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The Handley Page HP.52 Hampden was a British twin-engine medium bomber of the Royal Air Force serving in the Second World War. With the Whitley and Wellington, the Hampden bore the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and the first 1,000-plane raid on Cologne. The newest of the three medium bombers, the Hampden, known as the "Flying Suitcase" because of its cramped crew conditions,[1] was still unsuited to the modern air war and, after operating mainly at night, it was retired from Bomber Command service in late 1942.

Student helps restore Handley Page Hampden

A young student from London is nearing the end of a week’s work experience placement at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, working on her Great Grandfather’s aircraft.  Beth Halbard, aged 16 has spent the last few days working alongside the museum’s Technicians and Apprentices, helping to restore the wing box section with seat from the Handley Page Hampden P1344. [Read More…]

by June 24, 2016 0 comments Aviation Museum News, RAF Museum
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Britain’s Tactical Air Power During the Second World War

The history of Britain’s tactical air power development during the Second World War has largely neglected the work done by Army Co-operation Command.  The Command was influential in developing the theoretical air support system used in the Western Desert, North Africa, and Europe and was responsible for trials conducted in the wake of the Battle of France, 1940.  Working closely[Read More…]

Nimrod Tours Ready for Take-off

Nimrod Tours Ready for Take-off

PRESS RELEASE – As May half term fast approaches, organisers at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford are gearing up for a busy week of family tours on-board one of the RAF’s most sophisticated aircraft.  From Saturday 28 May until Sunday 5 June, families can step inside the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R.1 XV249 and learn about its intelligence gathering role[Read More…]

All images used by kind permission of Lady Cobham.

‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator’ Exhibition Now on Display

A brand new exhibition dedicated to a civil aviation giant is now on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. The exhibition entitled ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator’ focuses on one of Britain’s forgotten heroes, Sir Alan Cobham, a true aviation pioneer, both in the air and on the ground. The display was[Read More…]

by March 24, 2016 1 comment Aviation Museum News, RAF Museum
Author Tom Palmer takes to the skies at the RAF Museum

Author Tom Palmer takes to the skies at the RAF Museum

On 16 April 2016, acclaimed author Tom Palmer will be reading from and talking about his new book – the first in a new series; WINGS – next to the Sopwith Camel at the RAF Museum London in a series of short events at 1pm, 2pm and 4pm.  Date: Saturday 16th April Time: 1pm; 2pm & 4pm Location: RAF Museum[Read More…]