Posts Tagged ‘January’

Striding into the New Year with the Lancaster Challenge

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Lancaster Challengre Medal

Date: Registration now open, challenge finishes on 17 May 2021 Cost: £20 per person

The Royal Air Force Museum is striding into the New Year with a brand-new virtual challenge, where participants can choose whether to complete 80K, 150K or even 500K!

Registrations for the Lancaster Challenge opened on Saturday 9 January 2021, exactly 80 years since the first test flight of the Avro Lancaster. Whether you need to walk off the Christmas calories, or get outdoors to beat the lockdown blues, participants of the Lancaster Challenge can walk, run, hike, swim, cycle or row their way to the finish line. Participants will have access to a downloadable log sheet to record their 80K, 150K or 500K distance, before being rewarded with an exclusive, Lancaster Challenge medal after the challenge closes on 17 May, the anniversary of Operation CHASTISE, better known as the Dambusters Raid.

As a virtual race, the Lancaster Challenge can be completed anywhere in the world. Within the first 48 hours of registrations opening, more than 1,850 people have signed up to participate, with entries flying in from across the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, America, Singapore and Thailand. The Armed Forces Community are also showing their support for the Challenge with more than 400 Armed Forces Personnel already taking part.

Online registration is now open at www.rafmuseum.org, entry costs £20 per person and all proceeds will go towards supporting the RAF Museum (registered charity number 244708) to enable the Museum to continue sharing the RAF story – past, present and future.

RAF Museum London Public Events Manager, Ella Hewitt said:
“The Lancaster Challenge was due to start on the 2 March, 79 years since the Lancaster’s first mission with the RAF, but we want to keep people motivated and moving in lockdown, so you can begin the challenge as soon as you sign up! Whether you choose to complete 80K, 150K or 500K, participants can select the distance to suit their ability and complete it anytime, anywhere, individually, or with members of their household bubble. The Challenge is open to participants of all ages, but we do recommend under 16’s are accompanied by an adult.”

This year’s bespoke medal design features the Lancaster, arguably the most famous, and certainly the most successful heavy bomber operated by the RAF during the Second World War. With an impressive performance and excellent flying characteristics, the Lancaster soon established its superiority over its rivals. Indeed, it was described by Marshal of the RAF, Sir Arthur Harris, Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, as ‘the greatest single factor in winning the war’. The Lancaster on display at RAF Museum London, known as S for ‘Sugar’ has a distinguished operational record having flown 139 missions during the Second World War.

RAF Museum CEO Maggie Appleton said:
“During these difficult times, looking after our mental and physical health is important for us all. Key to planning our recovery during the next few weeks and months is that we concentrate more than ever on looking after ourselves and each other and that is why we are encouraging all our staff to take time-out of their day, while working from home, to get outdoors and enjoy some daily exercise. Our staff will be leading the way by participating in the Lancaster Challenge and we hope families, participants from our previous challenge events, along with our friends in the RAF and partner organisations will join us. Support from our Challengers enables us to keep the doors of our Museums open for all generations to enjoy.”

Participants can stay connected and make new friends as they complete the Challenge by joining the RAF Museum Virtual Running Group on Facebook. Meet other Challengers, share your progress and ask fellow participants for advice. However you choose to complete the challenge, the Museum would love to hear from you! Tag @rafmuseum in your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or with #LancasterChallenge2021.

Limited edition Lancaster Challenge T-shirts are also available to purchase when registering online. The souvenir T-shirts cost £14.00 and will be delivered with your medal following the end of the challenge. Sizes range from small to XX Large.

Or why not consider fundraising for the RAF Museum, pledge to raise £80 and receive your souvenir Lancaster Challenge t-shirt for free, delivered with your medal at the end of the challenge. Starting your fundraising could not be simpler, select the sponsorship option when signing up online and head to our Lancaster Challenge JustGiving page. Once you have set up your JustGiving page, our team will be in touch with some handy tips to kick start your fundraising.

To register for the Lancaster Challenge visit rafmuseum.org. Entry costs £20 per person, additional booking and postage charges apply for overseas participants.

In memory of ‘The Few’: Hurricane 80K Challenge

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Hurricane 80k Challenge Medal

Date: 21 April – 10 July 2020 (registration now open)
Cost: £20 per person

To commemorate 80 years since the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force Museum has launched the Hurricane 80K Challenge, encouraging keen runners and novices alike, to run 80K in 80 days.

The Hurricane 80K Challenge is a virtual race that commences on 21 April 2020 and runners have exactly 80 days to run, walk, swim or bike 80K in a location of their choice. Participants will have access to a downloadable log sheet to record their 80K before being rewarded with a bespoke, commemorative 80K Challenge medal.

