Picture Gallery – images from RAF Cosford

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Bristol Britannia, the workhorse of RAF Transport Command, well-known to servicemen and their families who travelled to and from the Far East.

Ill-fated bomber, the TSR2 was canceled before it could enter service. This is one of only two surviving prototypes.

Ill-fated bomber, the TSR2 was cancelled before it could enter service. This is one of only two surviving prototypes.

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This converted Meteor was used to trial the short-lived “prone pilot” concept, intended to reduce the effects of g-force on fighter pilots.

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Nimrod MR2, the Electronic Surveillance version of this long-lived maritime aircraft, originally converted from the Comet.

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In the background, the Avro York, converted from the Lancaster bomber. Foreground, Handley Page Hastings, famous for helping to re-supply Berlin (mostly with coal) during the Cold War.

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Another view of the Nimrod, clearly showing the flight refuelliing probe, hastily installed in support of operations in the Falkands war.

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Bristol T-188, an experimental aircraft whose fuselage skin was manufactured from stainless steel to study the effects of aerodynamic heating at supersonic speeds.

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Replica of the World War One era Sopwith Pup fighter.