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Latest News: 6 April 2010

Aircraft Carrier to be ‘ Centaur ’ of Shropshire Model Show

Aircraft Carrier To Be ‘ Centaur ’ Of Shropshire Model Show

11th April 2010
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The popular Shropshire Model Show is returning to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Sunday 11th April 2010 and is open to the public from 10am – 4pm.

The event will bring together members of Shropshire Scale Modellers and its associated body, the Telford branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society, whose members provide many of the exhibits on display. More than 80 clubs will be exhibiting intricately detailed models including aircraft, cars, bikes, trucks, Dr Who figures and other science fiction related items.

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April's Navigator Highlights

April's Navigator Highlights

This month Navigator, the Museum's online collection, offers you two new highlights 'Air Diagrams' and 'Paintings'.

Air Diagrams:
Air diagrams are posters first produced during the First World War as pictorial training aids designed to impress a particular message on trainees, be they air or ground crews. They covered a variety of topics, including flight safety, parachute and ditching drills and survival tactics.

Shown here is a small selection of posters from the Museum's collection of over 10,000 air diagrams.

Paintings:
The RAF Museum's Fine Art collection includes over 2,000 paintings.

The collection includes works by Emile Verpilleux (1888-1964), Julius Stafford-Baker (1904-1988), Frank Wootton (1911-1988), Roland Pitchforth (1895-1982), Cuthbert Orde (1888-1968), Thomas Hennell (1903-1945) and Charles Cundall (1890-1971).

In this highlight we showcase some of their work.

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Bikers turn out to support the troops

Bikers Turn Out To Support The Troops

Thousands of bikers from across the United Kingdom joined together for a massive ‘Ride Out’ in support of the Armed Forces.

The ‘RAF Wings Appeal Easter Egg Run’ which took place on Sunday 28th March raised funds for the RAF Wings Appeal, providing help for past and present members of the RAF, including our troops currently serving in Afghanistan.

The bikers started their day from a huge variety of points across England and Wales, meeting up with thousands of others at the Meole Brace Park & Ride in Shropshire, before finally going on to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford as one huge group.

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Step Back in Time this Easter!

Step Back In Time This Easter!

6th-9th and 12th-16th April 2010

This Easter break, go back to school 1940’s style by visiting the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and taking part in the Museum’s ‘Step Back In Time’ workshops which will be running from 6th-9th and 12th-16th April at 11am and 3pm each day.

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be opening up its Wartime Classroom to the public providing families with the rare opportunity to “enjoy” a 1940’s class sitting at old wooden school desks whilst answering to a strict old fashioned teacher.

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Local Business makes donation to Cosford

Local Business Makes Donation To Cosford

Members of the team at the Budgens store in Cosford today visited the RAF Museum to present a donation, to the value of £500.

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Scout Raises Money For Museum

Scout Raises Money For Museum

Local Scout Sam Poultney has been busy raising money for the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford whilst working for his Scout's Air Activity Badge.

Sam who successfully earned his badge raised a total of £79.00 which he kindly donated to the Museum.

Sam raised the money through a number of activities including; feeding chickens, cleaning cars, bikes and chairs and even walking a dog.

Well done Sam, and thank you.
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Our Battle of Britain Podcast Series Continues

Our Battle Of Britain Podcast Series Continues

This month we have released as part of our Battle of Britain podcast series, two new podcasts: 'The RAF in 1939' and 'Robert Stanford Tuck - Battle of Britain Ace'

The RAF in 1939: As early as 1933 Winston Churchill had warned Parliament of the resurgent threat from Germany. This warning was initially dismissed only for fears about Britain's national security to resurface when, in direct convention of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany announced in 1934 the formation of the Luftwaffe, thus beginning an arms race between both nations for supremacy of the skies.

Robert Stanford Tuck was considered to be one of the luckiest pilots of his generation by his fellow airmen and cemented his reputation as a highly skilled fighter pilot and one of the best Hurricane Pilots in the country with the public thanks to his acts of bravery during the Battle of Britain. In this podcast we examine the man, his exploits and his post war friendship with Adolf Galland, his Luftwaffe opponent.

