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But it isn't just war planes that get a star billing.

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Indeed, the museum attracts a broad range of people from aircraft enthusiasts to sixth form art students who sketch the planes as projects and younger pupils who are more interested in the blood and guts stories.

NUCLEAR bombs are not a regular sight in Sunderland. Luckily for Wearsiders, the one at the North East Aircraft Museum is not live and has only been used for training purposes still it's a pretty impressive sight.

year but now that figure has dropped to 10,000.

"We are not getting the new arrivals like we used to. Now the only time that people hear about us is when one of the planes gets vandalised."

Another was a pilot during the Falklands War who went to see the Argentinian ground attack plane that he had shot at and damaged.

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"If you look at places like Beamish they are very hands on and that's what I think we should be doing. Like making cockpits safe so that the kids can actually get in them and see what its all about."

Whether its a German World War II silk parachute with a segment cut out of it to make ladies' knickers or an Argentinian Falklands War plane complete with British bullet holes, it is the stories behind the exhibits which help to bring them alive.

"You have to remember that as a charity we don't have the clout that a place such as Beamish has. They can afford to pay someone who can solely deal with grants, we just don't have that luxury.

Exploring our heritage

With the upcoming Heritage Open Day, the museum is hoping to rectify that problem by using it as a platform to show people the rich heritage that the site has to offer.

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In 1953, the latter plane was the British world air speed record holder after reaching speeds of 737.3 miles per hour.

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As a reminder, the museum gave him a maker's plate from the plane to take home with him.

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Despite the fact that Sunderland is home to the largest aircraft museum for miles, its visitor numbers have dropped dramatically in recent years.

"I want to look at is as a business. If we are to appeal to a wider audience we need to look at is as beyond a collection of planes.

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Other main attractions include a Westland Widgeon helicopter used in the 1971 Anthony Hopkins film When Eight Bells Toll and a Swift F.4.

Future plans also include access to a Jetstream cockpit and displays on the Wright brothers and development of aviation from 1860.

"I think that the museum doesn't just have to be about restoring planes.

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Visitors have also included various former pilots. One was a German war pilot who was reunited with the remains of his Dornier 217 that was shot down over Great Stainton, near Stockton on Tees.

to expansion plans. A Gill Air passenger plane is to be converted into a classroom, complete with digital projector and lap top docking stations.

Potentially deadly it may be, but this weapon is just one of the unusual artefacts on display at the Washington based museum.

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Dave, 49, said: "We have only got 15 years left on this lease so it's a case of getting funding and talking to the council for an extension.

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Dave, who is from Washington, said:"This area is very important to our history. It defended the whole of the North East from German attack during the Second World War as a number of squadrons flew from here.

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Publicity and marketing manager, Dave Bolt, explained why: "This is one of the most unique places in the North East, but it just doesn't get the attention it deserves.

"We had a presence at the Air Show recently and people kept saying that they didn't even realise that the museum was still there."

We also get people coming here who have actually flown planes such as Lancaster bombers."

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