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Additional Exhibits

Firestreak Missile - As used by the Javelin fighter aircraft, displayed on its handling trolley


Landing gear legs

Avro Shackleton and Vulcan main landing gear legs. Manufactured by Dowty Landing Gear.

Unibus Scooter

  Just after the First World War, the Gloucestershire Aircraft Company diversified into the production of a motor scooter, which was marketed under the name of Unibus. Built at the firm’s Sunningend Works in Cheltenham in the early 1920s, the machine was designed by Harold Boultbee, who was an aircraft designer. A fine job he made of it too. The machine was one of the best and most advanced designs of that era. The Unibus on display at the museum is in working order.

Airfield Fire Cart - probably manufactured before World War 2

Factory Clocking In Clock & Whistle

Gloster Aircraft Company wooden clock for staff clocking in and out at the factory, manufactured by Gledhill Brook, mechanism and case restored. Restored large steam factory whistle/hooter, sounded to mark the start and end of the day.

Pilot Display

Display of dummy pilot with uniform and ejection seat, and photos / short biographies of Gloster pilots in the background.

Airborne Forces Display

Gloucestershire played a major part in airborne operations in WW2.
Both RAF Down Ampney and RAF Fairford were embarkation airfields for the invasion of Europe.

Hispano Cannon

This Hispano 20mm aircraft cannon was recovered from Typhoon 1b JR516 aircraft which caught fire / crashed on the 5th August 1944 at Taynton / Tibberton, between Huntley and Newent in Gloucestershire. The HS.404 was an autocannon produced by Hispano-Suiza and derivates and was widely used as both an
aircraft and land based weapon in the 20th century by French, British, American and numerous other military services, particularlduring the World War 2.


This turboprop blade has a significant place in the history of the Jet Age. The world’s first turboprop aircraft was a modified Gloster Meteor used as a testbed for the Rolls-Royce Trent engine. With five-bladed propellers fitted to its two modified Derwent jet engineit pioneered the type of propulsion used by many short and medium range airliners today. Meteor I EE227 had seen RAF service before being transferred for the new engines to be installed. It first flew on
September 20, 1945, with Gloster’s chief test pilot Eric Greenwood at the controls.