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New Aircraft for RAF Cosford this Christmas!

Added: 9 November 2016

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The Royal Airforce Museum is conveniently situated a short distance from junction 3 on the M54. There are up to 70 aircraft on display which include war planes as well as missiles, transport and research collections. The museum is excited to announce that they will be welcoming a collection of new aircraft to the site later this year as it prepares to celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018.

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There are a number of aircraft moves due to take place at both the museum’s London and Cosford sites. The planned moves will see the largest single influx of new aircraft at Cosford since the National Cold War Exhibition building was opened in 2007.

The six new arrivals being relocated from the London site are scheduled to arrive before Christmas and include a Wolverhampton built Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1 (the last surviving example of its kind), a rare Messerschmitt BF109G-2, the Junkers Ju 88R-1 (a sub-type of the most versatile German combat aircraft of the Second World War) and the Gloster Gladiator 1 (the first enclosed cockpit and last biplane fighter introduced into RAF service). Following re-assembly the four aircraft will go on public display in the museums ‘War in the Air’ hangar.

Also included in the new line-up is the de Havilland Tiger Moth II (one of the world's most famous training aircraft which provided the majority of RAF pilots with their elementary flying training during the Second World War) and finally, the Westland Lysander III (the only surviving Special Duties variant of this aircraft, which were used to ferry allied agents in and out of enemy occupied Europe). The Westland Lysander will head to the museum's Conservation Centre where work will be carried out over the next few years to replace its fragile linen outer skin.

Work is already underway at the museum's London site to disassemble the aircraft and prepare them for their journey by road to Cosford. Aviation fans can keep up to date with the centenary aircraft moves and on-going developments by signing up to the museums free e-Newsletter.

Visitors will be able to see five of the new arrivals fully reassembled and in their new display positions by early 2017.

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