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Twinwood Museum, Bedford

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Located on the former World War 11, Royal Air Force Night Fighter training station

RAF Twinwood Farm, now the home of the Glenn Miller Museum and annual festival of Jazz and Swing held every August Bank Holiday weekend.

The Twinwood Aviation Museum is housed in the original Flight Office building, thanks to the generosity of Mr.David Wooding and Twinwood Events Ltd.

The museum is funded and maintained solely by volunteers who are aviation enthusiasts and dedicated to the cause of preserving our aviation heritage for future generations.

The museum was founded in January 2003, but the members have many years experience in the field of aviation archaeology and research.

The main activity of the museum involves the research, location and when feasible recovery of crashed military aircraft of historical importance from the Second World War.

The history of each aircraft is researched via U.S. Air Force and Air Ministry documents and reports from which an account and often poignant story of the aircraft and crew may be built up.

On the location of a crash site and after obtaining permission from the land owner and a licence from the Ministry of Defence (A legal requirement under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986) We are then able to locate with the aid of sophisticated metal detectors any remains of the aircraft and then excavate the site. Through the exhibition of such items we aim to create a museum of interest for all ages which can not only be entertaining but educational.

We also aim to preserve the memory of those who fought and flew in these aircraft during the war, and to remember the thousands who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives to secure our freedom.

It is also our aim to illustrate the work of the groundcrews who worked in all weather conditions to prepare arm and maintain the aircraft providing the necessary equipment to ensure victory.
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  • Together with friends I went to the Twinwood Music festival 2021 I've waited a while before leaving a review Firstly the good Excellent staff Very good Museums Music/dancing/entertainment Very... 
    Together with friends I went to the Twinwood Music festival 2021 I've waited a while before leaving a review Firstly the good Excellent staff Very good Museums Music/dancing/entertainment Very...  more »
  • Excellent not only the control tower but the museum has several ww11 buildings with lots of recovered artifacts from aircraft old shops as they were in the 1940s very friendly staff full of... 
    Excellent not only the control tower but the museum has several ww11 buildings with lots of recovered artifacts from aircraft old shops as they were in the 1940s very friendly staff full of...  more »

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