For over 40 years following the end of the Second World War a state of tension existed between the powers that formerly had been the former victorious Allies. This uneasy peace, known as the Cold War, lasted for 40 years between the two power blocs of the United States and its NATO Allies and Russia and the Communist bloc.
This extended weekend visits the RAF Museum at Cosford and Newark Air Museum to look at some of the key aircraft of the Cold War. RAF Cosford is home to the National Cold War Exhibition, a unique and comprehensive collection of significant aircraft, including the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant V-bombers, and the English Electric Lightning. Other exhibition halls display further aircraft, engines and missiles which determined air power over the past 100 years. Our visit includes a private behind the scenes guided tour of the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre.
The highlight of the weekend is the RAF Cosford Airshow, which showcases the work of the Royal Air Force. The Red Arrows will be headlining the flying display with their world-famous display of graceful formations and thrilling manoeuvres. Other star performers at the show are bound to include the Eurofighter Typhoon, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Your hosts and guides are aviation experts Dr Robert Owen and David W Lee. Robert Owen is an aviation historian and official historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association. A Trustee of both this Association and the Barnes Wallis Memorial Foundation, he has contributed to numerous publications and television documentaries. After a career with Rolls-Royce, David W Lee joined the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and became the Deputy Director. Acknowledged as an expert in his field, David is a past Chairman of the Transport Trust and served on the National Executive of the British Aircraft Preservation Council. In retirement he continues to undertake work for IWM Duxford.
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