As a virtual race, the 80K challenge can be completed anywhere in the world. Online registration is now open and runners from across the UK and as far as Germany and Norway have already signed up. Participants have 80 days until 10 July, poignantly the start of the Battle of Britain, to complete the challenge.

Entry costs £20 per person and all proceeds from the Hurricane 80K Challenge will go towards the RAF Museum, registered charity 244708. Limited edition Hurricane 80K Challenge t-shirts are also available to purchase when registering online.

RAF Museum London Public Events Manager, Ella Hewitt said:
“The Hurricane 80K Challenge is an opportunity for people across the globe to challenge themselves and pay respect to ‘The Few’ who served and lost their lives during the Battle of Britain 80 years ago. 80K in 80 days is quite a task, but it can be completed anytime, anywhere, and we’ve already had lots of interest from abroad and RAF bases across the UK. It’s great to see people getting behind the challenge.”

The Hurricane, often overshadowed by the Spitfire, was the number one fighter plane during the Battle of Britain, inflicting the most losses and causing the most amount of damage to the Luftwaffe during the engagement. Having fought in all major theatres of the Second World War and playing a crucial role in protecting Britain during the summer of 1940, the Hurricane 80K Challenge is giving the aircraft the spotlight it deserves.

 To register for the Hurricane 80K Challenge visit www.rafmuseum.org. Entry costs £20 per person, or £32 per person with the souvenir t-shirt. Additional booking and postage charges apply for overseas participants.

The annual Spitfire 10K will also be returning to the RAF Museum London on 29 August and RAF Museum Cosford on 30 August 2020. All runners will be given the name of a Battle of Britain RAF pilot to wear with their race number, in memory of those who defended our skies during the summer of 1940. Spaces are limited and filling up fast. For further details or to register you place visit www.rafmuseum.org.

2020 Events @ RAF Museum London

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

RAF Museum London

RAF Museum London is proud to announce it’s events listing for 2020:

JANUARY

Wednesday 8, 15, 22 and 29 January
Fly High Yoga
Yoga underneath the Sunderland Flying Boat in H1, with Yogi Rakhee
7.30pm
£45

Friday 17 January
Vulcan and Cold War: Pilot Edition
Andrew Brookes will be sharing his story under the Vulcan he flew and operated. This is a chance to do the VCW experience in a very special way!
4.00pm – 8.00pm
£8 / £50

Tuesday 28 January
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

Saturday 8 February
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm – 4.00pm
£50

FEBRUARY

Thursday 20 February and Friday 21 February
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

Tuesday 25 February
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am
£50

MARCH

Saturday 7 March
Pillows and Pilots (SOLD OUT)
Sleepover for groups with activities, a film and the chance to spend the night surrounded by our collections – now sold out.
6.30pm – 9.00am
£35

Wednesday 18 March
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Thursday 26 March
First World War Flying Machines
Explore our First World War Aircraft and collections after hours and don’t miss your chance to step over the barriers
6.00pm – 9.00pm
£10 / £15

Tuesday 31 March
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

APRIL

Saturday 4 April
Pillows and Pilots (SOLD OUT)
Sleepover for groups with activities, a film and the chance to spend the night surrounded by our collections.
6.30pm – 9.00am
£35

Saturday 4 April to Sunday 19 April
Easter Animal Trail
Trail through the Museum to find all the animals in our collections – there’s a tasty treat at the end!
10.00am – 3.00pm
£3

Wednesday 8 April Thursday 9 April
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

Wednesday 15 April Thursday 16 April
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

April 21 – 10 July
Hurricane 80K Challenge
Walk, run, cycle or even row your way to 80K! Commemorate the Battle of Britain 80th anniversary with our new challenge. Enter and when you complete you will be sent one of our unique medals.
£20

Wednesday 22 April
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Tuesday 28 April
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
£50

MAY

Saturday 2 May
Pillows and Pilots (SOLD OUT)
Sleepover for groups with activities, a film and the chance to spend the night surrounded by our collections – sold to one group of brownies
6.30pm – 9.00am
£35

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May
VE Day Party **
Join us at our street party to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day. Book your celebratory tea and join in on all our fun activities!
11.00am – 3.00pm
Free – picnics available in advance

Wednesday 13 May
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Friday 15 May and Saturday 16 May
Spitfire Adventure (Museums at Night edition)
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure after hours for Museums at Night. Bring a group of friends and play the game, find the clues and solve the escape room challenges.
7.00pm
£18

