See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

Manston, near Ramsgate, Kent

Manston, Kent is home to not one but two museums dedicated to aviation history and one of the few remaining wartime Spitfires

Manston, dating back to WWI when the village farmland was first used as an airfield for emergency landings, is home to the unique free museum named in honour and home to the iconic, legendary fighter aircraft Spitfire and Hurricane. These aircraft served the RAF in many areas of battle both at home and overseas, and today thrill people with their aerial displays.

Discover not just through the aircraft, but a host of objects and artefacts of the story of life in and around nearby Ramsgate, during WWII. Learn about the history of Manston airfield from its beginnings through aircraft and artefacts including World War I, the first RAF Meteor Jet squadron to modern civil aviation the RAF Manston History Museum.

Content provided by Thanet District Council Tourism Unit

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For more local tourist information:

  • Thanet Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address [email protected]
  • Contact Details 01843 577577

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SSpitfire at RAF Manston ©Thanet Tourism
AAviation exhibits at the RAF Manston History Museum ©Thanet Tourism
HHurricane on display at the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum, Manston ©Thanet Tourism
AAviation history on display at the RAF Manston History Museum ©Thanet Tourism
SSit outside the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum ©Thanet Tourism

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