Explore the fascinating story of the RAF and of the thousands
of ordinary servicemen and women who have served in it and whose
invaluable contribution has shaped the world that we live in
The RAF Museum Cosford is home to over 75 historic aircraft
including the world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the
mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Visitors will discover a
world class collection of aircraft and artefacts displayed
inside three wartime hangars and within the award winning
National Cold War Exhibition.
Begin your journey in the Test Flight hangar, here you will find
a collection of prototype aircraft, many were produced in
secrecy, often utilising components borrowed from other types.
Highlights include the Bristol 188, built mainly of stainless
steel and designed to investigate the effects of heat on
aircraft structures at very high speeds.
Three iconic First World War aircraft greet you on arrival in
the War in the Air hangar. This hangar includes British, German
and Japanese aircraft, highlights include the Boulton Paul
Defiant Mk1 night fighter built locally in Wolverhampton and the
Junkers Ju88R-1, the most versatile German combat aircraft of
the Second World War.
The National Cold War Exhibition truly has the ‘wow’ factor with
its eye-catching architecture and design. Visitors will discover
Cold War stories in immersive Hotspots; explore exciting
displays of aircraft, iconic cars, models, tanks and even
life-sized Russian dolls. Aircraft not to be missed include all
three British V Bombers, Vulcan, Victor and Valiant and the
English Electric Lightning suspended vertically!
Let your imagination take flight on board the Museum’s 4D
Experience which combines cutting-edge 3D computer animation
with the added fourth dimension of special environmental
effects. Or why not try the Spitfire 360° virtual reality
experience which puts you 10,000 feet in the air in one of the
most iconic cockpits in history.
After wandering in the hangars, visitors can relax and enjoy a
coffee in the licensed restaurant which has a great selection of
hot and cold food available with views overlooking the airfield.