We're based on Meteor Business Park on Cheltenham Road East on the north side of Gloucestershire Airport.  Look for the traffic lights between the large white Dowty Safran building (3 flags on the roof) and Golden Castle Caravans.  Turn into Meteor Business Park at the lights and the Museum gates will be on your right

The address is:

Meteor Business Park,
Cheltenham Road East,

The number 94 bus service from Gloucester & Cheltenham operates every 10 minutes at peak times.  The ‘Dowty’ stop is two minutes’ walk away.

Please note that there is no access via Gloucestershire Airportʼs main entrance


A grass taxiway, designated ‘R’ accesses the museum’s grass parking area.  Advise ATC that you wish to taxi to the museum and they’ll direct you accordingly.



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Rolls-Royce Avon
Our Rolls-Royce Avon was one of two which powered our Canberra WK126. It is an example of their first axial flow jet engine designed and produced by rolls-Royce. Introduced in 1950, it went on to become one of their most successful post-World War II engine designs, with production only ending in 1974.

The first engines provided 6,500 lbf (29kN) thrust to the English Electric Canberra B2, the B6, Hawker Hunter and Supermarine Swift. 

Uprated versions were used in the de Havilland Comet C2, and C3, the Vickers Valiant and the Hawker Hunter F6. An Avon-powered de Havilland Comet 4 flew the first scheduled transatlantic jet service in 1958. 

The most powerful version producing nearly double the power if the initial examples (12,690 lbf (56,450 N) and 16,360lbf (72,770 N) in afterburner) was used in later versions of the English Electric Lightning. 

Other aircraft to use the Avon included the de Havilland Sea Vixen and Fairey Delta, the Saab Lansen, and the SAAB Draken.

The Avon continued production, mostly for the use in the Sud Aviation Caravelle and English Electric (BAC) Lightning, until 1974, by which time over 11,000 had been built.

Rolls-Royce Derwent
Jet Age Museum’s Rolls-Royce Derwent is a Mk.8, sectioned and on a stand complete with jet pipe. It was given to the museum by North Gloucestershire Technical College.
The Derwent is essentially an improved version of the Rolls-Royce Welland, itself a renamed version of Frank Whittle's Power Jets W.2B, Rolls Royce inherited the design from Rover when they took over their jet engine development in 1943. The performance over the original design was somewhat improved, reliability dramatically, making the Derwent the chosen engine for the Gloster Meteor and many other post-World War II British jet designs.

The basic Derwent design was also used to produce a larger 5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) thrust engine known as the Rolls-Royce Nene.
Development of the Nene continued in a scaled-down version specifically for use on the Meteor. Several Derwents and Nenes were sold to the Soviet Union, causing a major political row, as it was the most powerful production-turbojet in the world at the time. The Soviets promptly reverse engineered the Derwent V and produced their own unlicensed version, the Klimov RD-500.
The Mk.V was also used on the Canadian Avro Jetliner, but this was never put into production.  On 7 November 1945, a Meteor powered by the Derwent V set a world air speed record of 606 mph (975 km/h).

Rolls-Royce Merlin

The Rolls-Royce Merlin is a liquid-cooled, 27-litre (1,650 cu in) capacity, V-12 piston aero engine. 

Initially known as the PV-12, Rolls-Royce named the engine the Merlin following the company convention of naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey. 

The first operational aircraft to enter service using the Merlin were the Fairey Battle, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. More Merlins were made for the four-engined Avro Lancaster heavy bomber than any other aircraft.

Arguably one of the most successful aircraft engines of the World War II era, many variants were built by Rolls-Royce in Derby, Crewe and Glasgow, as well as by Ford of Britain in Trafford Park, Manchester. The Packard V-1650 was a version of the Merlin built in the United States. 

Production ceased in 1950 after a total of almost 150,000 engines had been delivered.

Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593

Our Olympus jet engine is from the RAF Museum reserve collection.

The Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593 was a reheated (afterburning) turbojet which powered the supersonic  airliner Concorde. 

Until Concorde's regular commercial flights ceased the Olympus turbojet was unique in aviation as the only afterburning turbojet powering a commercial aircraft. 

The Olympus 593 project was started in 1964, using the BAC TSR2's Olympus 320 as a basis for development. Bristol Siddeley of the UK and Snecma Moteurs of France were to share the project. Acquiring Bristol Siddeley in 1966, Rolls-Royce continued as the British partner. 

In April 1967 the Olympus 593 ran for the first time in a high altitude chamber, at Saclay Île-de-France, France. By January
1968 the Vulcan flying test bed logged 100 flight hours.

On the 2nd March 1969 Concorde prototype 001, started its first take off run, with afterburners lit. The four Olympus 593 engines accelerated the aircraft, and after 4,700 feet (1.4 km) of runway and at a speed of 205 knots (380 km/h). A total of 67 Olympus engines were built.