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“Cold War at room temperature”

RAF Cosford Air Show
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Owner description: RAF Cosford Air Show is one of the country's top aviation events attracting thousands of people of all ages to a day full of excitement and entertainment. As well as the flying display and static aircraft there is a children's fun fair and Sunday market. Even if it is wet there is plenty to do inside with our indoor craft fair and the RAF Museum Cosford, entry is included. All proceeds from the Air Show go to RAF and local charities. For Trade, Hospitality, Sponsorship and Display queries please contact us.
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is a truly breathtaking display of the RAF aircraft that were on alert during the many years of the Cold War. With RAF units based in Germany and so many U.S. bases in the UK this was an exciting period where we were prepared to take on the Russian Bear. The planes displayed here kept him out and what used to be top secret can just about be touched now. This is a very modern building and there's lots of daylight inside. One doesn't need to use the flash in taking pictures.
Good facilities, good catering and a shop well worth visiting. Ample parking space and a number of impressive aircraft outside that would be too big to take cover. Full credits to the architect who designed this building, in Holland a new Netherlands Air Force museum is under construction that got its ideas from Cosford.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

a brilliant day out , for old and young alike, you get to go in an air raid shelter , and old classroom,(and make your own I D CARD) then have a look in the war time house, try on costumes and thats before you even get to start on the aircraft, there is loads to do to keep everyone happy would definately reccomend even for the girls lol

Thank amanda b
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Cosford was opened about 1939 as 9MU its primary role to maintain and repair aircraft of all types during the war effort.In the 50s it was closed for aircraft one reason being the runway was to small for the modern jet aircraft,they could land but could not take of again.The runwya could not be lengthened because of 2 mainroads at either end.It them became a transport maintenance unit as 236MU.In the 60s the airfield side closed alltogether leaving only the Birmingham Uni flying club ,the gliding club and the rifle range . Some volateers got together and started restoring old air craft and that was the start of what is now one of the finest collection of air craft in cth country.

It is well worth a visit but you must give yourself at least half a dayto appreciate all that is on display.My father worked at Cosford and during the school holidays the airfield was my play ground the planes my toys which would be unheard of today with the Nanny State and Health and Safety.

Cosford in te 50s was als used to break up the surplus aircraft after the war.Remembering all the spitfires,hurricanes.bombers,gliders(boxcars,camels)standing there waiting their fate brings a lump to the throat but at least the museum goes partly the way to mrepair a sad memory.

The museum is free though they have just introduced a parking fee which is mot excessive especially if its a family day out maybe 4 or 5 of you.I defy anybody to say they found nothing of interest because there is something for all.

Three hangers incorporate exprimentle aircraft,WW2,Faulklands,German,Japanese ,Americn and British aircraft.Fighters.traspotersand equipment are on show.The rocket exebition makes you wonder how we won the war when the Germans had the available if Hitler had allowed the research to continue.Amore sophisticted cabl controled rocket is still in use today that is how advanced they were.There are interactive displays and a flight simulator where you can fly with the Red Arrows and variouse other planes (for this you pay seprately)

Moving from the hangers is a new building The Cold War museum which won an award for the way it depictcts the event.On 3 floors it houses the 3 V bombers .transporters (Belfast,York etc) reockets and ground equipment.There is a gift shop (keep the children away could be an arm and a leg ) and a cafe.

The whole museum is disabled friendly hangers are on the flat and the 3 floors of the CW museum have lift acess .Allpart have wheel chair access.

Worth a day out and something yuo will remember.There is a programme available which costs a few pounds and a free news letter.The air show is also worth a viset and thi is the only time you have to pay to get on the airfield.There are other events which take place e.g. but I have naver attended them. A wonderful day for all young and old.The only part I was not so happy about was the main cafe which did not seem to fit with every thing else with its layout 'furniture and decoration. A very minor point...Have a good day.

Thank 589albertm589
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

If you spend less than 2-3 hours getting in and out of the show you are a winner! Other than this it is a fantastic day out with loads if attractions and things to do. Something for all ages.
Very open though so be prepared if the weather is bad.
Usual food available at vans, burgers etc.
Lots of air force staff available who are more than happy to talk and educate you on things you would never normally know about.
Great atmosphere also.
Trains are provided direct to the show, so would advise traveling in from either Wolverhampton or Telford as it really does spoil the day trying to get in, but even worse out of the show. I think it's mainly due to location and sheer quantity of vehicles using limited surrounding roads, so however much people moan about it, truth is this problem will never change.
Go....it's fun

Thank charlietroy
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

I thought it would be "just an air show" but was really pleased to find lots of retail therapy, including an indoor craft fair. Also a children's funfair and inflatables, simulators etc and arena displays in the morning. Once the flying started (late morning until 5ish) was thrilled by Red Arrows as ever but also enjoyed the VC10 and historic stuff. Boys enjoyed the loud ones like the Eurofighter of course.

We had no trouble with the traffic this year but I saw the train station is actually on site so will definitely do that next year.

Next year we'll probably also buy into the hospitality as it would be nice to have a base and our own toilets (even though there were actually plenty which is always a nice surprise). And if we aren't driving we can enjoy a drink or two in the garden!

Perry

Thank Perry J
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