An evening at the Gatwick Aviation Museum

at Gatwick Aviation Museum have teamed up with Gatwick Aviation Museum to offer an evening of Cold War classics on 23rd September. A hop, skip and a jump from the UK’s second busiest airport, Gatwick Aviation Museum plays host to a collection of some of the UK’s most iconic aircraft from the fifties, sixties and seventies.

Starring in our first night-shoot at this location will be six of the museum’s ten aircraft, including a brace of fast jets.

The night will commence by taking full advantage of the deep blue skies of twilight, during which we’ll be lighting the Percival Sea Prince T.1 and Avro Shackleton MR.3.

Also to feature in the event is English Electric Lightning F.53 ZF579; acquired by the museum in 2000, the Lightning is one of the best preserved F.53s around and has recently been returned to the striking polished metal scheme it wore in service with 2 Sqn Royal Saudi Air Force as ‘53-671’.

We then move indoors for the remainder of the event, as the collection's Buccaneer, Hunter and Harrier have moved inside to escape the elements, the former to receive some TLC over the winter months.

The Harrier GR.3 is the one of few aircraft at the museum without an engine, its Rolls-Royce Pegasus having gone on to provide life to an Indian Navy Sea Harrier, it is believed. Having been delivered to the museum from Lee-on-Solent masquerading as a Sea Harrier, XV751 has since returned to 3 Squadron markings, as it served between 1977 and 1979.

The resident Buccaneer spent its life as a trials aircraft at West Freugh and later, Boscombe Down. As such it wears a white, red and blue scheme not too dissimilar from the 4 FTS clothes worn by Hunter XL591.


Registration Type Base
Avro Shackleton MR.3
Gatwick Aviation Museum
Blackburn Buccaneer S.1
Gatwick Aviation Museum
English Electric Lightning F.53
Gatwick Aviation Museum
Hawker Hunter T.7
Gatwick Aviation Museum
Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR.3
Gatwick Aviation Museum
G-GACA [WP308]
Percival Sea Prince T.1
Gatwick Aviation Museum