Iconic fighters the highlight of Cosford exhibition

Museum launches Summer of Spitfire at Armed Forces Weekend.

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will launch its Summer of Spitfire season of family activities centred around the most iconic aircraft ever built, at the Armed Forces Weekend celebrations taking place on 29th and 30th June.

This family weekend packed full of nostalgic activities will offer visitors the first opportunity to step inside the new Virtual Reality Zone and experience the thrill of flying in a Spitfire.

This brand-new experience places you in the cockpit and 10,000 feet in the air for a panoramic view of a real Spitfire flight. With the use of VR goggles, fun focussed visitors can enjoy a six-minute flight and see first-hand what it’s like to taxi and take-off in a Spitfire, and of course, no flight would be complete without a circuit of the airfield, including low passes and a loop the loop, before landing and taxiing into the hangar.

The footage developed exclusively for the RAF Museum is the first of several new VR experiences on board real aircraft to become available, with more flights arriving soon. The experience costs just £5 per person and is suitable for visitors ages 13+. Doors to the six new VR stations will open on 29th June and is just one of the many exciting activities taking place across the site over Armed Forces Weekend.

Re-enactors, period settings, engine demonstrations and military and civilian vintage vehicle displays will bring the museum to life with authentic experiences nestled amongst the historical aircraft on display. Exclusively for the Summer months, the museum will display its rare photo reconnaissance Spitfire PR. XIX alongside the world’s oldest Spitfire Mk 1.

The Armed Forces Weekend will run from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June. The museum’s Summer of spitfire programme will conclude on 1st September at the sell-out Spitfire 10K.

For more information visit rafmuseum.org/cosford