Following the success of last year, when over 1300 people visited, the Jet Age Museum is extending its popular ‘Junior Pilots Wanted’ event, aimed at children of all ages, over the New Year weekend. 

The popular attraction will open on Saturday 31st December, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd January from 10-4pm.

In addition to being able to climb aboard the cockpits of a Gnat trainer, Hunter fighter, Vulcan bomber and Trident airliner, there’ll be a treasure hunt and a chance to participate in the “Jet Age Landing Gear Constructor Championship.” Sponsored by Safran Landing Systems and Virtual Aerospace – the Airport’s new flight simulator attraction – youngsters will need to use their engineering skills to piece together a mini landing gear system against the clock.  There’ll be prizes on the day for the fastest times and an opportunity to take part in the finals in February.

Airport operations director and museum trustee, Darren Lewington said; ‘2016 has been an excellent year for the museum.  Our visitor numbers have exceeded our expectations and we’ve now welcomed more than 75 000 people through our doors.  We’re hoping that 2017 will be just as good and the New Year weekend is the perfect opportunity to see what we have to offer.

Our collection tells the story of Gloucestershire’s aviation heritage and we’re very much hoping to inspire the next generation of pilots and aerospace engineers.’

The all-volunteer, registered charity museum, which opened officially in May 2014 is currently Gloucester’s number 2 visitor attraction on ratings website Trip Advisor and was again awarded a 2016 Certificate of Excellence.  It is located at Meteor Business Park, on the north side of Gloucestershire Airport and open at weekends, Wednesdays during the school holidays, and Bank Holidays from 10-4pm.  Parking and admission are free but donations are welcome.

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