Opened in June 2009 the Flying Boat Workshop has proved to be a successful visitor attraction in its own right. Since that time more then 26,000 visitors have entered the converted and renovated Dockyard and engine shed. The workshop is entirely maintained and manned by volunteers with the Trust overseeing the administration on their behalf.
The exhibits include a growing number of parts from the Sunderland T9044 that sank in the nearby waterway and include major components of two of the aircraft’s four engines models of maritime activity and aircraft associated with Pembroke Dock during the last war in addition to an interactive computer display,dioramas interpretation panels and a Perspex dome from T9044 that junior visitors can stand under for a photo-shoot. Model kits, gifts and books are also available for sale.
The most successful element of the Flying Boat Centre is the interaction and information provided by the volunteers in a live work shop environment. The volunteers take time to explain how various parts work, the history of the Sunderland aircraft and tell stories about the role the Pembroke Dock Flying Boat station played in the war.