At Gloucestershire Airport, in Gloucestershire, England, the Jet Age Museum’s new 11,000+ square foot display hangar is finally nearing completion with only interior work remaining. It is anticipated that the Hangar will be open to the public later this year.
Tim Kershaw, a Jet Age Museum (JAM) Trustee, says: “It’s fantastic that the permanent home for the museum is finally taking shape after years of setbacks and frustration. When we had to leave our old premises 12 years ago, we never dreamed it would take us so long, so we’re so grateful to all our members, backers, donors, grant-makers and other friends for sticking with us and making the Jet Age Museum a reality at last.”
The current construction project also includes a two-story lean-to structure which will add approximately 2,000 square feet of floor space that will house the JAM’s archive, a café, gift shop, and restroom facilities. Funds are still being raised for a second phase, which will see the newly-constructed main building further enlarged, permitting most of the aircraft in the museum’s collection to get under cover.
The museum’s latest acquisition, a Gloster Meteor T.7, is still at RAF Imjin Barracks to the north of Gloucester where it has been on static display as a gate guardian, but it will soon move to Gloucestershire when the JAM’s display hangar is completed. A Meteor NF.13 presently under restoration at Bruntingthorpe Airfield is scheduled to join the collection at the completion of the project. The JAM also has examples of the F.8 and F.14 Meteors, a Gloster Javelin, and a very accurate reproduction Gloster Gamecock, which is also approaching completion at a remote site.