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Fly in for half-term at RAF Cosford

By Lisa O'Brien | Staffordshire | Attractions | Published:

The RAF museum in Cosford will be stepping back in time this May half-term with a week of wartime nostalgia and aircraft access.

Visitors will be able to take a closer look inside First World War plane the Sopwith Pup at RAF Cosford

Taking place from this Saturday to June 2, families are invited to take part in a number of flight-themed activities, including donning wartime clothing and getting up close to two First World War aircraft and two Cold War fighter jets.

People can take part in the Spot the Slang trail and test their knowledge of wartime slang used by the military.

There is also an opportunity to get hands on in the Fun ‘n’ Flight interactive zone, packed full of flight-themed fun.

Exclusively for the half term break, families will be given an insight into life as an RAF pilot during the First World War with a rare chance to get a closer look inside the Sopwith Pup and Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter.

As well as getting up close to wartime aircraft, families can try on clothing and uniform from the era.

The free aircraft viewing and uniform experience will take place from May 28 to 31 between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Throughout the half-term holidays the museum is challenging its younger visitors to find all the hidden wartime slang words, concealed in and around the War in the Air hangar.

The First World War brought together service personnel from different countries and backgrounds and slang words were often used to help people describe their experiences.

By following the Spot the Slang trail, youngsters will discover the meanings behind First World War slang terms including Ace, Basket Case and Whizzbang, some of which are still used today.

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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