A number of research aircraft formerly operated at RAE Bedford have been preserved in museums around the UK:
RAF Museum, Cosford
Home to several research aircraft operated at Bedford. The ‘Test Flight’ display includes five ex-Bedford aircraft: Fairey FD2 (WG777), Short SB5 (WG768), English Electric P1A (WG760), Hunting H126 Jet Flap (XN714) and Avro 707C (WZ744) – as well as the Bristol 188, a TSR2, the prototype Meteor (DG202), and the ACT Jaguar (XX765). Vickers Varsity (WL679) is in the Transport hangar (Hangar 1).
The Imperial War Museum, near Cambridge.
Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton (Somerset)
Home to HP115, research aircraft, based at Bedford 1961-1974
Science Museum, London
Home to the Short SC1 Aircraft XG900. The Short SC1 was the first British fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The Museum also houses Hawker P.1127, XP831. This is the first prototype VSTOL aircraft which achieved vertical take-off on 21st October, 1960.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Northern Ireland, near Belfast
The second Short SC1 (XG905) can be seen at the Flight Experience exhibit at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Both SC1 aircraft were formerly based at Bedford.
Home to Hawker P1127, XP984
Canberra WK163 is currently preserved at RAF St Mawgan.
Boulton Paul P111A VT935
The Midland Air Museum is situated on the North side of Coventry airport.