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North East Land, Sea and Air Museums
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North East Land, Sea and Air Museums is located in Tyne and Wear
North East Land, Sea and Air Museums
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK
Established 1974
Location Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Coordinates 54°55′26″N 1°28′12″W / 54.924°N 1.470°W / 54.924; -1.470
Type Aviation Aviation museum

The North East Land, Sea and Air Museums (NELSAM), formerly the North East Aircraft Museum, is a volunteer-run aviation museum situated on the site of the former RAF Usworth/Sunderland Airport, between Washington and Sunderland, England. The museum has the largest aviation collection between Yorkshire and Scotland and houses over 30 aircraft and a wide collection of aero engines. The museum also has a small collection of other items such as weaponry, vehicles and other historical exhibits.[citation needed]

A military vehicle collection previously displayed in Newcastle upon Tyne began relocation to the museum's new large Romney hut in early 2012.[1]

NELSAM is a registered charity under English law.[2]


The museum used the old Sunderland Airport control tower for storage and administrative use that was burnt in an arsonist attack in September 1996.[citation needed] On 23 January 1997, arsonist destroyed the museum's Vickers Valetta C2 (VX577), which was one of three Valettas in existence.[3][4][5][6] Restoration over the past two decades, had been completed the previous summer.[citation needed]


Avro Vulcan B.2, XL319 on display at the museum.
Museum facilities, 2005
Museum facilities, 2005

The museum's collection includes:[7]


Aero Engines[edit]

Other items[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Military Vehicle Museum". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Charity Commission. NE LAND SEA AND AIR MUSEUM LTD, registered charity no. 1150286. 
  3. ^ Darke, Steve. "Vickers Valetta C2, VX577 / 429, North East Aircraft Museum :". Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "VX577 Vickers Valetta C.2". Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Aviation Photo #2011380: Vickers 659 Valetta C2 - UK - Air Force". Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Aircraft and Air Display International, Arsonist destroys Valetta, March 1997, p. 89
  7. ^ North East Aircraft Museum (2007). "Exhibits". Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Save The Trident Group (2011). "Save the Trident". Retrieved 19 October 2011. 

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