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Cosford Ju 88 progress - and news on the next Open Cockpits Evening

The RAF Museum Cosford is making good progress on its re-assembly of Junkers Ju 88R-1 D5 + EV. The attraction has also announced that two other German World War Two aircraft will be among the star attractions at its next Open Cockpits Evening on May 19-20.


The RAF Museum's Junkers Ju 88R-1 at Cosford on March 28. KEY-STEVE BEEBEE

Having recently arrived at Cosford from its longtime home at RAF Museum Hendon, Junkers Ju 88R-1 D5+EV is now substantially complete and on public display. It is an imposing and striking presence between the museum's Messerschmitt Me 410 and Focke-Wulf 190A-8. Also visible in the hangar is Gloster Gladiator K8042 and Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 'Black 6', also previously at Hendon.

'Black 6' and the Focke-Wulf will be among the aircraft open for closer-than-usual scrutiny at the Open Cockpits Evening on May 19-20 (note the Ju 88 will not be part of the evening, though it will of course be visible). With just 300 tickets available per evening, organisers are anticipating the event will be hugely popular with aviation fans eager to get a look inside two former Luftwaffe aircraft. In addition, a wide range of transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes from each of the display hangars and within the grounds will be open on the night for close viewing. These include the BAC TSR 2, BAe Harrier GR9A, General Dynamics F-111F-CF and the Lockheed Hercules C130K Mk3 to name but a few.

Ticket holders will have exclusive after-hours access to the Museum from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets cost £12.50 per person, and include parking. They can be purchased via the museum's website:

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