The Solway Aviation Museum is situated at
Carlisle Airport, about 7 miles northeast of
Carlisle. The museum is normally open Friday
to Sunday and Holidays.
The image below is of the Museum
buildings, a Canberra aircraft on the right,
and a Percival Sea Prince on the left. You
can enter both these aircraft and use the
The British built Canberra was constructed
from the mid 1940s as a high altitude, medium
sized, jet powered, bomber. A Canberra was
the first jet aircraft to make a non-stop
transatlantic flight in 1951, could fly at
70,000 ft, and 580 mph.
Museum Map . Canberra Wiki
The image below is a UK built Avro Vulcan
bomber in service from 1956 to 1984, top
attraction at the Solway Aviation Museum. The
Vulcan was designed as a high altitude
nuclear bomber, with a speed of around 645
mph, and could fly at 55,000 ft. You can
enter the aircraft for a guided tour.
In 1960, the Soviets shot down a US, U2
Spy Plane operating at 70,000 ft, with a
surface to air missile. This resulted in the
the UK having to operate the Vulcan Bombers
at low altitude to try and avoid radar
As low level bombing was believed to have
a limited success rate, the Polaris Nuclear
Submarines were used in the British Navy from
1968 as the main nuclear deterrent.
Five Vulcan Bombers were used in the
Falklands War in 1982. This one at the Solway
Aviation Museum, Vulcan XJ823, is thought to
have been one of the five aircraft, the only
wartime combat missions any were used in,
using conventional bombs.
The image below is of a UK built English
Electric Lightning jet fighter that could
operate at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound,
about 1,300 mph. Altitude of the Lightning
was top secrete, thought to be between 60,000
ft and 88,000 ft.
The Lightning served in the British
Airforce from 1959 to 1988 as a fast
interceptor, with an incredible rate of
Lightning Wiki Page.
The image below is of a US built Phantom
FGR2 that began entering service in 1960,
with a speed of over Mach 2.2, and could fly
up to 98.000 ft.
Phantom aircraft were operated by the
British Airforce and on British Navy Carriers
from 1969. The last Phantom aircraft were
taken out of UK service in 1992. These are
multi role aircraft, fighters, and high or
low level bombers.
The Phantom was replaced by the European
built Mach 2.2 Tornado that
began entering service in 1985. The Tornado
began being replaced by the Mach 2 Eurofighter
Typhoon from 2003.
The image below is of a UK built Gloster
Meteor jet fighter that entered service in
1944 with a speed of 600 mph, and service
height of 43,000 ft.
This was the first UK jet fighter that
entered service in the last few months of
WWII. The Meteor was soon obsolete due to the
rapid development of jet engines, and swept
wing aircraft, designed to operate close to,
and break through the sound barrier, about
The meteor was replaced by the 720 mph
Huricane from 1951, and 710 mph Gloster
Javelin from 1956.
The image below is of the Solway Aviation
Museum Engine section. The museum shows the
working parts of piston engines, radial
engines, jet engines and rockets.
This is a fairly large walk through museum
with information on engines, ejector seats,
guns, bombs and a lot more.
For more information, and a full list of
aircraft, visit the museum website below.