I found out a few days ago that the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre by RAF St Mawgan has been ordered to be closed by Cornwall county council.
I don’t know all the ins and outs , but they had notice to close and move 12 months ago, and in that time they raised a million pounds and fought hard to save and move all the aircraft but it looks like they just could not find a suitable place to move them all.
A few days ago the council, ( in my view a very narrow minded and obstinate council) ordered the Museum to close and move all property and aircraft off sight immediately… A herculean and also impossible task ( you could say idiots here !!! )
The owners of the museum must have got in contact with the RAF as there is a JARTs team here dismantling 2 Tornadoes the museum had on loan and were used as exercise aircraft for that team to use along with a Hawk trainer.
Not really sure what will happen to the rest of the aircraft, but it’s a crying shame as it was a decent little private charity based museum, just preserving historic aircraft.
I took a few images to show here after I walked the dog early at our site next to where the museum is ( it was actually on land that was ex RAF St Mawgan but then sold to council and became Cornwall airport property) and they actually stored the aircraft and used 2 or 3 old HAS’s.
Here are the images in no real order.
An old Harrier … I will try and put them all together by type …
The Shackleton… This was at one time the gate guardian at RAF St Mawgan. The museum staff were in the process of refurbing it, and getting the 2 inboard engines working…not to be now sadly
A Jet Provost ?
And the 2 Tornadoes. ( Just the tailplane of one). The JARTs team are in the process of dismantling them for transport and all wings are off etc.
There are a few other Aircraft I didn’t look around, VC10, BA 111 … Sad loss, will update if I find anything else out.