Plan your visit, see when the RAF Museum Cosford is open. Contact us on 01902 376 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Enjoy lunch in Refuel with views overlooking the airfield. The Cold War Cafe 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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The possibility of flight has always fascinated mankind.
On 13 December 1903 at Kittyhawk in North Carolina, USA, the Wright Brothers achieved the first manned heavier-than-air powered flight.
Over the next decade flying caught the imagination of many. To pilot an aeroplane was both a new and an exciting experience. Pioneer aviators experimented with flight. Through trial and error they took to the skies in aeroplanes they had often built themselves.
As flying became more popular these self-taught pilots instructed others to fly and soon civilian flying schools became established. From 1910 airfields in the United Kingdom such as Brooklands, Larkhill, Eastchurch and Hendon became centres of tuition where pupils paid to learn to fly.
By this time the Royal Navy and the British Army had already begun to investigate the possibilities of aviation. In April 1912, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) with its Military and Naval Wing was formed. In May the Central Flying School (CFS) was also set up at Upavon. Personnel who were qualified pilots could attend courses. They were taught advanced flying skills and a ground instruction syllabus focused on aerial warfare. In July 1914, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was created and the Admiralty became responsible for training naval aviators separately at its site at Eastchurch.
In just a few years, flying developed from a popular past-time to a means for waging war. With the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 the use of an aircraft as a weapon quickly became a reality.
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