The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is dedicated to the history of Aviation and in particular that of the R.A.F. It is one of two sites, the other being at Colindale, near Hendon, in North London. Cosford opened on 1st may 1979 and was one of the R.A.F. stations which had been used to store the museum’s collection of aircraft. Over the following years additional aircraft were added to the collection and in June 1998 four additional galleries were opened.
The Museum is situated in the beautiful countryside of Shropshire and sits next to an active airfield. There are over 70 aircraft in the three Wartime Hangers and the National Cold War Exhibition. Two of the highlights are the world’s oldest Spitfire and a Lincoln Bomber. There are also the Comet 1A and Gnat T1 which have previously been used by the Red Arrows. There is also one of the finest collections in the world of engine and missiles.
In 2007 the £12.5 million National Cold War Exhibition was opened at Cosford by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. This land mark building truly has the ‘wow’ factor with its eye catching architecture and design. A number of the 19 aircraft are suspended in flying attitudes. Iconic cars, models, audio visual hotspots and life-size Russian (Matryoshka) dolls, tell the story of the Cold War in an innovative way. This is the only place in the UK where you can see Britain’s three V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.
With so much to see, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford really is an entire day out for the whole family, so why not visit soon?
10am – 6pm [last admission 5pm]Applies March – October10am – 5pm [last admission 4pm]Applies November – February
A car parking charge is payable.Royal Air Force Museum Cosford,
Shifnal, Shropshire TF11 8UP
T: 01902 376 200
Official Website : www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford
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