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RAF Museum Cosford 2020 Events Diary

Monday, January 13th, 2020

RAF Museum Cosford conservation centre

Forthcoming events taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford during 2020:

RAF Museum events 2020

Visitors can expect to see all the big favourites making a return, including the Cosford Food Festival, Outdoor Cinema, Spitfire 10K and Large Model Air Show as well as new events including a VE Weekend Street Party taking place over the first May bank holiday weekend.

RAF Museum Cosford Public Events Executive, Nathan Davis said:
“2020 promises to be another big year for the RAF Museum Cosford with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain being a big theme running through this year’s events line-up. Not only will we commemorate this important milestone in Royal Air Force history with a brand new display arriving in the Spring, I’m excited to announce we will be holding a Proms in September with musical acts suitable for all the family, marking 80 years since the Battle of Britain.”
The busy schedule of events caters to the Museum’s wide and diverse audience and begins the year with a Photography Night Shoot where the British Aircraft Corporation TSR2 and British Aerospace Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP) will be wheeled out of the hangars. Displayed outside and lit with LED lighting, this evening event will give photographers and aviation enthusiasts alike the exclusive opportunity to capture images of the aircraft like never before (limited places remaining).

The summer months will see many of the biggest events in the Museum’s calendar take place. Held on the airfield in July will be the Large Model Air Show packed with flying displays and family entertainment, followed by the popular Cosford Food Festival which this year will feature 2019 Master Chef: The Professionals winner Stu Deeley from Birmingham. The Vintage and Handmade Festival will be back for a third year in August and September will see two more Outdoor Cinema screenings where hundreds of films fans can enjoy watching classic movies under the stars and surrounded by aircraft.

Nathan Davis continues:
“We look forward to welcoming back repeat visitors, along with those just discovering us for the first time. Tickets are already on sale for many of our events and they’re filling up fast. The first Pillows and Pilots Sleepover date is already fully booked and we have just half the places remaining for the second date in March. One of our most sought-after events is the Spitfire 10K and over half the 1,500 places available have already been snapped up by keen runner’s eager to get their hands on the bespoke medal and the chance to race across the airfield.”

Later in the year visitors can expect to see much more of the aircraft on display during the Open Cockpits Weekend in October and the annual Conservation Centre Open Week in November where aviation fans can go behind the scenes and speak with the team who carries out the work.

Organisers are confident the RAF Museum’s great offer, combined with an exciting events programme will make a visit to remember!

For further information on the events taking place throughout 2020, visit the Museum’s website Admission charges apply for some events and activities. Events may be subject to change and additional events may be added during the year. The Museum is open daily from 10am and entry is FREE of charge.

Keep a look out in 2020 for the RAF Museum’s Spitfire tour of the West Midlands, details coming soon…!

Competition Winner gets Airborne

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Lewis Wiffen - trial lesson with Phoenix aviation at Solent Airport

Last years calendar competition winner, Lewis Wiffen, took to the sky today in an Ikarus C42 microlight at the former home of HMS Daedalus, Solent Airport.

Lewis has had some flying lessons in other light aircraft before, but wasnt ready for how quickly the Ikarus leaves terra firma – from the initial roll you probably have enough fingers on one hand to count the seconds, even with a tail wind.

Lewis’ flight took him out across the Solent and over Osborne House on the Isle of Wight; it was a bit choppy on the way over but the ride smoothed out once they reached the broken cloud level.

Lewis Wiffen - taking off in the Ikarus C42

Phoenix Aviation have two Ikarus and five PA28 Piper Cherokee’s, and trial flights start from £90 for half an hour in the Icarus and £130 in the Piper. Trial flight bookings are currently on hold but well worth bookmarking or getting your name added to the mailing list if you are interested – the airfield sits immediately north of the Solent and flights over the Isle of Wight, the Needles, and other local landmark are unmatched locally.

Airscene is still seeking to add further prizes to the years prize board for this years competition, and entries can be submitted right up until 30th September. Do please read the fules before submitting your entries:

RAF Centenary Spitfire Challenge

Monday, April 16th, 2018

RAF100 Spitfire Challenge

Spitfire 100K Challenge
100K in 100 days
Date: Entries open until 1 April
Location: Anywhere you like!
Cost: £20 per person

Spitfire 10K and Family Run
Date: 2 September 2018
Time: Family Run 9.15am / Spitfire 10K 10am
Location: RAF Museum, London NW9
Cost: Standard entry £22.50 per person (15+ years); £5 each for fun run

2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force and as part of the celebrations and commemorations, the award-winning RAF Museum is inviting runners to take part in some exciting events to mark the once in a lifetime occasion and help raise funds for the RAF 100 Appeal.

