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Ian Whittle appeared at the Gloucester History Festival

To mark the 80th anniversary of the flight of the first Allied Jet, E28/39, the Gloucester History Festival held a special event on Monday 13th September at 4pm exploring the life of Frank Whittle and featuring his son Ian Whittle and biographer Duncan Campbell-Smith whose book Jet Man is published in paperback in Augu

Ian Whittle is the  Jet Age Museums Patron.


In early 2021 an exhibition was held celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Gloster Mars 1 / Bamel racing plane.

It won the UK Aerial Derby in 1921, 1922 & 1923, and held the British speed record of 196mph. Exhibition will be from July till the end of September..
Designed by H. P. Folland, the Mars I or ‘Bamel’ was a single-seat racing biplane: the greater part of the fuselage, landing gear and tail unit being constructed from components similar to those used in the well-known Nieuport Nighthawk, which the company took over in 1920. 

Museum’s Opening Hours

10.00am to 4pm  Saturdays and Sundays

No booking required

  • Exhibition Hall, Café and Shop open
  • We are continuing to offer hand sanitiser for our volunteers and visitors and recommend that sanitiser be used before entering, and after leaving, our open cockpits in the Display Hall.
  • Please note that while our Trident cockpit is now open for timed visits, the Vulcan cockpit currently remains closed.

We would also be grateful if all would respect the principles of social distancing to protect our volunteers and visitors while COVID infections are still a concern. 

Members August 2021 Newsletter 
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