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Air Transport

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 2,280 objects related to air transport. These date from between 1910 and 1999.

The air transport collection comprises more than 1,500 objects related to civil aviation as well as other items concerned with military aviation and aeroplane and aerospace models. Civil aviation items range from early experimental engines to a Rolls-Royce Olympus test engine. Notably, this part of the collection includes objects acquired after the Lockerbie air disaster in which 270 people were killed as a result of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Military aviation boasts the exceptional Vickers-Armstrongs Supermarine Spitfire from 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron. This is complemented by an associated and valuable oral history archive that draws on the experiences of Spitfire pilots. There are also a few aircraft parts from World War I and World War II, including items made by William Beardmore of Glasgow. Aeroplane and aerospace models consist mostly of airliners which date between the 1950s and the 1990s, as well as space shuttles and experimental hypersonic Wave Riders.