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HistoryOn November the 11th 2000, after 6 years of hard work, MAPS (Manx Aviation Preservation Society) opened the doors of its museum near Castletown. The exhibition rooms have been arranged to represent military, civil, and wartime aviation. There are guns, uniforms, photos, facts, stories, and recovered aircraft parts, just to start. The site for the museum is perfect because the building is near the present day airfield and was constructed as part of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) station in 1944.
The isle of man had three military airfields. RAF Andreas, RAF Jurby, and the Royal Naval Air Station Ronaldsway. A wealth of relics from wartime have been collected together. Including Women at War and the Isle of Man Home Guard.
Recent addition to the museum was the Manx Regiment. Follow the story of the 15th Light Anti Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery, which saw active service during World War 2.
LocationLocated just to the right of Ronaldsway Airport in the south of the island, between Ballasalla and Castletown. The one-storey white building is marked with an aeroplane propeller on the side.
Travel to the airport along the A5, where it is located between Ballasalla and Castletown. The Museum has its own entrance to the right of the airport.
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The airport can be reached by taking the Electric Railway to Douglas and then the Steam Railway to the Ronaldsway stop.
Along the Steam Railway only, take the Ronaldsway stop between Castletown and Ballasalla. Then walk to the site just to the right of Ronaldsway Airport.
Visiting the Manx Military and Aviation MuseumA wonderful local museum run by volunteers on weekends and holidays. A fine effort to keep the history of the island's aviation past alive and viewable by the public. The exhibition rooms are well planned out, based on themes from different points in aviation history. Photographs line the walls and cabinets are filled with relics from the past. There are quite a few items, from plane parts to uniforms, which are set out on forms to be viewed as they were once worn. The miniature aeroplanes are impressive and well worth a closer look. Don't miss out on this museum. It is a real hidden treasure.