Tuesday 26 May
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May
The Hendon Pageant
The Hendon Pageant is back, this year we will bringing to life the 1940s. Living History, Talk, tours, Fairgrounds and Music all weekend. Possible flypast
10.00am – 5.00pm
Free

JUNE

Wednesday 17 June
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Saturday 27 June
Armed Forces Day Service
Service and Parade in partnership with London Borough of Barnet. With flypast
10.00am – 11.00am
Free

Tuesday 30 June
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

JULY

Saturday 4 July
Night Flight
Spend the night at the Museum and get the chance to see our collections up close, food, drink a film and loads of activities all night!
7.00pm – 9.00am
£75

Friday 10 July
Battle of Britain at Night
Explore our Battle of Britain era Aircraft and collections after hours and don’t miss your chance to step over the barriers. It’s also the chance to see our new exhibitions after hours.
6.00pm – 9.30pm
£15

Saturday 11 July
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Tuesday 28 July
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

Thursday 30 July Friday 31 July
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

AUGUST

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August
Family Festival of Flight
Annual festival working with the Access and learning team to deliver activities based around STEM.
10.00am – 5.00pm
Free

Thursday 6 August Friday 7 August
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

Thursday 13 August and Friday 14 August
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

Thursday 19 August Friday 20 August
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

Wednesday 12 August
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August
The Big Tea Party (VJ Weekend)
Family tea party with loads of activities, storytelling and more! Includes flypast
11.00am – 2.00pm
£8

Tuesday 25 August
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

Saturday 29 August
Spitfire 10K and Family Run
Chocks away for the annual Spitfire 10K and Spitfire Family run to commemorate 80 years since the Battle of Britain. Includes flypast
8.00am – 12.00pm
£22.50

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September
Battle of Britain Festival
Vintage, food, drink, and much more! This festival will be great fun for the whole family. Includes flypast.
10.00am – 5.00pm
Various (adult admission at £7)

Wednesday 16 September
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Tuesday 29 September
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

OCTOBER

Saturday 17 October
Vulcan and Cold War Experience (SOLD OUT)
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Saturday 24 October
Pillows and Pilots (Family Edition)
A chance for families to spend the night at the Museum with activities, games and a film!
6.30pm – 9.00am
£45

Tuesday 27 October
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

Wednesday 28 October and Thursday 29 October
Spitfire Adventure
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure! Play this interactive game and discover all the clues hidden around the museum. If you’re lucky you will graduate from the Spitfire Academy.
11.00am & 2.30pm
£12 / £15

Thursday 29 October and Friday 30 October
Spitfire Adventure (Museums at Night edition)
Join us for the Spitfire Adventure after hours for Museums at Night. Bring a group of friends and play the game, find the clues and solve the escape room challenges.
7.00pm – 10.30pm
£18

NOVEMBER

Sunday 8 November
Remembrance Service
A remembrance Sunday service set in front of our Fighter Four with readings from local schools, poppy displays and a performance from the North London Military Wives Choir.
10.00am – 11.30am
Free

Wednesday 18 November
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
12.00pm -4.00pm
£50

Saturday 14 November
Photography Workshop
Learn how to take photos of our collection in this one day workshop with Lee Chapman, Airscene photographer.
10.00am – 5.00pm
£75

Saturday 21 November
Night Shoot
Photographers are given the unique opportunity to take photos of our collection. We’ve teamed up with Threshold Aero.
5.00pm – 10.00pm
£25

Tuesday 24 November
Vulcan and Cold War Experience
Unique cockpit tour of the Vulcan, Phantom and a ground crew tour of our amazing Cold War Aircraft.
10.20am – 2.00pm
£50

28 November – 3 January
Christmas Trail
Complete our Letter Home and get your chocolatey reward.
10.00am – 3.00pm
£3

DECEMBER

Friday 4 December 2020
Christmas Gin & Swing
After hours event with music, dancing and lots of gin!
6.30pm – 10.30pm
From £10

Saturday 18 – Sunday 20 December 2020
Christmas Grotto
Your chance to meet Father Christmas at the RAF Museum!
10.00am – 5.30pm
£8

www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events.aspx

RAF Museum Spitfire receives Engineering Heritage Award

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Heritage Award

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 K9942 displayed at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has been presented with a prestigious ‘Engineering Heritage Award’ by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The awards, established in 1984, celebrate the contribution of mechanical engineering past and present, recognising artefacts, sites and landmarks of significant engineering importance.

The Spitfire was recognised for the contribution and vital role it played both in terms of protecting our nation and its pioneering engineering. The award was presented to RAF Museum CEO Maggie Appleton by current Chair of IMechE’s Engineering Heritage Committee John Wood, with fellow IMechE members in attendance.

