Plan your day, see when the RAF Museum Cosford is open. Contact us on 01902 376 200 or email@example.com
How to find us and travel to the RAF Museum Cosford by car, train, bus or bike.
Enjoy lunch in the Refuel Restaurant with views overlooking the airfield. The Citroen Van in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
A car parking charge Is payable
See what events are scheduled at Cosford
Find out the latest news and updates for our Cosford site
Plan a day, see the opening hours & closure dates for RAF Museum London. Contact us on 020 8205 2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find us and travel to the RAF Museum London by car, train, bus or bike.
When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit the Wessex Café in Historic Hangars? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone one from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
See what events are planned at our London site
Read the latest news from our London Museum
Lancaster Membership has been designed for people that wish to support the Museum from afar
Lightning Membership has been designed for people that wish to visit the Museum regularly
RADAR Magazine is a thrice yearly publication of the RAF Museum, bringing you access behind-the-scene
Two of our Trustees set out on an epic walk-a-thon in aid of the RAF Museum Centenary Programme.
Join the RAF Museum as a volunteer and create a unique experience for yourself and our visitors. Bring your enthusiasm, knowledge and skills or try something new.
Without you assistance we would not be able to care for our collections, read our varied audiences or share our objects with a world wide audience.
If you have any questions about supporting the RAF Museum, here you can find out how to contact our Fundraising Department.
The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation ensures that the shared aviation heritage of the USA and the UK is kept alive in the memories of our two great nations.
at Cosford by signing up to the free regular e-newsletter
Published on: 20 February 2012
The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is delighted to see the return of the Kawasaki Ki-100-1b World War Two aircraft. After almost eight years on display at the RAF Museum in London the Japanese fighter aircraft has now returned to Cosford and is on display to visitors. The aircraft is displayed alongside the Mitsubishi Dinah with the Museum’s collection of Second World War aircraft.
The Kawasaki Ki-100-1b aircraft was initially conceived as a stop gap design, but became one of the finest Japanese fighters of World War Two despite not being introduced until 1945. One consequence of the American ‘island hopping’ campaign across the Pacific was to expose Japan to air attack by long range bombers. In response, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force urgently sought fighters with improved high altitude performance.
The first prototype made its maiden flight on 1st February 1945. Following an accelerated and highly successful flight test programme, the new Army Type 5 fighter entered service shortly after. 390 examples were manufactured before the Japanese surrender.
Al McLean, RAF Museum Cosford Curator says:
“We are very pleased to see the unique Kawasaki Ki-100-1b back at Cosford again. This aircraft was fast, manoeuvrable, rugged and reliable. Allied pilots found the Ki-100 a formidable opponent and this is the only one to survive. It will take up position along side the Mitsubishi Dinah (which is also unique) in our Warplanes display.”
The Kawasaki Ki-100-1b was originally on display at Cosford, but was moved to the RAF Museum in London for display in the Milestones gallery. To accommodate the return of this aircraft the Gloster Meteor F9/40 has relocated and is now on display to visitors at the RAF Museum London.
Other aircraft due to arrive at the Museum later this year include British Aerospace Experimental Aircraft Programme - the EAP and the Dornier Do-17. The Panavia Tornado prototype P.02, previously on display in the War Planes hangar is now in the Museum’s Conservation Centre and will go on display in the Test Flight hangar shortly. The Museum is open daily from 10am and admission is free of charge. For more information on the Museum call 01902 376200.
« All News
Learn about aviation pioneers at our London site
The Royal Air Force Museum London offers a fun, enthralling...
For all the latest news and events
Bringing the amazing stories of the RAF Museum's historic...
A world class collection for our visitors to enjoy
Plan your next visit to Cosford
For group bookings (10 or more persons) or to book...
In addition to our world renowned collection of aircraft,...
We look forward to welcoming your group visit to Cosford.
Learn the story of Cold War personalities at Cosford
Great aviation gift ideas for all the family
Jam packed full of aviation gifts galore
Hold your next event at a unique venue!
And into the archives with our latest blog posts
Fascinating workshops to inspire the next generation
Discover the RAF’s unique story
Whether you are looking for a business meeting for...