Plan your visit, see when the RAF Museum Cosford is open. Contact us on 01902 376 200 or email@example.com
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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.
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Plan a day, see the opening hours & closure dates for RAF Museum London. Contact us on 020 8205 2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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.
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Find out how to become a member and support the RAF Museum.
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.
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.
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Joining the Royal Air Force was against American law. Anyone who did so risked punishment and lost their citizenship, although a blanket pardon was passed by Congress in 1944.
One way to circumvent American law was to join the Air Transport Auxiliary, a civilian organisation established in December 1939. Their task was to ferry aircraft between factories, depots and RAF stations, freeing up RAF pilots for front-line service. Many members of the ATA were personnel who were unable to fly with the RAF due to age, sex, nationality or health.
From August 1940 the ATA began to advertise for American pilots. Between then and the end of 1941, some 200 American men volunteered, despite the abundance of well-paid flying jobs available in the United States. Many of these did not stay long, though. The entry requirements and training standards for the ATA were very strict, something which would cause problems when a contingent of American women arrived in 1942, and many of the pilots proved to be more enthusiastic than experienced.
In December, 1941, America entered the war, and the number of American men joining the ATA slowed to a trickle. Many who were already in the ATA left to return home and join their own fighting forces. Others remained though, and around 20 were still members when the war ended in May, 1945. This number included Captain Ed Heering, who rose to command No.10 Ferry Pool at Lossiemouth.
The Americans formed by far the largest foreign contingent in the ATA, an organisation which contained around 30 different nationalities. Twenty-five American men would be killed in accidents while serving with the ATA.
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