SPITFIRE 100k Challenge:
To celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, the RAF Museum has set a new centenary year challenge to run 100K in 100 days. The Spitfire 100K Challenge is a virtual race which launches on 1 April 2018 and runners have exactly 100 days to walk, jog or run 100K in a location of their choice. Runners will be given a log sheet to record their 100K before being rewarded with a spinning propeller Spitfire 100K Challenge medal.

Entry costs £20 per person and all proceeds from the Spitfire 100K Challenge will go towards the RAF100 Appeal, a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and four major RAF charities – Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Royal Air Forces Association, Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum.

As a virtual race, the 100K challenge can be completed anywhere in the world and runners from as far as America, Germany and Denmark have already signed up. Online registration is now open and closes on 1 April when the challenge begins. Limited edition Spitfire 100K Challenge t-shirts are also available to purchase when registering online.

SPITFIRE 10k and Family Fun Run:
This year we are offering 800 runners the opportunity to run a 10K on our historic airfield site in North West London. 2018 is a big year for the Royal Air Force and for the Museum. We have three new exhibitions and a beautiful landscaped site, evoking the London Aerodrome from 100 year ago. You will start under the Sunderland and run through the site and then continue around the streets of Colindale, before coming back on site to finish on our ‘taxiway’.

At the end of the race you will be awarded with an exclusive Spitfire 10K medal, which will be extra special for 2018 as this year will be the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

T-shirts can be ordered when you purchase your Spitfire 10K entry and will be available for collection on the day. The deadline to pre-order your t-shirt is Sunday 12 August 2018.

Entry to the Museum is free of charge and runners, spectators and supporters are encouraged to explore the site on race day.

Spitfire Family Run:
For 2018 we will also be holding a NEW Spitfire Family Run. This gentle run will take place around our transformed site. Each registered runner will receive a special medal upon completion. The race is suitable for all ages, but children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Standard entry (all ages): £5 (this includes a medal). Please note that only paying participants will be awarded a medal.

The Spitfire 10K is a UK Athletics licenced race over an accurately measured course and is suitable for keen runners and novices alike, so if you’re aged 15 and over why not give it a go? Whether you’ve been entering races for years, or you’re just getting into running, the Spitfire 10K is guaranteed to be fun and memorable.

Organisers are also encouraging participants to get into the spirit of the Spitfire 10K by dressing in wartime attire – don your victory curls or flying jacket and run this event in style! Or, why not sport a bespoke 2018 Spitfire 10K t-shirt, available to purchase when you register online. The Spitfire 10K will be a fun family day out and spectators are invited to cheer on their loved ones and show their support on the day at the start and finish line. Plus, following the race, visitors have the added bonus of being able to enjoy time wondering round the free Museum, where they will find over 75 historical aircraft on display.

To register for the event visit the Museum’s website Entry to the Spitfire 100K Challenge is £20 per person, the Spitfire 10K costs £22.50 per person (Armed Forces Personnel and members of UK Athletics affiliated clubs are eligible for the discounted entry fee of £20.50 per person), and participation in the Spitfire Family Run is £5 per person. All proceeds will go towards the RAF100 Appeal (registered charity number 1167398). For further details about the event can be found online.

Royal Air Force Bircham Newton Veterans’ Day 2018

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

RAF Bircham Newton

We would like to draw your attention to a special event to be held at Bircham Newton in May 2018. In addition to being the centenary of the birth of the Royal Air Force, 2018 will also be the 100th anniversary of the birth of the former RAF station at Bircham Newton. The first unit to fly from its airfield, No. 3 Fighting School, arrived in May 1918, just one month after the birth of the Royal Air Force. The Fighting School was soon joined by a second unit flying giant Handley Page bombers, designed to bomb Germany from this Norfolk airfield. Flying continued beyond the Armistice and throughout the inter-war years, increasing dramatically during the second World War. The station was finally closed in the early 1960s, during the height of the Cold War, but flying briefly returned in the mid-1960s, when trials of the Kestrel jump jet were conducted on the airfield.

