RAF Museum Cosford: Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster fly in for Large Model Air Show

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be flying their Avro Lancaster and a pair of fighters (one Hurricane and one Spitfire) over RAF Museum Cosford during the Large Model Air Show on the weekend of July 6/7 featuring some of the finest and most impressive remote control aircraft models. Pictured are two aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) in the skies above Lincolnshire. Top left is Hurricane LF363, painted to represent 249 Squadron Battle of Britain Hurricane ‘GN-F’ on its port side. GN-F was the aircraft flown during the Battle of Britain by fighter ace Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC and Bar AFC AE LdH. 'SD-A' code letters on LF363's starboard side are the code letters of the 501 Squadron Hurricane flown by Paul Farnes DFM also during the Battle of Britain. Centre left is Lancaster PA474 wearing 460 Squadron (RAAF)'s AR-L on her portside and 50 Squadron VN-T on her starboard side. (MOD image via Wikipedia)
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RAF Museum Press Release: A flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which will include a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster, is set to wow crowds at the forthcoming Large Model Air Show taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. The flypast is in addition to the hundreds of model aircraft taking to the skies during the two-day family event.

Date: 6-7 July 2019 / Time: Gates open 8.30am / Cost: £8.00 in advance (until 3 July) / £10.00 on the gate 

(A video summarizing the action from last year’s event is seen below)

The Large Model Air Show is part of the Museum’s ‘Summer of Spitfire’ programme of events and activities where visitors can expect to see a spectacular mass formation Spitfire flypast, followed by the chance to get a closer look at the models in the static display line-up later in the show.  Listen out for the unmistakable sound of a real Spitfire as the BBMF treat visitors to a Spitfire and Hurricane flypast on Saturday and Lancaster flypast on Sunday, an exciting highlight both days not to be missed! (weather permitting)

The popular event takes place on the airfield at RAF Cosford and even offers visitors the unique opportunity to camp on the airfield, so why not turn the weekend into a mini break and enjoy the exclusive overnight airfield access and weekend entertainment.

This image gives you some idea of the massive size some of the remote control aircraft can be. Aircraft pictured here are from a previous show at Cosford, but are typical of those which will be performing at this event at RAF Museum Cosford over the weekend of July 6/7. (image via RAF Museum)

On offer both days will be the chance for flying novices to get behind the controls and have a go at flying a scale model aircraft in the ‘Future Pilots Zone’. Families will be kept fully entertained with children’s fun rides, trade stalls and a craft tent to peruse around, alongside an assortment of military vehicles and a Rolls Royce car display (Saturday).

Another image from a previous Large Model Air Show at RAF Museum Cosford. (image via RAF Museum)

Ticket holders will also have access to the RAF Museum where they can view over 75 historic aircraft including the world’s oldest Spitfire Mk.I, and a rare Spitfire PR.XIX. Displayed side by side until 1 September, these aircraft illustrate the diverse roles in which the Spitfire served, ranging from fighter interceptor to high altitude photographic reconnaissance.

RAF Museum Cosford’s rare Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX PM651 will be a part of the museum’s activities during the Summer of Spitfire, which kicks off over Armed Forces Weekend (June 29/30). (image via RAFM)

The Spitfire theme will continue throughout July and August as the Museum pays homage to one of the most iconic aircraft in history with a packed program of events and activities.

On selected dates throughout August, interactive family-friendly Spitfire Storytelling delivered by costumed re-enactors will take place within the ‘War in the Air’ hangar located next to the Spitfire. Enjoy Behind-the-Barriers access for a closer look inside the world’s oldest Spitfire, accompanied by a Second World War handling collection. Capture the fun in the Spitfire Selfie Station packed with giant Spitfire props and uniforms to try, a perfect memento of your visit.

There will be more Spitfire fun throughout two of the Museum’s big summers events, the Cosford Food Festival and Vintage and Handmade Festival taking place on the 20—21 July and 17-18 August respectively. Soak up the festival atmosphere whist sipping on a glass of Spitfire Heritage Gin, keep a look out for the stand at both events selling the prestige gin by the glass and the bottle.  There will be plenty of Spitfire themed fun for youngsters to enjoy at the Cosford Food Festival including Spitfire cupcake and biscuit decorating.  At the Vintage and Handmade Festival children can get crafty in the mini makers tent making peg Spitfires before heading to Spitfire School in the Second World War hut!

The Museum will host two exclusive RAF Stories Spitfire talks with Candida Adkins, daughter of female Spitfire Pilot, Jackie Moggridge who will be sharing her personal stories about her mother on 3 August. On 31 August, listen to the first-hand experiences from Air Cdre Paul Godfrey who enjoyed a distinguished RAF career, including three seasons with the BBMF flying the Spitfire, Hurricane and Chipmunk. 

Step inside the new Virtual Reality Zone and experience the thrill of flying in a Spitfire. Located in the Test Flight hangar, this brand-new experience places you in the cockpit and 10,000 feet in the air for a panoramic view of a real Spitfire flight.  With the use of VR goggles, fun focussed visitors can enjoy a 6-minute flight and see first-hand what it’s like to taxi and take-off in a Spitfire, and of course….no flight would be complete without a circuit of the airfield, including low passes and a loop de loop, before landing and taxiing into the hangar. The footage developed exclusively for the RAF Museum is the first of several new VR experiences on board real aircraft to become available, with more flights arriving soon.  The experience costs just £5 per person and is suitable for visitors ages 13+.

The Summer of Spitfire will conclude on the 1 September at the annual Spitfire 10K and Spitfire Family Run.  The 10K will see 1,500 runners take to the airfield and sprinting down the runway, each wearing their roll of honour card, paying tribute to Pilots who lost their lives during the Battle of Britain.  Upon completion, runners will be rewarded with a bespoke 2019 Spitfire 10K medal.  The 10K is already sold out but there are a limited number of places still available for the Family Run that will see hundreds of families with younger children run a shorter 1km race route around the Museum grounds, past iconic aircraft. 

For more details on the packed Summer of Spitfire programme of events and activities and to view a wide range of Spitfire Merchandise including many exclusive items visit HERE.

The Museum is open daily from 10.00am. Admission is free.

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