See how the inhabitants of Manston survived during those dark days of World War II with the constant bombing and meagre rations.
1945 Air Speed Record.
Manston was the operating base for the 1945 World Air Speed Record attempt. The exhibit has commemorative plaques and pilot memorabilia.
Operation Chastise (The Dams Raid).
The museum holds one of the few recovered practice ‘Bouncing Bombs’ that were designed by Barnes Wallis to breach the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943. 617 Squadron, The Dambusters, operated from Manston to perfect the delivery of the weapon off the coast of Herne Bay.
The Cold War.
The exhibit displays one of the many radar consoles, used to protect the UK from the threat posed by the Eastern Bloc, from the extensive underground bunker at nearby RAF Ash.
The museum displays a number of ejection seats taken from former and current RAF aircraft.
There are numerous engines on display next to their associated airframes. They range from early centrifugal types to the mighty re-heated J-79 from the Phantom.
Guns and Munitions.
This extensive exhibition room displays many of the weapons and munitions used by the RAF Regiment to defend the airfield and range from World War I to the present day. Also displayed are the guns carried by aircraft types operating out of Manston during World War II.
The cabinet holds numerous helmets worn by pilots throughout the world.
The museum possesses three types of Link Trainer that were used to train pilots for navigation and night flying during World War II. On Open Cockpit Days the public are encouraged to try their hand at flying these difficult machines.
An expanding collection of air-to-air and ground-to-air missiles are on display in the museum.
The museum displays numerous models that enhance various exhibits as well as depicting aircraft that have graced the airfield.
The scale model railway depicts how RAF Manston would have looked in the 1930s. Taken from original blueprints it can be operated by the visitor via a coin slot.
The cabinet displays many of the awards presented to the station throughout its history.
There are many vehicles to see from replica World War I lorries to light tanks.
Two exhibits display the tools and equipment that would have been used when Manston was a School of Technical Training during World War I and the 1930s.
The museum holds numerous photographs depicting its development from inception during World War I to its closure in 2013
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