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Cosford Volunteers receive Outstanding Award

Cosford Volunteers Receive Outstanding Award

The Aerospace Museum Society were flying high over the weekend after winning the Best Friends/Supporters Group award. The accolade was received at the Renaissance West Midlands, Best of the West Awards, hosted last Friday at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

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“ Women of the Air Force” Temporary Exhibition

“ Women Of The Air Force” Temporary Exhibition

Temporary Exhibition
10th February – 27th June 2010

A new temporary exhibition: “Women of the Air Force” dedicated to Women’s service in the Royal Air Force will be unveiled at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Wednesday 10th February. The exhibition will be on display to the public in the Museum’s temporary exhibition gallery, Hangar 1 until Sunday 27th June.

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Branson Narrates Bader's Biography

Branson Narrates Bader's Biography

The Royal Air Force Museum is delighted to announce that as part of its monthly podcast series aviation entrepreneur and the founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson has generously given his time to narrate this month’s podcast “Bader: Fighter,Pilot”.

The podcast was specially commissioned to mark the centenary of Bader’s birth on 21st February 2010 and forms part of the Museum’s commemoration of the former Battle of Britain pilot. It examines the life of Douglas Bader from his near fatal air crash in 1931 - with the loss of both his legs at the knee - through his wartime service as one of the highest scoring aces in the Battle of Britain and his subsequent efforts to escape from German captivity after being shot down and captured in August 1941.

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Museum Launches Battle of Britain Podcast Series

Museum Launches Battle Of Britain Podcast Series

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. To commemorate this defining moment in the history of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Museum has, today, launched the first of twelve monthly podcasts which will explore throughout 2010 the history and mythology behind this legendary aerial conflict.

Deputy Director of the Museum, Air Vice-Marshal retired, Peter Dye states:

“The Battle of Britain is so engrained in our national memory that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between fact and mythology. It was the RAF’s Finest Hour, when its fighter pilots, The Few, were all that stood between this small island nation and subjugation. The image of white contrails against the fierce blue sky of the English summer has come to symbolise the Battle. Such is popular memory; yet the fighting actually took place across much of the country – and not always against a blue sky."

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Museum Launches Mobile Phone Website

Museum Launches Mobile Phone Website

The Royal Air Force Museum is proud to announce the launch, today, of its mobile phone website – www.rafmuseum.mobi

Aimed at the potential visitor who has to juggle family life with the various challenges of today’s frenetic lifestyle, this website tells them clearly and concisely the latest news and events taking place at the Museum’s London and Cosford sites; gives directions on how to reach either site via public or private transport and contains a direct dial option to either Museum’s switchboard in case they require further assistance.

Deputy Director of the Museum, Peter Dye, comments:

“ The launch of the Museum’s mobile phone website is in keeping with our policy of using technology to make our London and Cosford sites more accessible. With the increasing sophistication and reliability of mobile handsets we aim to enhance the experience of our many existing visitors and attract new users.

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Birthday Party Packages Now Available

Birthday Party Packages Now Available

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is now offering Birthday party packages.

Suitable for children age 5 and above this all inclusive package consists of invitations, entrance to the Museum, a Birthday Party Lunch, Goody Bags and Activity Trails for each guest, plus a special gift for the Birthday Boy or Girl, all for a very affordable £9.50 per child.

What more could any future pilot ask for than to have a birthday party at their favourite museum with their friends and closest family members?

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A Million Visitors For Award-winning Exhibition

A Million Visitors For Award-Winning Exhibition

Since Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal opened the National Cold War Exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in February 2007, one million visitors have passed through the Museum doors, ending a busy year on a high.

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Chief of Air Staff opens New Exhibition

Chief Of Air Staff Opens New Exhibition

The 12th November 2009 saw the launch of the Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low exhibition at the National Cold War Exhibition at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.