To mark the centenary of the birth of RAF Bircham Newton as a flying station, it is planned to hold a Veterans’ Day event at Bircham Newton on the afternoon of Saturday, 19th of May 2018. The event will be open to all former servicemen, who served or were trained at Bircham Newton, and their close families. The largest group of visitors is expected to be former RAF administrative apprentices, who trained at Bircham Newton in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but many other veterans are also expected to attend, such as former national servicemen, former members of the Women’s Royal Air Force and officers who were trained at the Officers’ Advanced Training School (OATS) or its successor the Junior Command and Staff School (JCSS).

There will be many attractions for the veterans and their families to enjoy: the RAF Heritage Centre will be open for guided tours; an illustrated talk will be given on the role of Bircham Newton during the Great War; local history groups and service associations have been invited along to exhibit their material; military vehicles and large-scale model aircraft should be on display; local ATC squadrons and the Royal British Legion have also been invited to participate in a brief end-of-day ceremony, when the RAF ensign will be lowered to the sound of the Last Post. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. It is also hoped to organise a short flypast, if possible.

Entrance will be free and free car parking will be provided. Disabled access and toilets will also be available, and help will be given to those with mobility problems. Further details regarding location etc can be found on our website:- Our postcode is PE31 6RB.

Airscene seeks VIP

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow

Venue: Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow

Date: Saturday 16th August

Airscene is giving one lucky person the chance to attend Eastbourne Airshow as a VIP with reviewer Dave Briers.

As a VIP at Eastbourne you can expect: lunch, refreshments and arena side seats in the Pilots Enclosure. The VIP pass also includes a helicopter pleasure flight and the opportunity to meet with, and chat to some of the display pilots.

You will of course be helping Dave; more than likely fetching his tea or holding his spare memory card while he takes the full one out of his Nikon. Dave will be more than happy to give a few pointers if you are a novice and will probably share a wartime story or two (Sorry Dave).

To enter you will need to submit a VALID entry into this years calendar competition before midday on 10th August 2014. Please give your entry the subject “VIP entry” to ensure inclusion in the draw. Give yourself 2 entries in the draw by submitting 2 separate entries (max permitted).

**Anyone who has already submitted an entry can send a blank email with the subject “VIP entry” to be eligible, however Early Entry Phase entries ARE NOT eligible.

Good Luck

Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The recent addition to the prize board courtesy of Icon Stamp Art has been placed in the pot for 2nd prize. The approx prize value as it currently stands is as follows:1st prize: £400
2nd prize: £200
3rd prize: £100
3 x runner up prizes: £40 – £55

A full break down of the prizes can be found at:

Please do visit the sponsors, hopefully you will find something you wish to purchase. This is after all what keeps the competitions going and the prizes coming in.

*Waddington Airshow are expected to confirm prize offering soon

The competition leaderboard at the start of the competition is very interesting…

Mark Jarvis, Martyn Crookston, Adrian Glazzard and Robert Clarke all look set to join the 100 club this year – fingers crossed… Martyn Crookston is by default the man to beat again this year – 2nd place on the Ranking Total column with 79 points, but there will be no entries from the current 1st place as Ken Brannen jumps in as a sponsor this year – so the pressure is on Martyn!

And will Ian Schofield retain his stranglehold on the top and break through into the 200 club (if he does he will likely be the only member) – the only other person who could join him is Neil Darby, but the quality of entries keeps on getting better and it is doubtful whether one individual will stand out on their own.

Looking forward to receiving your entries, Good Luck!

league table


Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This years competition opens officially  this coming thursday (1st May) and will close on 30th September 2014.

Prizes have been coming in thick and fast with the latest contribution coming from Terry Jones Art ( ), with two commemorative prints on offer. Both prints can be seen on the following page – the Jon Egging print has been allocated to first prize and the Sean Cunningham print to 2nd prize.

Terry is very generously donating the proceeds from sale of both prints to the Jon Eggings Trust and The Royal Air force Benevolent Fund respectively. In the hope of winning one of these great prizes, it is understandable you may not wish to make apurchase at this time, but do please make a donation to either (or both) of these very worthy charities in the meantime.

