TSR2 and Ger­man bomber open for in­spec­tion

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By GAVIN JONES

AIR­CRAFT fans will have the rare op­por­tu­nity to sit in­side the cock­pit of the Cold War­era TSR2 and get a close look in­side the Sec­ond World War Junkers Ju88 at RAF Mu­seum Cos­ford this week­end.

This is the fi­nal event in the ‘100 Cock­pits and Cabs’ se­ries, tak­ing place on Fri­day 7 De­cem­ber, be­tween 6 and 9pm.

The event has cel­e­brated the RAF cen­te­nary through­out 2018 at both its Cos­ford and Lon­don sites and has given ticket hold­ers ex­clu­sive ac­cess to a hun­dred air­craft and ve­hi­cles, span­ning the ser­vice’s en­tire ca­reer.

From the Test Flight col­lec­tion and for the first time ever, vis­i­tors can en­joy on-board ac­cess to the Bri­tish Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion TSR2, the only com­plete air­frame re­main­ing and one of only two ex­am­ples in the world. Although never de­vel­oped beyond the pro­to­type stage, the TSR2 was one of the most ex­cit­ing and con­tro­ver­sial Bri­tish com­bat air­craft de­signs of the 1960s.

The event also ex­tends to in­clude a se­lec­tion of the mu­seum’s War in the Air air­craft and ve­hi­cles and for the first time ever the Junkers JU88R-1 will be open for close view­ing. The Ju88 was the most ver­sa­tile Ger­man com­bat air­craft of the Sec­ond World War, be­gin­ning life as a bomber, be­fore be­com­ing a night fighter and in­truder; un­der­tak­ing anti-ship­ping op­er­a­tions and long-range re­con­nais­sance mis­sions.

The air­craft was rea­son­ably ma­noeu­vrable for its size, and could take a great deal of pun­ish­ment, how­ever its lack of ar­moured pro­tec­tion and in­suf­fi­cient de­fen­sive ar­ma­ment meant that it was rel­a­tively easy prey for Bri­tish fight­ers. At the time of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain the Ju88 was at the be­gin­ning of its ser­vice ca­reer and its re­mark­able adapt­abil­ity, par­tic­u­larly as a night fighter, had still to be exploited by the Luft­waffe.

Also open on the night will be fel­low Ger­man fighter the Focke Wulf FW190A-8/R6, the Hawker Hur­ri­cane IIC (close view only), Sop­with Pup (close view only), Boul­ton Paul De­fi­ant Mk1 (close view only), Cross­ley Ptn 1940 and the Hawker Sid­de­ley Har­rier GR3.

A to­tal of 300 tick­ets are avail­able for the event and avi­a­tion fans will have up to three hours to en­joy the ex­clu­sive af­ter-hours ac­cess from 6pm9pm.

The mu­seum will close at 4pm, how­ever the Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and Re­fuel Restau­rant will re­main open for ticket hold­ers, be­fore doors to the air­craft and ve­hi­cles open at 6pm. Vis­i­tors can also en­joy perus­ing the Mu­seum Shop from 4.30pm and take ad­van­tage of their 10% off dis­count voucher.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www.raf­mu­seum.org/cos­ford and cost £13.50 per per­son which in­cludes park­ing.

The ex­per­i­men­tal Bri­tish jet, the TSR2

Ger­man World War II bomber, the Junkers 88

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