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Royal Air Force Museum Cosford



Take-off to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire and enjoy a great day out for all the family. Admission is free, simply book your arrival time online and then it's chocks away as you explore the Museum’s vast collection of aircraft, vehicles, artefacts and the fascinating story of the RAF!

The Museum is home to over 75 historic aircraft including the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few, displayed inside three wartime hangars and within the award winning National Cold War Exhibition.

Step back in time and view the interactive Battle of Britain display featuring the world's oldest Spitfire. The Spitfire forms the centrepiece of the new display, where the RAF’s frontline fighters, the Spitfire, Hurricane, Gladiator and Defiant are face to face with their German rivals the Me 109 and Ju88. Previously unseen objects from the Museum’s collection including flying jackets, medal bars and artefacts from the plotting rooms, will share the stories of the people who helped win the Battle, in the air and on the ground.

Let your imagination take flight inside the National Cold War Exhibition, where you will discover Cold War stories in immersive Hotspots and explore exciting displays of aircraft, iconic cars, models, tanks and even life-sized Russian dolls. Aircraft not to be missed include all three British V Bombers; Vulcan, Victor and Valiant and the English Electric Lightning suspended vertically!

Don't forget to check out the Test Flight hangar. Here you will find a collection of prototype aircraft, many were produced in secrecy, often utilising components borrowed from other types. Highlights include the Bristol 188, built mainly of stainless steel and designed to investigate the effects of heat on aircraft structures at very high speeds.

Families visiting the RAF Museum Cosford will have the added excitement of a brand-new aviation themed playground to explore. Youngsters who dream of becoming pilots and ground crew alike now have the opportunity to roleplay as they delve into the new bespoke airfield inspired playground, complete with a mock control tower, mini hangar and even aircraft to climb onboard. The new playground will give the Museum’s youngest visitors an interactive RAF experience like no other, from physical training instructor stations, air traffic control, through to refuelling missions.

After wandering in the hangars, visitors can relax and enjoy a coffee in the restaurant which has a great selection of hot and cold food available with views overlooking the airfield.

The Museum is now open daily from 10.00am with a range of measures in place to ensure a safe and great day out for the whole family. While still offering FREE entry to all, visitors are kindly asked to pre-book their arrival time online at www.rafmuseum.org.


Royal Air Force Museum Cosford



TF11 8UP

Tel: 01902 376200



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Opening times:

Daily (incl. bank holidays)

10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm)

December 24th - 26th + Janury 1st


Admission Prices: Amenities:


Licensed Restaurant


Museum Shop

Free Wifi

Access around the Museum is easy with wide aisles for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Wheelchairs and electronic scooters are available free on arrival at the admissions desk, on a first come first served basis.

Aircraft exhibits:  

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C1
Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF14
Auster T7 Antarctic
Avro Anson C.19
Avro Lincoln B2
Avro Vulcan B2
Avro York C1
Blackburn Buccaneer S1 (Nose section only)
Boulton Paul Defiant
Boulton Paul Sea Balliol
Bristol Britannia 312
Bristol M1c
Bristol Sycamore HR14
Bristol Type 188
British Aircraft Corporation TSR 2
British Aerospace EAP
Canadair Sabre 4
Chinook 'Bravo November'
Comper CLA.7 Swift
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
De Havilland Chipmunk
De Havilland Comet 1XB
De Havilland Devon
De Havilland Tiger Moth
De Havilland Mosquito TT35
Douglas Dakota
English Electric Canberra PR9
English Electric Lightning F1/P1B
English Electric P1A
Fairchild F-24 Argus
Fairey FD2
Fieseler Storch
Focke Achgelis FA330
Focke Wulf Fw190A-8/R6
General Dynamics F-111F-CF
Gloster Gladiator
Gloster Javelin FAW1
Gloster Meteor F8 Prone Position
Gloster Meteor T7
Handley Page Hastings
Handley Page Victor K2
Hawker Cygnet

Hawker Hind (Afghan)
Hawker Hunter T7A
Hawker Hurricane IIc
Hawker Siddeley Andover E3A
Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.Mk.1
Hawker Siddeley Gnat T1
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3
Hawker Siddeley Hunter F6
Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R.Mk.1
Hawker Siddeley Vulcan B2
Hawker-Siddeley Kestrel FGA.1
Hunting H126
Hunting Percival Pembroke C1
Junkers Ju52/3M (CASA 352L)
Junkers Ju88
Kawasaki Ki-1001b
Lockheed Hercules C130K Mk3
Lockheed SP-2H Neptune
Messershcmitt Bf109 G
Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet
Messerschmidt Me262A-2a
Messerschmitt Me 410A-1-U2
Mignet Flying Flea
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21PF
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis
Mitsubishi Ki-46 'Dinah'
Panavia Tornado P02
Percival Provost T1
Saunders-Roe SR53
Scottish Aviation Jetstream T Mk1
Scottish Aviation Pioneer CCI
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer CCII
SEPECAT Jaguar ACT Demonstrator
Short Brothers Belfast
Short Brothers SB5 WG768
Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV
Sopwith Pup
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter
Supermarine Spitfire I
Vickers Valiant B1
Vickers Varsity T Mk I
Westland Dragonfly HR3
Westland Wessex HC2
Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka


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