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Cosford open cockpit event to feature experimental jets

Photo: TSR2 (right) at RAF Museum Cosford.


Date: 7 December 2018 / Time: 6pm-9pm / Cost: £13.50 per person

Enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to take seat inside the cockpit of a BAC TSR2 and get a close look inside a Junkers Ju 88 at the final ‘100 Cockpits and Cabs’ event, taking place at the RAF Cosford Museum on Friday 7 December.

From the Test Flight collection and for the first time ever, visitors can enjoy on-board access to the TSR2, one of only two examples in the world.  Other Test Flight aircraft and vehicles open on the night include the sole example British Aerospace Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP) (close view only).  Built as an advanced technology demonstrator, many of the features pioneered by EAP, including the wing layout, were later refined for the Eurofighter Typhoon, in service with the RAF today.  Also included in the event is the Bristol Type 188, Short Brothers SB5 WG768 (close view only) and the Hunting H126.

The event theme also extends to include a selection of the Museum’s War in the Air aircraft and vehicles and for the first time ever the Junkers Ju88R-1 will be open for close viewing. Also open on the night will be Focke Wulf FW190A-8/R6, the Hawker Hurricane IIc (close view only), Sopwith Pup (close view only), Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1 (close view only), Crossley Ptn 1940 and the Museum’s latest arrival, the Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3. To ensure visitors get the most out of the event, there will be a large team of volunteers manning each aircraft or vehicle who will be available to answer any questions.

A total of 300 tickets are available for the event – attendees will have up to three hours to enjoy the exclusive after-hours access from 6pm-9pm.  The Museum will close at 4pm, however the Visitor Centre and Refuel Restaurant will remain open for ticket holders, before doors to the aircraft and vehicles open at 6pm.  Tickets are now available to purchase through the Museum’s website and cost £13.50 per person which includes parking (minimum height restrictions apply).

The RAF Museum’s Bristol 188 at Cosford. BOTH IMAGES COURTESY RAFM.

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