About the Large Model Air Show
One notable person with connections to the city of Wolverhampton was Button Gwinnett (1735-1777). He lived there from 1754 until 1762 when he and his wife emigrated to America. Button ended up on the losing end of a duel and was laid to rest in a cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. That is a bad thing. The good thing is that his signature is on the U.S. Declaration of Independence and that signature is now a rare collector's item with only 51 authentic signatures known to exist. Another good thing is that in July, the annual Large Model Air Show is held at the RAF Museum in Cosford, about 10 miles west of Wolverhampton.
Button Gwinnett is long gone and there will not be any valuable signatures to seek out at this weekend event. But there will be a spectacular display of craft and aerial acrobatics at one of the most popular large model aircraft shows in the country. Past shows have drawn over 10,000 people.
Over two days, visitors will be treated to a phenomenal combination of over 200 model aircraft and amazing examples of daredevil flying. Past shows have included stunning large-scale model versions of the Red Arrows flown by international competition-winning father and son-duo Steve and Matthew Bishop as well as a host of model aircraft drawn from the history of aviation. Previous shows have also included Battle of Britain flyovers from actual aircraft like Spitfire, Hurricane, and a Lancaster Bomber.
RAF Museum Cosford
In 1972, Queen Elizabeth officially opened the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon in London that had 36 aircraft in the hangars. Another Ministry of Defence (MOD) Museum, the Cosford Aerospace Museum became a part of the RAF Museum in 1998 joining the London and Stafford museum locations. There are now about 130 aircraft at Cosford that are shown on Battle of Britain Open Days. The RAF Museum’s vision is to “inspire everyone with the RAF story, the people who shape it and its place in our lives”.
Entry To The Event
The gates open at 8.30 a.m. The adult entry fee from the most recent Large Model Air Show was £8.00 in advance and £10.00 if purchased at the gate. Ticket holders will also have access to the RAF Museum that is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The prices may change so contact the museum as the date of the show approaches for updates. Parking is available at a charge of £5.00 per vehicle for up to seven hours.
Somewhere to Stay in Shropshire
Campers and Caravans have several nearby sites to pitch a tent and park an RV for the weekend or longer. Ted's Caravan and Camp Site is a quiet family-friendly campsite and an 8-mile drive to the air show. Another option in the same area is High Onn Caravan and Motorhome Club Site. The nearby town of Telford or Wolverhampton offers many hotels and B&B options.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
People staying near Cosford for a few days will want to see some local attractions in addition to the Large Model Air Show. Miniature Rail enthusiasts can visit the Weston Park Railway and ride on one of the longest 7 1/4" gauge railways in Britain. Fans of football will want to see the Wolves Museum devoted to the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club that is located about 10 miles from Cosford.
Visitors with assistance dogs are welcome. Handicapped parking is available but don’t forget about the parking charge. The airfield terrain is level and grassy and the museum has wide aisles for wheelchairs. The airfield’s wide-open spaces can also be used for a Nerf-Gun duel if you have a spat with another visitor to the Large Model Air Show.
When is the next Large Model Air Show?
The Large Model Air Show is planned to take place at RAF Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP, Saturday 4th July, 2020. This is a Weekend Model Engineering Show.
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