Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.Mk.1 (XS709). Advanced navigation trainer for students going on to serve on fast front-line jets.


29 August 2012

Cosford, Shropshire

SJ 78821 05320; 52.64518°N, 2.31444°W


RAF Cosford opened as a storage, maintenance and training base in 1938, and since 1979 has also been home to the Royal Air Force Museum. This aviation museum has two sites, the other one being in London. The National Cold War Exhibition opened at RAF Cosford in 2007.

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford;
RAF Cosford (Wikipedia)

Gloster Meteor F8 Prone Position (WK935). 1950s modified experimental fighter to study effects of g-forces on pilots flying lying down. The idea was abandoned as practical g-suits were developed to counteract the effects of high acceleration forces.

Gloster Meteor F8 Prone Position (WK935)

Gloster Meteor F8 Prone Position (WK935)

Panavia Tornado P02 (XX946). Designed in the Cold War era, the swing-wing Tornado is capable of flying at very high speeds at tree-top height for low-level attacks deep within enemy territory.

Bristol Type 188 (XF926). Experimental stainless-steel aircraft for evaluating the effects of heat on aviation structures at supersonic speeds.

Bristol Type 188 (XF926)

Bristol Type 188 (XF926)

North American P-51D Mustang (44-73415). Reckoned to be one of the most effective fighter aircraft built during the Second World War, the Mustang combined an American airframe with a British designed Rolls Royce engine. Over 2600 units were supplied to the RAF during the war.

Avro Lincoln B2 (RF398) – bomb bay. An upgrade of the Lancaster bomber, the Lincoln came into production just too late to see service in the Second World War. It nonetheless played an important role in Bomber Command in the post-year years until the 1950s when it was superseded by jet ‘V’ bombers.

Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka, Japanese suicide aircraft. This was designed to be launched from a mother aircraft and glide as far as possible before making its final rocket-powered approach to its target.

Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet (191614). The only rocket-powered interceptor ever in operational service, the Komet was deployed by the Luftwaffe towards the end of the Second World War.

Avro York C1 (TS798), National Cold War Exhibition. Manufactured from 1943 to 1946, the York was based on the Lancaster bomber and served as a military and civilian transport aircraft.

Avro York C1 (TS798), National Cold War Exhibition

English Electric Lightning F1 P1B (XG337), National Cold War Exhibition. This supersonic interceptor saw front-line service for almost thirty years from its appearance in the 1950s

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG 21PF (7105), National Cold War Exhibition. The first Soviet fighter whose speed could exceed Mach 2.

Mittelwerke A-4 Rocket (V2), National Cold War Exhibition. The German V2 surface-to-surface missile had a range of 200 miles. This particular example was built after the Second World War by German technicians working for Britain.

Segment of 4th generation Berlin Wall, National Cold War Exhibition. This is one of around 45,000 3.6m-high, 1.2m-wide concrete segments that made up the Berlin Wall.

Lockheed Hercules C130K Mk3 (XV202). The C130 has played a leading role in the RAF transport fleet since the late 1960s.

6 thoughts on “Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

  1. Some nice abstracts in here, espcially the Hercules, and I like the one of the Bristol 188, that must have taken some time to compose just right. Cosford is a great museum with some unique aircraft, like the 188, and of course one of the two surviving TSR2’s, the greatest plane never to enter service.


  2. I like your approach to what I guess was a difficult (jumbled) shooting environment – in my limited experience natural framing points are usually complicated by something in the background. Next time I visit I’ll try to remember your tactic and look for the close-up details shots myself.


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