Plan your visit, 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 Refuel 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
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Discover our brand new green space in which to picnic and relax
Explore our brand new outdoor playground
We now have six charging points for electric vehicles
When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit Claude's between Hangars 2 and 6? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
Step back into time and onto Lancaster Bomber 'G for George' to witness this iconic campaign
Sit in our Mk16 Spitfire and receive a tour of its cockpit or try out our new virtual reality experience and pilot your own Spitfire. Charges apply.
Specially created for visitors 3 - 8 by our Access and Learning Team
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There are lots of ways you can support us.
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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.
A little information about what you can expect from us and what we ask of our volunteers.
Find out about our recruitment process, what you gain and who our volunteering is for (everyone!)
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.
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King George V established an early Interest In aviation in the years
immediately before the First World War, and The Prince of Wales (Edward
VIII) made his first flight in 1916.
In 1919 the King learned of an earlier flight by the Prince with Major
William Barker VC in Italy during 1918. Barker had flown the aircraft
with one arm in a sling! When the King heard of this he immediately prohibited
his son from flying. Prince Albert (George VI) transferred to the RAF
in 1919 and immediately began flying lessons.
The Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) resumed his flying in the 1920s and
took delivery of Gipsy Moth G-AALG In 1929.
In 1936 The King's Flight was established at Royal Air Force Hendon, a few hundred metres from this Museum. During the Second World War The Flight was disbanded.
However, King George VI and members of the Royal Family continued to
fly in RAF VIP aircraft throughout the war and in 1946 The King's Flight
Although helicopters were attached to The King's Flight from as early
as 1947, it was not until 1953 that Prince Philip made the first royal
flight in a helicopter. Six years later Whirlwinds joined The Queen's
Flight. These in turn were replaced by Wessex in 1969.
During the 1990s radical changes were made in royal flying arrangements.
On 1 April 1995 The Queen's Flight was absorbed into No.32 (The Royal)
Squadron at Royal Air Force Northolt. In 1998 the unit gave up the task
of providing helicopters for the Royal Family when the Wessex were retired.
The Royal Household awarded a ten year contract to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
and Hanson Helicopters to provide the Queen with an S-76 and crew.
No.32 (The Royal) Squadron retained two BAe 146 aircraft for fixed wing
Photographs of 'Kings, Queens & Flying Machines'
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