Please note that the dates for these tours may vary from the guide below. No tours will be offered until international borders are open.
We arrived at Cosford Museum which is the main RAF Museum and has wonderful displays and much more. This Museum is a drawcard for the Primary School children and today was no exception. There must have been at least 6 schools taking their children through the Museum. The hangars are filled with many aircraft from the WW2 period through the experimental stages of the 50s and 60s and includes many displays associated with the Cold War, Missile crisis in Cuba and the Berlin airlift.
Firstly, we visited the hangars where the planes were on display and since last year there has been a change in the displays. Notably, there are more German and Japanese planes there. Some having been moved up from Hendon which has been going through a refurbishment. Following our time viewing the collection we were met by Daren, the manager of the Conservation Section and we taken into the area which is usually out of bounds for visitors. It was very interesting to hear Daren talk about the work they are doing and their apprenticeship programme. They have a few really big projects under way which includes the Hampden Bomber, the Dornier that was rescued out of the English Channel and the ongoing work on the Wellington. These are huge projects which will take years to complete but the Hampden could be ready to go to Hendon within 6 months. I thanked Daren for allowing us into his world of conservation and then we took our leave.
Our visit concluded at 1330 and we then boarded our coach and started to make our way across country towards the expressway that was to take us into York. After an hour we left the main road and ventured inland to find a nice pub for lunch. In not too long we saw what we wanted, the White Horse Hotel at Duffield. Following lunch we continued our journey on towards York, arriving at 1800.