Built in Woolston, Southampton in 1939 this early Mark 1 is the world’s oldest surviving Spitfire. Designed by R J Mitchell, the Spitfire combined strength, lightness and streamlining with the powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. From the beginning pilots recognised it as a thoroughbred combining a perfection of design with superb handling characteristics.

RAF Museum Cosford Curator, Tom Hopkins said:
“The Spitfire is the most famous British fighter aircraft in history. It won immortal fame during the summer months of 1940 by helping to defeat the German air attacks during the Battle of Britain. Although Hurricanes outnumbered Spitfires throughout the Battle of Britain, it was the Spitfire which captured the imagination of the British public and enemy alike. The Spitfire was developed into many subsequent variants and continued to serve with the RAF until well after the end of the Second World War.”

Chair of IMechE’s Engineering Heritage Committee, John Wood said:
“The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is delighted to present this award to the Spitfire to recognise the huge contribution, its designers and pilots made during the Battle of Britain. The UK’s large aerospace industry is built on the rich heritage of engineering innovation which is a legacy of aircraft such as the Spitfire.”

Spitfires first went into service in August 1938 with No.19 Squadron and by the outbreak of war, a year later, nine squadrons were equipped. Production rapidly built up and by July 1940 there were nineteen Spitfire Mk 1 squadrons available. 1,566 Spitfire Mk 1’s were built and the example on display at RAF Museum Cosford is the oldest surviving example of its type. The aircraft can be viewed daily from 10am in the Museum’s War in the Air hangar. Entry to the Museum is free and further details can be found at www.rafmuseum.org/cosford.

This is the 129th Engineering Heritage Award to be presented by IMechE, which has over 120,000 members across the UK and overseas, with over 400 members based in Shropshire. By holding events and working on engineering initiatives, they aim to raise the profile of engineering across a broad spectrum of industries and offer practical guidance and support to engineers. Further details can be found at www.imeche.org.

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 www.rafmuseum.org/cosford. 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…!

Red Arrows To Perform Air Tattoo Farewell Before USA Tour

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Red Arrows

The world’s favourite aerobatic display team will be performing their final salute at the Air Tattoo this summer, before they jet off on a high-profile tour of the USA and Canada.

The RAF Red Arrows will perform their last public displays in the UK on 19-21 July at RAF Fairford in the Cotswolds, before they fly to North America for the Western Hawk 19 Tour.

The team will travel across the two nations with a view to promoting trade and co-operation in support of the UK’s prosperity agenda.

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster announced their participation earlier this week: “The Red Arrows are an international symbol of Britain and this landmark event will generate a significant amount of investment. It is only right that, after more than a decade away, they return to the home of our closest defence ally.”

The Red Arrows are no stranger to the skies above RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and have been a firm crowd-favourite at the airshow for the past three years.
Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: “As always, we are delighted to welcome the Red Arrows back to the show.

“Their breath-taking flying displays never fail to disappoint however this year will be extra-special in light of their upcoming tour – we wish them a successful trip”.

In addition to featuring exciting aircraft from around the globe, this summer’s Air Tattoo will feature a wide range of entertaining and interactive activities in its critically-acclaimed Techno Zone®, Activity Zone, Vintage Village and RAF Experience.

Tickets for the airshow, which is staged annually in support of the RAF Charitable Trust, can be purchased online at www.airtattoo.com or by calling 01285 713456. All accompanied under-18s go free.

Lights, Camera, Take-off…to the RAF Museum Night Shoot!

Friday, January 25th, 2019

VC10 at RAF Museum Cosford

Date: 16 March 2019
Time: 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Cost: £25 per person (Over 16’s only)

Photographers are being given the unique opportunity to capture rare images of the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford’s external aircraft collection during an exclusive Photography Night Shoot. Taking place on Saturday 16 March, just 200 places are available for the nighttime aircraft event and tickets are selling fast!

The Museum has teamed up with Threshold Aero, specialists in aviation night shoot photography, to deliver this brand-new event. Aircraft including the Bristol Britannia 312 and the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R.Mk.1 will be lit with LED lights, giving photographers the chance to capture shots of the aircraft in their Museum setting, showcased like never before.

The Night Shoot will commence at 5.00pm allowing those attending the chance to capture images in changing lighting conditions at sunset, before the light fades and after dark. The illuminated aircraft are guaranteed to provide a spectacular photo opportunity.

