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Summer of Spitfire 2019

1 July - 1 September 2019

Summer of Spitfire

Come and take part in a range of exciting Spitfire related activities this summer. 

Spitfire Virtual Reality ExperienceVirtual Reality Zone

Date: open daily
Time: 10.00am -5.00pm
Price: £5.00 per person

New for Summer of Spitfire is the Virtual Reality Zone, which features the Spitfire VR Experience which gives visitors the thrill of flying in a Spitfire! This brand-new experience puts you in the cockpit and 10,000 feet in the air. Once you’re wearing the VR goggles you can enjoy a fully interactive panoramic view of a real Spitfire flight.   The experience is recommended for those 13 years and older.  For more information head to rafmuseum.org/whatson

Spitfire PR. XIXSpitfire Photo Reconnaissance PR. XIX PM651

Date: 1 July – 1 September 
Time: 10.00am -5.00pm
Price: Free of charge

Following its appearance at the Cosford Air Show the PR. XIX Spitfire will be displayed alongside the world’s oldest Spitfire, a Mk 1 in the Museum’s War in the Air hangar. The two aircraft side by side will illustrate the diverse roles in which the Spitfire served, ranging from a fighter interceptor to high altitude photographic reconnaissance.   The much more modern PR. XIX has a number of stark differences to the Mk 1 on display at the Museum, fitted with the Griffon engine as opposed to the Merlin engine used in earlier models and was notably faster than its predecessor. The PR. XIX had extra fuel tanks in place of the machine guns, a retractable tail wheel making its profile more streamlined, and a pressurised cabin critical for the high-altitude reconnaissance flights.


Spitfire Mk 1Behind the barriers for the world's oldest Spitfire Mk 1

Dates: 30 July, 6 August, 13 August, 20 August, 27 August 
Time: 10.30am–2.30pm
Price: Free of charge

Join us every Tuesday where we will be offering families an insight into life as a Spitfire pilot by offering a chance to get a closer look inside the cockpit. Climb the steps and see inside the world’s oldest Spitfire. As well as getting up close to the aircraft, families can try on clothing and uniform from the era – perfect for an unusual family photo, so don’t forget to bring your camera! 

Handling CollectionSpitfire Selfie Station

Date:
Wednesday 31 July, 1 Wednesday 4 and Wednesday 28 August and Thursday 8 August and Thursday 22 August 
Time: 10.30am-3.00pm 
Price: Free of charge

Grab a giant Spitfire Selfie prop and pose in front of the world’s oldest Spitfire – what will you choose; giant flying googles, a pilots hat or a novelty moustache?  Don’t forget to bring your camera!   

The Spitfire Selfie Station will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 31 July – 22 August and is FREE of charge, places do not need to be booked in advance.  Charges apply for the personalised merchandise.

Wartime StorytellingSpitfire Story Telling

Date: Thursday 1 August, Wednesday 7 August, Thursday 15 August, Wednesday 21 August and Thursday 29 August
Timings: 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Price: Free of charge

Detail: Come and find out more about the most iconic aircraft built with three different story telling sessions per day.  

11.30am: The Aircraft:  An introduction to the Spitfire; find out about who designed the aircraft, why it has become so iconic, learn more about its weapons and more…

12.30pm: It’s most famous hour: With the destiny of Britain hanging in the balance in August 1940 the RAF had to defend the skies to help prevent an invasion of the green and pleasant land! Join us as we tell the story of the Battle of Britain and how the Spitfire was involved along with some of the other aircraft on display in the Museum.

2.30pm: Get dressed for battle! Over the lifetime of the Spitfire pilots looked very different, find out what they wore and why as we go from the 1930s to the 1950s. Dressing up opportunities galore!

Talks are free of charge and will take place next to the Spitfire in our War in the Air Hangar.

Vulcan at Large Model Air ShowLarge Model Air Show 

Date: 6-7 July 
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Price: Adult £8.00 advance, £10.00 on the day, children under 16 free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Scale models of iconic aircraft will take to the skies including a fleet of model Spitfires. Plus, there is family entertainment, pilots zone, vehicles display and refreshments on sale.
Find out more

Cosford Food FestivalCosford Food Festival

Date: Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 July 2019
Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Price: Adults £6.00, Children (5-15) £2.00, Family (2 adults/up to 4 children) £14.00
Fine food and flying machines at our popular Food Festival with over 100 exhibitors to tempt your taste buds! There will also be cooking demos, music, kids corner and new Gin Flight masterclass.
Find out more

Vintage and Handmade FestivalVintage and Handmade Festival 

Date: 17-18 August 
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Price: Adults £5.00, Children (5-15) £2.00, Family (2 adults/up to 4 children) £14.00
Over 50 local creators showcasing their handmade and handcrafted products and carefully selected vintage wares. Plus, live music, mini makers craft tent, vintage fairground and much more!
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Spitfire 10KSpitfire 10K (SOLD OUT)

Date: 1 September 
Time: 10.00am
Cost: 10K Standard entry £22.50 (15+ years)

The Spitfire 10K will give 1,500 participants the unique opportunity to race across the airfield at RAF Cosford.  Taking-off from the Museum’s Hangar 1, runners will begin the race with a loop of the Museum site before heading onto the airfield at RAF Cosford.  Participants will run alongside the wartime hangars, the air traffic control tower and of course, the race wouldn’t be complete without a sprint down the runway!  The scenic route around the military airfield will take runners past several historic landmarks along the way and then it’s back onto the Museum site to cross the finish line.  Upon completion, runners will be rewarded with a highly sought-after bespoke 2019 Spitfire 10K medal, a perfect and well-earned memento of their day.    

Spitfire Family RunSpitfire Family Run

Date: 
1 September 
Time: 
9.15am 
Cost: 
£5.00 (suitable for all ages) 

The Spitfire Family Run is suitable for families with younger children.  This gentle run will follow a shorter 1km race route around the Museum grounds and past iconic aircraft.  Each registered runner will receive a special medal upon completion. The race is suitable for all ages, but children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult. 

RAF Museum Spitfire Swift ScarfSummer of Spitfire Shop

Date: 1 July – 1 September 
Timings: 10.00am - 5.00pm

The Museum shop located in the Visitor Centre will be transformed into a pop-up Summer of Spitfire shop, displaying a fantastic range of Spitfire merchandise. 

The Spitfire range includes clothing, jewellery, models, prints, toys, books and homeware to name but a few, plus a NEW Swift collection, an exclusive range designed for the RAF Museum inspired by the Swift featured on the tail fin of the world’s oldest Spitfire.




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