Museum Visits – Boulton Paul Heritage Project Open Day 19 April 2009

Boulton Paul Aircraft Heritage Project, GE Aviation, Wobaston Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton WV9 5EW

Telephone 01902-397700

Museum Open Day, Sunday 19 April 2009

Boulton Paul had moved from Norwich to Wolverhampton in 1934 and set up a purpose made factory to produce aircraft. The Defiant aircraft produced during WW2 was unique in that it was single engineed but with a turret in the fuselage behind the pilot. The company was also famous for producing many of the turrets used in WW2 bombers such as the Halifax.  Over the years, the company changed hands and is now owned by the American GE Aviation. One chap today told me that when they bought the company from Smith’s Aerospace in 2007, they didn’t know about the museum but had a very pleasant surprise. Now they are very supportive and are proud to have part of the company’s history on their site.  

The museum itself isn’t open to the public very often, which is a great shame, since it has a wonderful atmosphere to it. It’s like a private club of enthusiasts who are really enthusiastic about there interests and are more than happy to share it with you, which makes you feel really at home and welcomed. In addition to the Defiant, I was amazed to find a Jet Provost, a Balliiol trainers, a 1919 P6 Biplane, a number of Slingsby training gliders used by the ATC (Air Traning Corps) along with cockpits of a Hawker Hunter, Avro Anson, Canberra and a turret from a Halifax bomber. In addition to the open day was a working display of 1/6 scale – Action Man size ! – radio controlled model tanks, complete with loud engine noise by the UK Tank Club. It was also nice to see a number of classic cars on display which added to the atmosphere. While I was there, I saw a Sunbeam Alpine, a Model T Ford and a local Willys MB Jeep. Truly an amazing afternoon and one I would highly recommend. I can’t wait until the next one ! For further details visit their website at www.boultonpaul.com 

Random Images From Collection
Austin K2 Ambulance (1090 CX)
Austin K2 Ambulance (1090 CX)
Tilling Stevens TS20 3Ton 4x2 Searchlight (SSV 996)
Tilling Stevens TS20 3Ton 4x2 Searc
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (25 GN 38)
Bedford MJ 4 Ton Cargo (25 GN 38)
Bedford QLD 3Ton GS (640 UKK)
Bedford QLD 3Ton GS (640 UKK)
Staffordshire Regt Museum - Anderson Shelter Sign
Staffordshire Regt Museum - Anderso
Eastern Front Collection 594
Eastern Front Collection 594
Land Rover 101 Ambulance (AUE 485 S)(71 GJ 73)(Courtsey of Jim & John Stebbings)
Land Rover 101 Ambulance (AUE 485 S
Ford Iveco Cargo 10Ton 6x4 (15 AY 45)
Ford Iveco Cargo 10Ton 6x4 (15 AY 4
Wartime in the Vale 2010, GMC 352 CCKW 6x6 Cargo (PSU 769)
Wartime in the Vale 2010, GMC 352 C
Scammell Crusader 6x4 Tractor (23 GJ 71)
Scammell Crusader 6x4 Tractor (23 G
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (9199 JH)(Copyright Ken Reid)
Bedford OYD 3Ton GS (9199 JH)(Copyr
Eastern Front Collection 529
Eastern Front Collection 529
AEC 0853 Matador (65 WPA)
AEC 0853 Matador (65 WPA)
US 160 Signal Brigade
US 160 Signal Brigade
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (UYJ 923)
AEC 0853 Matador Conversion (UYJ 92
willys-mb-jeep-676-uxt-rear
willys-mb-jeep-676-uxt-rear
US Army Engineers Center & School
US Army Engineers Center & Sch
Eastern Front Collection 50
Eastern Front Collection 50
Eastern Front Collection 22
Eastern Front Collection 22
Unipower BR90 8x8 Bridging System Vehicle (14 CP 18)
Unipower BR90 8x8 Bridging System V