To celebrate 40 years of being open to the public the Newark Air Museum is hosting a Gala Day on Sunday 14th April 2013. This will take place at its site in eastern Nottinghamshire, close to the county border with Lincolnshire and throughout the day visitors will be able to visit at the special discounted admission rate of £4.00 per person.

One of the major aspects of the Gala event will see members of the Cockpit Opening Team opening aircraft cockpits that are not normally open to the public. This could include: the Vampire, Venom, NF14, Jetstream, Viggen and Draken. Some cockpits will be free to look in, and for those where visitors will be allowed to sit in a small additional fee of 40p per visit will be charged.

To support the Gala celebrations the museum is also running a free to enter photographic competition called ‘Favourites from 40!’

The competition is open to the general public and to museum members and aims to collect photographs from the past 40 years of the museum’s history.

Each person can submit a maximum of 4 photographs about any aspect of the museum or feature museum exhibits / people, taken during the last 40 years (1973 to 2013); ideally one to be entered into each of the following categories.

  • Friendly
  • Factual
  • Fantastic
  • Funny

Entries can be submitted in printed format (7”x5” prints please) or JPG digital files.

All of the entries will be displayed at the 40th Anniversary Gala event on Sunday 14th April 2013; and they will also be considered for inclusion in the RAF Winthorpe / Museum history project that is currently being compiled by the museum.

As an added incentive a series of prizes will also be awarded.

The four best Visitor Competition Entries will each be awarded a Family Admission Pass that will be valid for one year and will allow free admission to the museum and all of its events.

The four best Museum Member Competition Entries will each be awarded free museum membership for one year.

Application forms can be obtained from the Museum Shop or via email to

Further updates about this event, including a full list of accessible cockpits will be posted on the news & information page of the museum website at