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
See what events are scheduled at Cosford
Find out the latest news and updates for our Cosford site
Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency
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.
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
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone one from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
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.
See what events are planned at our London site
Read the latest news from our London Museum
Find out how to become a member and support the RAF Museum.
There are lots of ways you can support us.
Get more from the Museum and be part of the RAF Story
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.
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.
air transport auxiliary,women,ATA,
Glenn Curtiss flies the first proper flying-boat, a converted Curtiss A2.
Jules Vedrine makes the first 100mph flight in his Monocoque Deperdussin.
Frank Coffyn films New York from the air using a cinema camera while controlling his aircraft with his feet and knees.
French military aircraft make their first flights in Algeria.
The German Aviation Experimental Establishment (DVL) is established at Berlin-Adlershof.
The first seaplane competition is held at Monaco.
Structural failures lead the French government to ground Blériot monoplanes. Louis Blériot investigates and the ban is lifted after two weeks.
The Liore & Olivier aircraft company is founded by French engineers Fernand Liore and Henri Olivier.
The first parachute jump from an aeroplane, a Benoist biplane, is made over Jefferson Barracks in St Louis, USA, by Captain Albert Berry.
Bob Fowler completes a west to east coast-to-coast crossing of the USA, from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, after 4 months.
The French Service de l'Aéronautique de la Marine is formed.
The newly established Turkish Army Aviation Section receives its first two French-built aircraft.
The French Aéronautique Militaire is reorganised into three Groupes, based in Lyon, Reims and Versailles.
American Calbriath P. Rodgers dies when he crashes into the Pacific during a Long Beach air show.
Belgian M.V. de Jonckheere demonstrates that aeroplanes can follow ships at night as he flies his monoplane in experiments at League Island in California.
American Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to gain a pilot's certificate, becomes the first woman to cross the English Channel in an aeroplane. She flies from Deal in England to Cap Gris-Nez in France in a Blériot monoplane.
An American Wright biplane, flown by Lieutenant Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park in Maryland, becomes the first aeroplane to be armed with a machine gun.
In Sydney, William Hart is fined £20 for causing a herd of cattle to stampede by flying over them.
A United States Marine Corps (USMC) officer is ordered to commence flying training.
Anthony Fokker crashes his Goedecker-built B1912 monoplane at Berlin, just 10 days after demonstrating it to the German Army.
Pioneer aviator Wilbur Wright dies from typhoid fever.
Lieutenant Hans E. Dons makes the first flight by an aeroplane in Norway, flying a German Start across Oslo Fjord.
A machine-gun is fired from an aeroplane for the first time. Captain Charles de Forest Chandler of the United States Signal Corps fires a Lewis gun from a Wright Model B biplane piloted by Lieutenant Thomas de Witt Milling at Maryland, USA.
Pioneer Anglo-French aviator, Hubert Latham, is killed by a buffalo while on safari in Central Africa.
The first German airmail is flown by airships 'Schwaben' and 'Gelber Hund' from Darmstadt to Frankfurt/Main.
Julie Clark becomes the first American woman to be killed flying when she hits a tree at Springfield in Illinois.
The Japanese government forms a Kaigun Kokujutsu Kenkyu Kai (Naval Committee for Aeronautical Research).
The Italian Aviation Service is formed from the Battaglione Aviatori (Aviation Battalion).
Delag passenger-carrying airship Zeppelin LZ10 'Schwaben' is destroyed by fire while in its shed.
The Danish Army Flying School is established.
Americans Captain Charles Chandler and Lieutenants Thomas Milling and Henry Arnold are presented with certificates qualifying them as the first United States 'Military Aviators'.
The first wireless message is transmitted from an airship to a ship, the torpedo boat USS Stringham. Lieutenant John Rodgers and Ensign Charles Maddox send it from a Wright B1 Flyer.
Lieutenant T.G. Ellyson pilots the first aeroplane to be catapult-launched from a wall platform at Annapolis, USA.
United States Army officers gain double pay for volunteering for flying training, after the Hardwick Bill is passed in Washington, USA.
During United States Army manoeuvres, the Signal Corps fly aeroplanes for the first time.
The Argentinean Servico Aeronautico del Ejercito (Military Aviation Service) is formed.
In an effort to encourage the development of fighter aircraft, the Michelin brothers give a prize of 50,000 francs to Frenchmen Gaubet and Scott for dropping bombs on a target.
The Australian Army Aviation Corps is formed.
The Royal Hellenic Army establishes an Air Squadron.
Jules Vedrines wins the Gordon Bennett cup by flying a world record speed of 173kph (108mph) in his Monocoque Deperdussin monoplane at Chicago.
Lieutenant Moizo, an Italian, is the first pilot to be captured in warfare when his Nieuport makes a forced landing at Azizia during the Libyan campaign. Moizo, at the time of his capture, was the longest serving pilot in the theatre with 11 months and 82 sorties to his name.
The first French naval aeroplane, a Maurice Farman fitted with pontoons, is purchased.
Delag's Zeppelin LZ13 'Hansa' commences the world's first international commercial passenger service, flying from Hamburg to Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmo in Sweden.
The German Military Aviation Service is formed.
The first use of an aircraft in war. Captain Carlo Piazza of the Italian Army, flying a Blériot XI, flew from Tripoli to observe Turkish positions near Azizia.
Teniente de Navio Melchor Z. Escola, Argentina's first naval aviator, is awarded a pilot's certificate by the Argentine Aero Club.
American Lieutenant John H. Towers conducts trials into the use of aeroplanes for anti-submarine duties.
A Curtiss A-1 Triad hydroplane, piloted by Lieutenant T. Gordon Ellyson, is the first aeroplane to be catapult-launched from an anchored ship. The aircraft takes-off using a compressed air catapult on a barge anchored in the Anacostia river, USA.
The United States Army Signal Corps receives it's first flying boat, a Curtiss F two-seat biplane.
The Italian Flotta Aerea d'Italia (Air Fleet of Italy) is formed as an autonomous aviation service.
In an effort to encourage the development of seaplanes, Frenchman Jacques Schneider announces that he will sponsor an international competition.
The first ejector seat, developed by Baron d'Odkolek, is tested at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France, when a dummy wearing the parachute is ejected by a small cannon from a flying aeroplane.
Also this year...
The following air services are established:
Edmond Audemars of Switzerland makes the first flight from Paris to Berlin, in a Blériot monoplane.
The world's first all-metal aeroplane, the Tubavion monoplane, is flown by Frenchmen Ponche and Primard.
The United States Army purchases six Burgess Model H biplane trainers, the first aeroplanes with tractor-mounted engines.
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
Collecting stories throughout the world
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
Bringing the amazing stories of the RAF Museum's historic...
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...