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Spitfire flypast at RAF Cosford

Spitfire will flypast RAF Cosford today and tomorrow Credit: PA Pictures

Visitors to the RAF Museum in Cosford will be treated to a spitfire flypast as part of the events to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain.

Spitfire's won immortal fame during the summer months of 1940 by helping to defeat the German air attacks during the Battle of Britain.

The unmistakable Spitfire sound and silhouette will be filling the skies over Shropshire at 4pm today and 11.25am tomrorow as it flies over the Museum.

Visitors can also view the world's oldest Spitfire displayed next to a Hurricane in the Museum's 'War in the Air' hangar at Cosford.

They'll also be music from a 1940's Home Front Cabaret and children will be able to experience life in 1940's classroom - air raid sirens and all.


Spectacular flying displays at RAF Cosford Air Show

Thousands of people enjoyed great weather and spectacular flying displays at the RAF Cosford Air Show in Shropshire today.

Among the aircrafts taking part in the five and a half hour aerial display were vintage planes from World War One.

Other aircrafts gracing the skies included the iconic Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

RAF veterans share war stories with children's author

A Midland children's author will meet real Second World War RAF veterans as he prepares to release his debut book, based on the Battle of Britain.

Graham Jones will be at the air base in Cosford today, where he will discuss his story with five pilots - all in their 90s and who served in the war - including Battle of Britain survivor Ken Wilkinson.

The five veterans will discuss their war stories with Midlands-based children's author Graham Jones Credit: David Jones/PA

Mr Jones' first book, called Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Britain, is aimed at encouraging young children to learn about the historic battle.

Mr Wilkinson will also be signing a copy of the book to be auctioned off for a charity chosen by the Air Crew Association.


Blood bike service to launch at RAF Cosford

A new blood bikes service will be officially launched today at RAF Cosford. Credit: Royal Air Force Museum Cosford

A new blood bikes service will be officially launched today at RAF Cosford.

The Shropshire and Staffordshire charity has more than 100 volunteer riders and two specially equipped motorbikes.

They will deliver blood and medical items to support the NHS, saving up to £300 each time.

Four-time World-Superbike Champion Carl Fogerty will also be there to give his support.

Iconic Spitfire expected to fly over RAF Cosford

The second day of Battle of Britain commemoration at RAF Cosford could see a fly-past by one of the most iconic planes in history.

The Spitfire is expected to fly over the air force base as part of their remembrance event for the Battle of Britain.

The iconic Spitfire is due to fly past today Credit: Jamie Duff/Press Association Images

However, organisers say the weather may affect the appearance of the aircraft, which is due to fly over Cosford at 2.25pm.

A Lancaster Bomber flew over the base yesterday, as the first part of the two-day family event.

Lancaster Bomber to commemorate Battle of Britain

A Lancaster bomber will fly past RAF Cosford today to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

It will be part of a weekend of events at the base to remember what could be considered the most important event in Royal Air Force history.

A Lancaster bomber will fly past RAF Cosford Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Other activities include engine demonstrations, operations room reconstructions and a ‘dig-for-victory’ garden.

The Battle of Britain was a crucial event in the First World War, where the RAF managed to overcome the German Luftwaffe in a series of airborne battles and help keep the country from invasion.

Conservation underway at RAF Cosford on salvaged German bomber

Work has begun to conserve a Second World War German aircraft which has been lifted from the seabed off the coast of Kent.

The wreckage of the world's last surviving Dornier Do-17 medium bomber was salvaged from the English Channel after 73 years.

It is now at the RAF Museum Cosford. The remaining parts have been moved into two hydration tunnels where they will be sprayed with a mixture of water and citric acid to remove a build up of material from the sea. The process could take more than a year.

Keith Wilkinson reports.

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