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

New Lease of Life

Whilst submitting to severe restrictions on their own lives, members of the RAF and WAAF were also offered new, liberating, opportunities.

Training could open up a range of trades not available in civilian life and lifelong skills were acquired.

Positions including radar operators, aircraft engine mechanics or cryptography assistants, gave many women their first taste of independence. Men without a driving licence or experience of travel, for example, could be trained to captain flying boats with crews of ten to be sent overseas. Overseas service broadened the geographical horizons of airmen and airwomen, whilst the camaraderie of service life was something to treasure.