The Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop are in the last throws of their preparation for their annual fundraising event, Wallop Wheels and Wings which will take place on both the Museum site and the historic adjacent airfield on 1 July.
Visitors to the Museum last week were lucky to see the Wildcat and Apache helicopters rehearsing for the flypast which followed Trooping the Colour.
If the weather is kind, visitors to Wheels and Wings will see some amazing flypasts in the afternoon from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, the Rolls Royce Heritage Flight and the stunning Navy Wings Swordfish. Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to be able to see the amazing Apache Helicopter up close at the event from 10am-2pm.
The event is a great day out for the whole family, not just for car, bike and aircraft enthusiasts and will see a full programme of entertainment running throughout the day including inflatables, craft activities, laser tag and circus skills for all ages to get involved in. Younger visitors will also have lots of fun with the classic pedal planes and little tanks. The event village will showcase local artisan traders including Test Valley Gin, New Forest Shortbread, Downton Distillery and many more and is a great chance to support local independent traders and pick up some unique gifts.
Along with over 250 classic and super cars and motorcycles, the Museum are also thrilled to welcome Thruxton Circuit to the event who will bring a wonderful display of Best of British cars for visitors to see. Visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favourite car from those selected for the Concours D’Elegance which include a Buick Special, a very rare British Salmson and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
Chief Executive of the Museum Lucy Johnson said: “Wallop Wheels and Wings is the Army Flying Museum’s main fundraising event and a chance to showcase some of the best vintage aircraft, cars and motorbikes on the beautiful site of Middle Wallop airfield. We are thrilled that this year, visitors will be able to see the Apache in situ on the airfield as it really is a sight to behold. The museum is an independent charity and relies on fundraising activities to support the work we do in preserving the history of Army aviation, so the proceeds from this event are vitally important. But it’s also a brilliant day out for the whole family and we hope you can join us!”
All tickets purchased in advance of the event come with a free annual pass for the Museum valid from 2 July and with all school holiday activities included in the annual pass, this gives great value for money for local families to enjoy and support this great local Museum.