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Pilot's view of Wolverhampton historic aircraft

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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AVIATION fans are being given the chance to sit inside some of the world's most historic aircraft at the Open Cockpits Evening being held at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford next month.

Just 300 tickets are available for this exclusive evening on Saturday, September 20, where a wide range of aircraft will be available for close viewing on the night from 6-9pm, including transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes.

Enthusiasts will be able to get a feel for what it was like to fly these much-loved machines by entering their cockpits and enjoying a pilot's view.

In addition to this, visitors will have exclusive after-hours access to the museum which displays a collection of more than 70 aircraft, military vehicles, engines and aviation artefacts within three wartime hangars and the award-winning National Cold War Exhibition.

The aircraft open on the night will span the museum's entire collection, ranging from research and development aircraft often produced in secrecy and built to test a new theory, to war planes that have seen action in several conflicts.

Research and development aircraft will include the Bristol 188, above left, built mainly of stainless steel and designed to investigate the effects of heat on aircraft structures at very high speeds and the Saunders-Roe SR53 interceptor which used a rocket motor to climb rapidly to high altitudes.

Fans of the modern jet will have the opportunity to sit inside the Harrier GR9, often referred to as the Jump Jet.

This famous family of British-designed military jet aircraft were capable of vertical/short take-off and landing operations and retired from operational service with the RAF only in December 2010.

Much older aircraft will include the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, a German fighter aircraft widely used by the Luftwaffe during World War Two.

The event, which is held twice a year in May and September, has been a complete sell out on the last five occasions.

For further information or to buy tickets online visit www.rafmuseum.org

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