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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published March 7th 2013
Bit bigger than an aeroplane
Aircrafts, big ones you can touch and admire up close: war planes, some of which are suspended so you can see how they looked in flight, and an active aircraft ground next door…yep, the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford has got it all going on.

If you're a fan of British history, or wondering where to take the kids on a restless weekend, plan a trip to the RAF Museum. It's free admission, the whole family can enjoy a day out, and it's a learning experience for parents too.

There's plenty to grab your attention like the missile and engine collections, so you can see for yourself what powered Britain through the war.

It's not just aircraft that's available to see, however; Russian dolls, iconic cars are on show, but if you're really struggling to get to grips with the British RAF there are 'visual hotspots' that show how planes in action and provide further detail about the Cold War.
Interested in the more historic side? The RAF Museum provide access to the world's oldest aircraft's complete with a description of Cosford's involvement with the war, and German rocketry.

Kids can also get involved at the museum; there's interactive flight simulator rides and a 4D experience available (you have to try it to believe it).

If your son or daughter are interested in planes, the museum also offers Airfix Birthday Parties where your child can enjoy a day of activity trails and return home with a free Airfix model kit.

School and college classes are welcome too. Visiting on a week day might be busier than you expect, so don't be surprised to be little ones in uniforms, or college students (like we did), agog at the huge aircraft on site.

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Why? Because planes are cool
When: Between 10am-5pm
Phone: 01902 376 200
Where: Cosford
Cost: FREE
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