RAF Museum Cosford 2009

My first visit to the newly-opened Cold War Museum hangar - very impressive, but the aircraft are so closely packed in three dimensions that photography is very difficult indeed. My visit was on 17th May 2009.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy C1 XP411 8442M  
Auster T7 Antarctic WE600 One of two Austers converted for the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1956
Avro 707C WZ744 The 707 was Britain's first delta-winged aircraft - a proof-of-concept for the Vulcan. The sole C model was the only two-seater.
Avro Anson C19 TX214 7817M  
Avro Vulcan B2 XM598 8778M This aircraft bombed Stanley Airport on 1st May 1982.
Bristol 188 XF926 Stainless steel high speed testbed, but high fuel consumption meant that it was never able to prove its potential, and Concorde stuck with aluminium. Highest speed attained was Mach 1.88
Bristol Britannia 312 G-AOVF "XM497" Ex BOAC
CASA 352L (Junkers Ju-52) "G-AFAP" Ex Spanish Air Force T.2B-272. Never a British Airways plane.
De Havilland DH-104 Devon C2 VP952  
De Havilland DH-106 Comet 1XB G-APAS Ex F-BGNZ and XM823 - never a BOAC aircraft.
Douglas C-47B (DC-3) Dakota KN645  
English Electric P1A WG760 The first prototype - world's first supersonic aircraft in level flight - 11th August 1954.
English Electric P1B XG337 Last of the Development Batch of 20 pre-production aircraft. Some sources say they should be called the F1, but they were only employed in the test program.
Fairchild Argus Mk1 FS628 Ex G-AIZE
Fairey Delta FD-2 WG777 Second of the two FD-2 supersonic research aircraft built. The first, and main record-breaker, was converted to the BAC-221, now at Yeovilton.
Gloster Meteor F8 Prone Pilot testbed WK935 Imagine lying on your stomach and looking forwards and all around for hours, while working all the controls - never worked and was never flown solo from the prone cockpit.
Gloster Meteor NF14 WS843  
Hawker Cygnet G-EBMB Sidney Camm's first design for Hawker - very successful in light aeroplane contests in the mid-1920's.
Hawker Hunter T7A XL568 X  
Hawker Siddeley Andover E3A XS639 Flight calibration version
Hawker Siddeley Gnat T1 XR977 A genuine Red Arrows aircraft
Hunting H-126 XN714 Jet flap research aircraft - note the number of jet exhausts everywhere - very complex ducting, but could fly at 32mph.
Hunting Percival P-84 Jet Provost T1 XD674  
Percival P-56 Provost T1 7606M WV562  
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 XX654  
Sepecat Jaguar GR3A ACT XX765 ACT = Active Control Technology: BAe's fly-by-wire development aircraft. Note the leading-edge root extensions.
Short SB-5 WG768 RAE's testbed for Lightning low- speed aerodynamics was fitted with wings swept at different angles, and low or high mounted tailplane, to try to prove that the design of the P1 was wrong - in fact it proved it was spot-on!
Supermarine Spitfire 1A K9942 SD-D Battle of Britain survivor - the world's oldest Spitfire
Vickers Valiant BK1 XD818 This aircraft dropped the UK's first hydrogen bomb near Christmas Island in May 1957.
Vickers Varsity T1 WL679  
Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WS-51) "G-AJOV" BEA livery. Ex WP495