The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) tells the history of Boscombe Down and explains the place it has in the history of flight and flight test. In essence the aim is to the preserve the past for the future.
Military flying began at Boscombe Down in 1917 and continues to the present day. Experimental operation began in 1940 and the site remains at the forefront for testing as the UK’s and Western Europe’s only dedicated military flight test centre. Boscombe Down has played a major role in the history of flight and flight test.
Our aim is to bring this story to life by restorations, replicas and allowing people to experience sitting in our powered cockpits.
Summer Opening—February 16th 2014 to November 9th 2014
We are open 6 days a week Tuesday through Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10:00 till 17:00. Please note we are not normally open on Mondays.
Winter Opening—from November 10th 2014 to February 15th 2015
We are open 2 days a week, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 till 15:00. Please note we are not open during the week or on the 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
Last entry 1 hour before close.