Thursday 11th July, 2013 at Brewood.
Only about 15 minutes from Brewood is the RAF Museum at Cosford, so today we decided to go and visit it. We had organised a taxi to pick us up at the Bridge Inn, just a few hundred yards from where MM is moored. The Museum is free, and we did not quite know what to expect. We were completely overwhelmed by the reality! It was as good, if not better, than RAF Hendon.
There are a number of aircraft parked outside, there is a reception building including a restaurant (called "Refuel"!), three large hangars and a huge purpose built exhibition hall.
After a cup of coffee in "Refuel", we went into the first hangar, which contains an incredible collection of research aeroplanes built by the British when the British Aviation industry lead the world. They included one of two surviving TSR2s, rescued and hidden from the Government when all the aircraft and jigs were destroyed in 1965.
Then we went into Hangar 1, which houses transport and training aircraft as well as a collection of engines from small piston engines right through to a huge RB211 jet used to power jet airliners. Also in this hangar is the James May Spitfire, that was built for his television program as a full scale plastic kit. The pilot is even modelled on May himself!
Today: MM stayed moored in the sunshine.