Seeing Duncan's post about saving airfield buildings reminded me of one of my favourite enthusiast-run aviation museums. The Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum is no RAF Cosford, but that's part of its considerable charm. I first discovered it maybe twenty years ago, when I followed its signpost from the old Dumfries-Lockerbie Road.
Back then it was little more than a pleasantly battered but weatherproof control tower that the group had rescued and restored. Outside were a few part-complete aircraft and the shell of a Bristol Sycamore helicopter that served as a children's playground.
And it was pure magic.
It must be said that my wife wasn't as totally spellbound. I was gazing at a fragment of a tailfin, believed to have come from a Lockheed Hudson that crashed into a nearby bog. She shattered my reverie by asking me what was so interesting about a stick. But if you're looking for a real vintage aviaiton experience, there are few better places in the UK. These guys' passion and commitment flow from every torn flying helmet and dented wireless set.
Nowadays, I'm delighted to see how their collection has grown, but that grassroots enthusiasm is still alive and kicking. I'll be back there this spring for more.
Keep the faith guys, you're an inspiration to us all.
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