Today was a long day with many miles to cover to take us to York. We started with a short trip to Cosford where we visited the IWM Cosford and viewed the many aircraft that they have on display. We were first shown the interior of the conservation centre from the viewing platform. Arthur was our guide and explained the work going on there which included the restoration of a Wellington Bomber and a Hampton Bomber. Many years’ work is before the restorers but the outcomes will be worth the effort. Later, Arthur took us into the hangar to see the wing of the Wellington that is about to be covered, stretched Irish Linen is used as the covering and is sewed on to the frame. A photo of the frame showing the strength of the wing is shown.
Cosford has an excellent group of German Planes on display and a few are shown here but the DO17 that was recovered from the sands of the Channel is under wraps as the aluminium is causing an issue and the staff are working on a solution to the problem.
It was a long trip north but we arrived to be met by Leanne and settled into our hotel before enjoying dinner and a drink. Tomorrow we visit Elvington Airfield where many operations by Bomber Command we carried out during the War. A lot of the infrastructure is still as it was when the War ended.