Wight Aviation Museum

The Wight Aviation Museum (WAM) is currently based in a hangar at Sandown Airport, and when it opens to the public will showcase the Isle of Wight’s rich aviation history through the people that made it happen, together with relevant artefacts.

Below are some of the articles which mention the Wight Aviation Museum.

Nominate today for second Isle of Wight Papa Owl Awards

Michael Lilley and Muddie

Papa Owl Awards celebrate invention, creativity, skill development, the recognition of creative thought and fighting against the odds of life to achieve extraordinary things on the Island. Tonight (Monday) you'll be able to nominate for the Wise Old Owl Awards and on Wednesday for the Little Owl Award.

Monday, 18th February, 2019 9:31am

By Michael Lilley

Wight Aviation Museum launches the Rocket Island Project with National Lottery grant

Rocket Island Project

The rich history of Isle of Wight innovation will be celebrated through this new collaborative project, the brainchild of Cllr Michael Lilley, as the story of the Black Arrow Rocket is told in local schools on the Island.

Monday, 21st January, 2019 1:14pm

By Michael Lilley with one comment

Appeal to bring home original Isle of Wight built Cushioncraft CC7 hovercraft

cushioncraft c7

Your help is needed to secure this icon of engineering excellence for British aviation heritage and bring the original Cushioncraft CC7 back to the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 3:52pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight aviators remembered this Armistice cententary

22 Squadron RFC with a Bristol F2b at Vert Galant aerodrome, which was situated about 12 miles north of Amiens.

Over 400 men who called the Isle of Wight home and served in the air forces during the first World War have been identified by Wight Aviation Museum. Isle of Wight; casualties ranged from age 18 to 47 years old, coming from all Island communities.

Friday, 9th November, 2018 8:59am

By Graham Drucker

‘Papa Owl Goes to Rocket Island’ out now: See at Literary Festival Youth Zone

Rocket Island Project

You can buy your copy of the latest Papa Owl book written by Michael Lilley and illustrated by Helen Stiles, whilst taking part in a rocket-making activity at the Youth Zone of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

Saturday, 20th October, 2018 9:18am

By Michael Lilley

Mary Ellis, WW2 Spitfire pilot, passes away aged 101 on the Isle of Wight

mary ellis

Thoughts go out to Mary's family and friends at this very sad time. She was an inspiration to many and her legacy will continue as her memory lives on.

Thursday, 26th July, 2018 8:06am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Time for Benedetta to be recognised as one of first women to get RAF Wings

Benedetta and Hurricane 2 - cropped

Benedetta Willis of Bembridge was one of the first five ex-ATA women pilots who their full RAF Wings in the 1950s. A documentary is planned to highlight this fantastic achievement.

Monday, 9th July, 2018 5:44pm

By Anne Grant

Extraordinary Islanders celebrated for their achievements at Papa Owl Awards

john ackroyd and thrust 2

The Papa Owl Annual Awards celebrate invention, creativity and skill development and the recognition of creative thought and fighting against the odds of life to achieve extraordinary things on the Island.

Thursday, 8th March, 2018 7:46am

By Michael Lilley with one comment

‘The Beagle has landed’ at the Wight Aviation Museum

Wight Aviation Museum - Design Concept

The Scottish Aviation Beagle Bulldog 120 G-CCOA has become the first exhibit at the new Wight Aviation Museum, opening this summer at Sandown Airport. Find out how to share your aviation memorabilia.

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 7:39am

By John Kenyon

Book now for first Annual Dinner to celebrate innovators and inventors

Concorde wing

Book your tickets now for the very first Papa Owl Annual Dinner, which celebrates the pioneering career of Geoff Lilley and encourages young people to be the inventors and innovators of the future.

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 11:25am

By Michael Lilley with one comment

Isle of Wight publisher launches children’s book as part of Age Friendly Island Campaign


On World Mental Health Day and in Celebrating Age Month, Isle of Wight author, Michael Lilley, announces the launch of Papa Owl and Rocket the Dog’s Big Flying Adventure.

Monday, 10th October, 2016 4:54pm

By Michael Lilley with one comment