Jet Age Museum in Gloucestershire, UK Set to Open Later this Month

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Gloster Javelin on loan from the RAF Museum shortly before its move indoors (Image Credit: Jet Age Museum)
Gloster Javelin on loan from the RAF Museum shortly before its move indoors
(Image Credit: Jet Age Museum)

The Jet Age Museum at Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton, UK is to reopen later this month, almost 13 years after it closed. Scheduled to open to the public on Saturday August 24th, the facility will be doing a “soft open,” initially open to the public only on weekends and holidays.

Gamecock1The museum’s collection of landmark aircraft concentrates on the rich aviation history of Gloucestershire and the Gloster Aircraft Company that called it home. The collection includes an extraordinary collection of Gloster’s landmark warbirds including a Gloster Javelin on loan from the Royal Air Force Museum, three Gloster Meteors, an English Electric Canberra, a De Havilland Vampire as well as several on-going projects including building a replica of a Glouster Gamecock, a replica Gloster E28, and the restoration of a Gloster Gladiator.

Jet Age MuseumThe collection was scattered after the museum’s old WWII-era hangar needed to be demolished, it took years of fundraising for the group to raise the £300,000 ($465,000 US) for the construction of the new facility. The museum’s exhibits were scattered to various storage facilities all these years and the collection has been re-coalessing at the new location over the past few months. New additions have been added as well, including a Gloster Meteor that was recently airlifted to the site by the RAF. Even with the frenzy of activity associated with preparing the display hangars the museum’s volunteers have managed to get the planes spruced up and ready for their public display.

Moreno-Aguiari

Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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