The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford

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Key Facts

Location:
Cosford, Shropshire
SatNav: Region:
TF11 8UP West Midlands
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
Category: Only Aviation:
Specific Operator Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 92 Open

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What’s Here

Formerly known as ‘The Aerospace Museum, Cosford’ but now re-titled to emphasise it’s RAF heritage. With over 80 aircraft exhibits, the museum is home to four major collections – British research and development aircraft, transport aircraft, warplanes and missiles. There is also a large collection of aero-engines and other aviation-related displays. The museum’s Art and Picture Galleries regularly stage exhibitions of aviation-related art. The restoration centre houses exhibits from the reserve collection formerly at RAF Wyton. The new ‘National Cold War Exhibition’ hall was opened on 8 February 2007.

Directions

At RAF Cosford airfield on the A41, 1 mile south of Junction 3 on the M54. Follow the brown/white “Aerospace Museum” signs.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm except December 24-26,31 and January 1. Last entry 4.00 pm.

Admission:

All admission is now free.

Amenities:

Heated Exhibition Hangars, Souvenir shop, Restaurant, Picnic Area, Toilets, Free Car Parking, Facilities for Disabled Visitors.

Britannia 312 G-AOVF Belfast C.1 XR371

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XP411 AW Argosy C.1 XP411 Complete Displayed
WE600 Auster C.4 ‘Antarctic’ WE600 Complete Displayed
WZ744 Avro 707C WZ744 Complete Displayed
TX214 Avro Anson C.19 TX214 Complete Displayed
RF398 Avro Lincoln B.2 RF398 Complete Displayed
XA893 Avro Vulcan B.1 XA893 Cockpit Displayed
WD931 BAC Canberra B.2 WD931 Cockpit Being Restored
XD674 BAC Jet Provost T.1 XD674 Complete Displayed
XM351 BAC Jet Provost T.3 XM351 Complete Displayed
XR220 BAC TSR-2 XR220 Complete Displayed
WL732 Boulton Paul Sea Balliol T.21 WL732 Complete Displayed
XF926 Bristol 188 XF926 Complete Displayed
‘XM497’ Bristol Britannia 312F G-AOVF Complete Displayed
XJ918 Bristol Sycamore HR.14 XJ918 Complete Displayed
‘G-AFAP’ CASA 352L T.2B-272 Complete Displayed
L-866 Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina L-866 Complete Displayed
G-APAS DH Comet 1XB G-APAS Complete Displayed
VP952 DH Devon C.2/2 VP952 Complete Displayed
TA639 DH Mosquito TT.35 TA639 Complete Displayed
WA346 DH Vampire FB.5 WA346 Complete Displayed
J-1704 DH Venom FB.4 J-1704 Complete Displayed
WP912 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WP912 Complete Displayed
WG760 English Electric P.1A WG760 Complete Displayed
G-AIZE Fairchild Argus II G-AIZE Complete Displayed
WG777 Fairey FD.2 WG777 Complete Displayed
HS503 Fairey Swordfish IV* BAPC.108 Complete Displayed
Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1) BAPC.94 Complete Displayed
VP746 Fieseler Fi 156C-7 Storch 475081 Complete Displayed
A-515 FMA IA.58A Pucara ZD485 Complete Displayed
8469M Focke-Achgelis Fa 330A-1 8469M Complete Displayed
XK724 Folland Gnat F.1 XK724 Complete Displayed
XR977 Folland Gnat T.1 XR977 Complete Displayed
ZJ493 GAF Jindivik 4A ZJ493 Complete Displayed
DG202/G Gloster Meteor (F.9/40) DG202 Complete Displayed
WA634 Gloster Meteor T.7/8 WA634 Complete Displayed
WK935 Gloster Meteor F.8 prone pilot WK935 Complete Displayed
Hawker P.1121 Fuselage Displayed
G-EBMB Hawker Cygnet G-EBMB Complete Displayed
‘K7271’ Hawker Fury II BAPC.148 Replica Displayed
Hawker Hind (Afghan) BAPC.82 Complete Displayed
XE670 Hawker Hunter F.4 XE670 Cockpit Displayed
XG225 Hawker Hunter F.6A XG225 Complete Displayed
LF738 Hawker Hurricane IIc LF738 Complete Displayed
XS639 HS Andover E.3A XS639 Complete Displayed
XN714 Hunting H.126 XN174 Complete Displayed
204 Lockheed SP-2H Neptune 204 Complete Displayed
6130 Lockheed Ventura II 6130 Complete Displayed
191614 Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet 191614 Complete Displayed
420430 Messerschmitt Me 410A-1/U2 420430 Complete Displayed
G-AEEH Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea G-AEEH Complete Displayed
5439 Mitsubishi Ki-46-III ‘Dinah’ 5439 Complete Displayed
‘413573’ North American P-51D Mustang N6526D Complete Displayed
XX946 Panavia Tornado P.02 XX946 Complete Displayed
WV746 Percival Pembroke C.1 WV746 Complete Displayed
WV562 Percival Provost T.1 WV562 Complete Displayed
‘6771’ Republic F-84F Thunderstreak FU-6 Complete Displayed
XD145 Saunder-Roe SR.53 XD145 Complete Displayed
XX654 Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 XX654 Complete Displayed
XL703 Scottish Aviation Pioneer CC.1 XL703 Complete Displayed
XX765 SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 ACT XX765 Complete Displayed
WG768 Short SB.5 WG768 Complete Displayed
68-8284 Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV 68-8284 Complete Displayed
WE982 Slingsby Prefect TX.1 WE982 Complete Displayed
‘D3419’ Sopwith Camel BAPC.59 Replica Displayed
K9942 Supermarine Spitfire I K9942 Complete Displayed
‘TB675’ Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe RW393 Complete Displayed
VX573 Vickers Valetta C.3 VX573 Complete Displayed
WL679 Vickers Varsity T.1 WL679 Complete Displayed
‘G-AJOV’ Westland Dragonfly HR.3 WP495 Complete Displayed
XR525 Westland Wessex HC.2 XR525 Complete Displayed
Yokosuka MYX-7 Ohka 11 BAPC.99 Complete Displayed

