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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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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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.
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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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Oman occupied a strategically important place in Great Britain’s defence of its imperial trade routes during the Second World War.
While Italian aircraft bombed facilities in Aden from their bases in Ethiopia, Oman was left unscathed by the Second World War. Nevertheless, Oman’s strategic position meant it played a vital role in defending Great Britain’s trade routes by defending assets from attack in the Arabian Sea from potential attacks by German and Japanese submarines.
During the Second World War, Great Britain recognised the strategic importance of Oman’s geographical location by expanding facilities throughout the country. A new airfield was built on Masirah Island, which, from 1943 onwards, housed No. 33 Staging Post. In 1943, both Masirah and Ras Al-Hadd became Royal Air Force stations in their own right. Units of No. 2925 Squadron of the RAF Regiment guarded these bases while marine craft were based in Oman to perform air sea rescue duties.
Throughout the Second World War, the Royal Air Force provided anti-submarine coverage in the Sea of Oman and northern Arabian Sea. No. 244 Squadron, equipped with the Bristol Blenheim V, provided detachments until moving to RAF Masirah in 1944. At this time, No. 244 Squadron had re-equipped with the more capable Vickers Wellington XIII. Detachments of Consolidated Catalina flying boats from Nos. 209, 265 and 321 Squadron regularly operated from Umm Rasas.
During the Second World War, the Gulf Fighter Fund donated £50,000, which paid for 10 Spitfires for the Royal Air Force. This was similar to the Spitfire Funds established in Britain during 1940. The money came from Arab, British and other communities through the Political Resident in the region. Amongst the presentation machines were two named ‘Oman’ (W3628) and ‘Muscat’ (ML214).
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