Eight historic aircraft from the RAF Museum’s collection will be illuminated for the evening, ranging in size from the single seat fighter Hawker Siddeley Hunter F6A to the giant long range airliner Vickers VC10 C1K. Other highlights will include the Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.Mk.1, Lockheed Hercules C130K Mk3 and the Lockheed SP-2h Neptune. As a special addition to the event, the Scottish Aviation Jetstream T Mk1, usually housed inside Hangar 1, will be displayed outside the hangar, giving photographers another aircraft to capture on the night.

RAF Museum Cosford Public Events Manager, Abi Betteridge said:
“We’re excited to be showcasing our iconic aircraft in a completely different light for this brand-new event which we hope will appeal to photographers and aviation fans alike. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to enjoy the Night Shoot, it’s suitable for all abilities and there will be a team from Threshold Aero, Museum Staff and Volunteers on hand throughout the evening to provide assistance. So far the interest has been incredible with over a third of the tickets already gone in just under a week.”

Event organisers are confident the Night Shoot will not only appeal to photographers but also aviation fans who want to enjoy exclusive after hours access to view the aircraft in a different light. Tickets to the Photography Night Shoot event are now available to purchase in advance via the Museum website and cost £25 per person (including onsite parking fee). Ticket holders must be aged 16 years and over. Visit www.rafmuseum.org/cosford for more details.

German Navy Participation Confirmed for RAF Cosford Air Show

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

German Navy Orion by Dirk Jande Ridder

Two aircraft from the German Navy will be heading to Shropshire later this year to join the exciting array of aircraft displays planned for the RAF Cosford Air Show on
Sunday 9th June, including an extremely rare flying display by a Lockheed P-3C Orion.

The Orion is an iconic maritime patrol aircraft of Cold War era, which is currently flown by 18 different countries around the globe, with the German Navy operating a
fleet of eight airframes which perform patrols over the North Sea. On the ground at the Air Show, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with a Westland Sea
Lynx Mk.88A helicopter, also from the German Navy.

Air Show Operations Manager, Mr Peter Reoch, said, “We’re thankful to the German Navy for planning to support the RAF Cosford Air Show 2019 with these two fantastic aircraft, which will be highlights of the 2019 event for many aviation enthusiasts. These aircraft join the exciting aerial extravaganza planned to mark the 70th Anniversary of NATO at the RAF Cosford Air Show this year.”

Tickets for the Air Show are currently available at the discounted ‘early-bird’ price of £25.00, with accompanied under-16s entering free of charge, making the Air Show a great value for money family day out. This discounted ticket price will only be available for a limited time so Air Show organisers advise buying yours today to avoid missing out. Tickets are only available to purchase in advance of the Air Show, and last year’s event was a complete sell-out in the week prior to the show.

For more information about the displays planned at the Air Show, and to purchase your admission tickets, visit the Air Show website: www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

2019 Events at Sywell

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Sywell aviation museum

27th January 2019 – TALK – Mike Hallett – W/C H BLACKBURN 1430 Cirrus Room

17th February 2019 – TALK – Brian Mann – THE AVRO CANADA STORY 1430 Cirrus Room

24th March 2019 – TALK – P Fitxgerald – IN PRAISE OF THE C130 – 1430 Cirrus Room

14th April 2019 – TALK – Cliff Hill – SPITFIRE MT627 TBC – 1430 Cirrus Room

20th April 2019 – Sywell Aviation Museum GRAND OPENING 2019

20th-23rd June 2019 – British Aerobatic Championships

27th-28th July 2019 – ATOMIC Festival*

30th August – 1st Sept 2019 – LAA Rally*

14th September 2019 – Young Aviators Day

21st-22nd September 2019 – Sywell Classic Pistons & Props

www.sywellaviationmuseum.org.uk

2019 Events at Yorkshire Air Museum

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Buccaneer at Yorkshire Air Museum

For details on all our events, including dates for our live engine runs and Thunder Days, go to the Calendar page on our website at www.yorkshireairmuseum.org

21st & 22nd April – “Cherchez les Lapins Blancs” (The White Rabbit Trail – An Easter trail with a French Twist)

11th & 12th May – “Against the Odds” (Our famous Wartime Revival weekend, this year celebrating 75 years since D-Day)

2nd June – “Cockpits & Jets Day” (We open selected cockpits to the public and celebrate jet powered aviation)

27th June – “Inspirations” (STEM Educational Challenge)

29th June – “Scouts Takeover Day”

28th July – “Vintage Day” (A day of fun for all the family with music, dance and vintage motorcycles display)

11th August – “Women’s Services Memorial Day”

1st September – “Allied Air Forces Memorial Day” (Our annual international commemoration)

22nd September – “999! – Emergency Services Day”

10th November – Remembrance Day ceremony

14th & 15th December – “Christmas at Elvington”