The RIAT tickets have now also been allocated to 1st prize, other airshow tickets are awaiting confirmation and will be detailed as soon as possible. This years prize table now stands as follows:

1st Prize

£150 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

RIAT – pair of public entry tickets for sunday July 19th 2015 (valued at £39 each) (R)

Flt Lt Jon Egging (Red Arrows) Commemorative print courtesy of Terry Jones Art (valued at £75)(UK)

Family ticket to Newark Air Museum (valued at £21 each)

2nd Prize

£100 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham (Red Arrows) Commemorative print courtesy of Terry Jones Art (valued at £75)(UK)

Pair of family ticket to Newark Air Museum (valued at £21 each)

3rd Prize

£50 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

Family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

1st runner up prize

Wingman 16″ x 12″ print courtesy of Oxon Images (Value = £33.90)(UK)

Family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

Mono print T-shirt courtesy of Cosford RAF Museum (valued at £12.99)

2nd runner up prize

Apache Storm 16″ x 12″ print courtesy of Oxon Images (Value = £33.90)(UK)

Family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

Mono print T-shirt courtesy of Cosford RAF Museum (valued at £12.99)

3rd runner up prize

B17 Bomber Escort 20 ” x 10″ print courtesy of Oxon Images (Value = £30)(UK)

Mono print T-shirt courtesy of Cosford RAF Museum (valued at £12.99)

Good Luck everyone!

Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Just over 2 weeks remaining in the Early Entry Phase.

I have received a few questions regarding the number of entries which are allowed, so to clarify…

Before the competition opens officially on the 1st May, there is an Early Entry Phase.

During the Early Entry Phase entrants are permitted to submit ONE entry, but it MUST have been taken during 2013. There will be no further opportunity to submit this “extra” entry after 31st March.

All entries received in this phase will be reviewed and shortlisted during April. Maximum of 25 entries will be shortlisted, so regardless of the total number of entries received, some may not make the cut.

The Main Phase opens on 1st May and closes on 30th September. During this phase entrants are permitted to submit TWO entries, both of which must have been taken in 2014.

On to the prizes now:

The prize board currently stands as follows:

1st Prize

£150 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

2nd Prize

£100 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

3rd Prize

£50 voucher (to include p&p) courtesy of Key Publishing Ltd

1st, 2nd and 3rd runner up prizes

To Be Confirmed

Prixes confirmed but not yet allocated on table:

3 family tickets to Museum of Berkshire Aviation (valued at £8.50 each)

RIAT – pair of public entry tickets for sunday July 19th 2015 (valued at £39 each)

Pair of family tickets to Newark Air Museum (valued at £21 each)

Awaiting confirmation:

3 unframed signed prints courtesy of Oxon Images

Vehicle pass for Waddington Airshow 2015

Good Luck!

2015 Airshow Calendar Competition gets Key Prizes

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The UK’s largest aviation publisher Key Publishing Ltd have today confirmed their prize offering for this years competition.

With this the prize board now begins to take shape, and looks like this:

1st Prize: £150 Key Publishing voucher

2nd Prize: £100 Key Publishing voucher

3rd Prize: £50 Key Publishing voucher

Your prize can be used to purchase magazine subscriptions such as Air Forces Monthly and Flypast, books, models, flight sims and even DVD’s.

You don’t have to limit yourself to aviation prizes either as Key also produce railway, modelling, sport, and military publications.

To see the Key Publishing’s full product range, why not browse their online shop at:

Airscene is in discussions with several sponsors, and hopes to make further prize announcements soon.

To enter the Airscene 2015 Airshow Calendar Competition:

Calendar competition receives stamp of approval

Friday, September 6th, 2013

concorde framed stamp art

Airscene bumped into the proprietor of Covent Garden’s based Icon Stamp Art whilst doing the rounds at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels. After going to extradordinary lengths (buying a couple of framed pictures) Simon Coleman has kindly agreed to offer one of the Concorde 3D stamp pictures (as seen above) towards this years competition.

All of Simon’s work is genuine, hand-made and 100% original – and uses real stamps. Following on in similar style (front, profile, plan), Simon has created a variety of artwork which includes the Spitfire and a beautiful bi-plane in profile only. Due to the hand-made nature of the pieces, the items available in the shop will tend to vary at times, however do contact Simon to let him know what you may be interested in, and if he doesnt have it, he wil let you know if it can be done.

The Concorde piece retails for £30 (framed) and will be added to the first prize pot in this years competition.

For further information about Icon Stamp Art, and to see the available collection please visit or leave a personal message at