Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum’s history dates back to World War I when, from the outset of the war, nearby St Mildred’s Bay inn Westgate-on-Sea was used as a landing strip for aircraft. In 1915-1916, aircraft started to use the open farmland of Manston as an emergency landing site. Soon the Admiralty established an aerodrome at Manston and was integral in providing air defence, continuing with the formation of the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. It also is heavily involved in World War II, where it was heavily bombed during the Battle of Britain. The collection has a plethora of historic artefacts from the Second World War including a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane and you can book a flight (online) on their Spitfire simulator (minimum age of 16 years).
Tuesday to Sunday, open Bank Holiday Mondays
Spitfire Simulator: £30.
Cafe • Free Parking
Picture Credit: © Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum.