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RAF Museum to open Valiant cockpit


The third of four ‘100 Cockpits and Cabs’ events taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford this year will be held on Saturday 15 September. Up to 600 people will have the opportunity to get a closer look inside more aircraft and vehicles from the museum’s collection, including the world’s sole complete Vickers Valiant, during an afternoon and evening session.

The RAF Museum has selected 100 aircraft from its collections at Hendon and Cosford to open up in this RAF centenary year, spanning the service’s entire career. The September event at Cosford will be themed around aircraft and vehicles from the National Cold War Exhibition and the transport and training collection in Hangar 1.

From the Cold War collection, aircraft open on the night include not just the Valiant, but also the Shorts Belfast, the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer and the Mikoyan MiG-21PF (in the case of the latter, a close-up view will be available only). In Hangar 1, meanwhile, the Westland Wessex HC2 will be open for the first time, along with the de Havilland Devon C2, Hawker Siddeley Andover E3A and Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.

A total of 600 tickets are available for the event on Saturday 15 September and visitors will have up to three hours to enjoy the access. The afternoon session will run from 13.00-16.00hrs, followed by an evening session from 18.00-21.00hrs. The museum will close at 17.00hrs, but the visitor centre and Refuel restaurant will remain open for ticket-holders before doors to the aircraft and vehicles open at 18.00hrs.

Tickets are now available to purchase through the museum’s website,, and cost £13.50 per person which includes parking (minimum height restrictions apply). The final ‘100 Cockpits and Cabs’ event at Cosford will take place on Friday 7 December; details on this and the events taking place at the RAF Museum London are also available online.

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