National Cold War Exhibition:

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XM598 Avro Vulcan B.2 XM598 Complete Displayed
TS798 Avro York C.1 TS798 Complete Displayed
XH171 BAC Canberra PR.9 XH171 Complete Displayed
‘XN972’ Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN962 Nose Displayed
XB812 Canadair Sabre F.4 XB812 Complete Displayed
KN645 Douglas Dakota IV KN645 Complete Displayed
XG337 English Electric Lightning F.1 XG337 Complete Displayed
74-0177 General Dynamics F-111F 74-0177 Complete Displayed
XA564 Gloster Javelin FAW.1 XA564 Complete Displayed
WS843 Gloster Meteor NF.14 WS843 Complete Displayed
XL568 Hawker Hunter T.7A XL568 Complete Displayed
TG511 Handley Page Hastings T.5 TG511 Complete Displayed
XH672 Handley Page Victor K.2 XH672 Complete Displayed
XV591 McDonnell-Douglas Phantom FG.1 XV591 Nose Displayed
01120 Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15bis (LiM-2) 01120 Complete Displayed
503 Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21PF G-BRAM Complete Displayed
XX496 Scottish Aviation Jetstream T.1 XX496 Complete Displayed
XL993 Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer CC.1 XL993 Complete Displayed
XR731 Short Belfast C.1 XR731 Complete Displayed
XD818 Vickers Valiant BK.1 XD818 Complete Displayed


* = in storage
Notes: Hart T.IIA K4972 has moved to Hendon. Buccaneer S.2B XW547 has moved to Hendon. Ki-100 16336 has gone to the Hendon ‘Milestones of Flight’ hall. P-47D ‘KL216’ has moved to Hendon, with Skeeter XM555 and Whirlwind XP299 following. DH.60GM Gipsy Moth G-AAMX and Me 262A Wk Nr 112372 have also moved to Hendon. Liberator VI KN751 has moved to Hendon. VC10 G-AVRM, Trident 1C G-ARPH and Boeing 707-436 G-APFJ have been scrapped, with the nose sections going to Brooklands and East Fortune. BAC 111 G-AVMO and Viscount G-AMOG have moved to East Fortune.

Michael Beetham Conservation Centre:

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
F-HMFI Farman F.40 6799 Complete Being Restored
P1344 Handley Page Hampden I P1344 Complete Being Restored
XS695 Hawker Siddeley Kestrel XS695 Complete Being Restored
7198/18 LVG C.VI G-AANJ Complete Being Restored
‘D5329’ Sopwith 5F1 Dolphin I ? Complete Being Restored
LA226 Supermarine Spitfire F.21 LA226 Complete Being Restored

Notes: Spitfire LF.XVI SL674 has moved to RAF Stafford for storage. Vampire F.3 VT812 has moved to Hendon.

More Information

The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP. Tel: 01902 376200 Fax: 01902 376211. RAF Museum, Cosford, Website. National Cold War Exhibition

Vulcan B.2 XM598 Comet IA G-APAS
Javelin FAW.1 XA564 Canberra PR.9 XH171
Argosy C.1 XP411 Victor K.2 XH672
Varsity T.1 WL679 Andover E.3A XS639

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