London opens at 9.30am daily for Half Term, 23 - 31 October

Sit in London's Cold War Phantom Jet on 29 and 30 October

Take-off to Cosford's Night Shoot on 26 and 27 November

Cosford to hold Service of Remembrance, 14 Nov

The Transatlantic traveller

Twinkle Toes the CatOn 14th June 1919 my fellow black cat “Lucky Jim” and I were the only passengers on the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. My owner Arthur Whitten Brown and his pilot John Alcock flew from Newfoundland to Ireland in a Vickers Vimy biplane.

The journey took 17 hours and the weather was very bad. Arthur had to climb onto the Vimy’s wings in-flight to scrape off ice. We were glad to reach Ireland but landed in a bog and nearly crashed. We were lucky to finish the journey in one piece!

60 years later, I flew across the Atlantic again, this time with the Royal Air Force in a Phantom jet. The journey only lasted 6 hours and we landed without mishap!

Accession Number: 1990/0732/C