Photo: Ruth AS

Based in Sunderland, the North East Aircraft Museum, formerly the Sunderland Airport and RAF Usworth, was established in 1916 as a World War II airfield.

Now, the base houses an awe-inspiring collection of National Aviation Heritage Registered (NAHR) aircraft. The North East Aircraft Museum is home to more than 30 exhibits; both fully restored and under restoration, as well as a large collection of aircraft engines and the museum has been expanding its collection since 1975. The museum also displays other military and non-military related relics.

The museum is charged with the duty of caring for Britain’s aviation history within the North East of England. The museum run a permanent collection which can be viewed all year round, but also hold special events and exhibitions. They to increase their collection of aircraft with regular campaigns to salvage any decommissioned aircraft.

The base has such a far-reaching history that it is said to be haunted by regular ghosts, such as the bootless Shaw, three Frank’s and a George all wandering around the hangers. The museum makes for an interesting day out and is a trip for the whole family with plenty of history and education to be picked up along the way!


Old Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3HZ
Tel: 0191 5190662
Times: April – October, Daily, 10.00 – 17.00
November – March, Daily, 10.00 – dusk