The combat Search & Rescue Helicopter is the first aircraft of its type to go on display in the UK and was kindly donated by the United States Air Force. The supporting exhibition which greatly enhances the display was made possible by sponsorship from Sikorsky.

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Museum's Newsletter Now Available to Download.

Museum's Newsletter Now Available To Download.

The last 12 months have flown by and looking back on them, it is truely amazing how much we have packed into the last year.

Our latest newsletter,which looks at some of the highlights of the past year, is now available to view in a downloadable pdf from the link below.

To access it, please click on the link below, "Download latest newsletter."

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Museum Launches Online Book of Remembrance

Museum Launches Online Book Of Remembrance

As part of its latest online exhibition, Lest We Forget, the Royal Air Force Museum has opened an electronic Book of Remembrance to commemorate the memory of those who have served in the Royal Air Force and its sister services, the Royal Flying Corps, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and the Women’s Royal Air Force.

Speaking about the online exhibition, Air Vice Marshal (retired) Peter Dye, the Head of the Museum’s Collections Division, stated:

“ Lest We Forget is a poignant and unflinching exhibition that highlights the sacrifices made by those that have served in the Royal Air Force since its formation more than 90 years ago. It invites us to reflect on the impact on families and loved ones; whilst exploring the invaluable work of the agencies and support networks that bring practical aid and comfort to those who have suffered bereavement."

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Percival Prentice Arrives At Cosford

Percival Prentice Arrives At Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford recently took delivery of an RAF Percival Prentice that was flown in to RAF Cosford by pilot Ben Cross from Coventry.

The aircraft was then towed up to the Museum’s Michael Beetham Conservation Centre (MBCC) where it will undergo a short period of conservation and preparation work before it goes on permanent display to the public.

This latest acquisition is one of 349 Prentice two-seat basic trainer aircraft built for RAF service in 1949 and is now one of only 17 Prentice survivors worldwide. Most pilots who trained during the 1948-1953 period did their basic flying instruction on this type of aircraft until it was replaced by the more powerful and effective Percival Provost in 1953.

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New Permanent Exhibition Honours Boy Entrants.

New Permanent Exhibition Honours Boy Entrants.

A newly refurbished and extended exhibition dedicated to the RAF Boy Entrant Scheme has been unveiled at the RAF Museum Cosford. Produced in collaboration with the Boy Entrants Association, the new display highlights the role played in the RAF by boys aged between 15 and 17 ½.

Beginning in 1934 with 150 boys the scheme ran until 1965, with a break from 1940-1947, during which time over 38,000 boys had been trained. Entrants underwent 18 months of trade training in a myriad of roles ranging from wireless operators and armourers to nursing attendants and stewards, as well as continuing their education and participating in unrivalled social and leisure time pursuits.

Many of these boys went on to adult careers in the RAF; a significant number were commissioned and earned promotion to senior rank and an equally significant number were regularly included in the annual New Year’s Honours List.

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New Appointments in Conservation Centre

New Appointments In Conservation Centre

The Michael Beetham Conservation Centre (MBCC) at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is delighted to announce the following appointments:

New Positions:
MBCC Deputy Manager - Mr Darren Priday
MBCC Training Manager - Mr Michael Shepherd

Darren Priday has been promoted from within the MBCC to fulfil this role in the face of increased efforts to address growing conservation tasks and the need for year-round engineering management cover. He commences his responsibilities on the 1st September.

Warrant Officer Michael Shepherd retired from the Royal Air Force to join the Museum on the 17th August to assist with the further development of the MBCC Apprentice Scheme. He will be tasked with heading up the mentoring programme targeted at young people and attracting aviation enthusiasts from across the globe to participate in planned MBCC Conservation Skills Workshops.

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Free Audio Tour Now Available

Free Audio Tour Now Available

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has recently relaunched its National Cold War Exhibition Website.

As part of this revamp and inorder to help you get the most out of your visit to us we have placed online a free audio tour that will guide you through our award-winning National Cold War Exhibition.

All that you need to do is to go to the website and download the tour to your Ipod or MP3 Player, and play it when visiting the Exhibition. It's as simple as that!

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