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RAF Cosford Museum welcomes iconic First World War aircraft

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

  • Bristol M1c, the Sopwith Pup and the Sopwith 1½ Strutter

  • Sopwith Pup (618x412)

  • Conservation centre manager DarrenPriday unloading an aircraft wing

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THREE iconic First World War aircraft, which will form the centre of a new First World War Exhibition, have arrived at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. 

The Bristol M1c, the Sopwith 1½ Strutter and the Sopwith Pup are due to go on display within the Museum’s War Planes Hangar in December.

“These three iconic aircraft will provide a dramatic focus for our upcoming First World War exhibition. The Museum at Cosford looks forward to sharing them with its visitors and marking the historic anniversary,” said Alex Medurst, RAF Museum Cosford general manager.

The Sopwith Pup is an original aircraft which was active during the First World War. The Pup, thought of by its pilots as the perfect flying machine, was used extensively by the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps both at home and abroad. The Bristol M1c and Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter are full scale reproductions.

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The aircraft were transported from the RAF Museum London, along the motorway network by two low loader lorries this week. The Sopwith Pup will undergo some minor fabric repair work to the tail before going on public display later this year.

The three aircraft are to be exhibited as part of the Museum’s First World War Exhibition, opening in December, which will allow museum audiences to discover and explore the unique and often overlooked role of air power during the First World War through the incredible stories of the men and women who took part. The exhibition ‘First World War In The Air’, was made possible with a grant of  nearly £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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