Plan your day, 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
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.
Two of our Trustees set out on an epic walk-a-thon in aid of the RAF Museum Centenary Programme.
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,
Flying Officer F.G. Kelsey DFC served in Bomber Command with 625 Squadron during the Second World War. His pilot training took place in South Africa and he kept a diary during this time. The following extracts provide an insight into his experiences upon arriving in South Africa in March 1942 and finishing with his graduation as a pilot.
Tuesday March 24th 1942
The camp houses all u/t [under training] pilots, both South Africans and us RAF. We have South African instructors and all get along very well together. The part of the camp we are in is known as ITW and is the equivalent of our receiving wing.
Monday March 30th 1942
This morning after parade we were told to collect our kit because we were moving over to ATW. Upon arriving we are divided into 2 flights (alphabetically)
Wednesday May 6th 1942
All "sweating" on our exam results. This afternoon we have been told who failed in "Procedure" and I was not among them
Saturday May 23rd
..arrive at Potchefstroom...this is an EFTS and we are told we shall probably start our flying training on Tuesday
Tuesday May 26th
Breakfast at 6am at the hangars at 6:30am. We collect chutes and sign the Authorisation book. I see that I am flying first, wheel out the plane we are to use...We go up and contrary to my thoughts I am not afraid but thoroughly enjoy it. I'm given the controls to fly straight and level, climbing, gliding..Altogether I fly 2 periods of 35mins..
Saturday May 30th 1942
No flying today. A few lectures, an inspection and we go to Potchefstroom. Lunch and then flicks and back to camp
Tuesday June 2nd 1942
Some excitement today, the instructor explained to me the method of recovering from a spin so we went up to 3000ft...
Wednesday July 29th 1942
Had my final assessment in flying by the CFI [Chief Flying Instructor] this morning...
Friday September 4th 1942
I am, tomorrow going to Waterkloof..for my SFTS as a potential bomber pilot
Monday September 7th 1942
Had my first flip in a Hart, 650hp. Its heavy but I think I shall be able to manage it
Wednesday November 18th 1942
My passenger test today. I did pretty fair..I have had a pretty tough time whilst being here. Althogether I have had 13 different instructors in 10 weeks.
Sunday January 3rd 1943.
So far I am pretty well certain that I have passed all the tests that I have taken. There is a real purge on at the moment in the "washing out" line. No one feels safe. We have now only 32 of the original 50 who came here left.
The diary ends with Fg Off Kelsey describing the Wings Parade when he qualified as a pilot
Friday February 19th 1943 (The Great Day)
Up at 6:30. Breakfast, wash and shave then dress in our best Blues. On parade at 8am...at 8:50 we commence the march. On to the parade ground, the band playing, guests seated in wicker chairs each side of the Saluting base. We march past the Base then around and halt facing the base. Stand at ease until the inspecting officer arrives when we give a general salute. He then inspects us when we again march past the base. We, the course passing out, then march off the ground and discard our webbing, bayonet and rifle. Forming up again we march back on the parade ground halting between the guard of honour and the base, facing the base. The names of the Cadets are then called out individually they march forward and are presented with their wings. The first six are in order of merit after which it is in alphabetical order. The wings are presented by Major Gen Pool ...he murmers to each cadet pins on the wings and wishes him luck. After the last man has received his wings, Maj Gen Pool gave a short speech at the end of which we pilots march past, salute him, march past the guard of honour and salute them and off the parade ground. Whilst this is going on 3 aircraft are flying in formation and they salute by diving. I am no longer a pupil pilot but a pilot. Tomorrow I shall be a Sergeant Pilot so this ends the diary of a under training pilot, 19 months from entering the service.
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...