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Historic RAF aircraft to fly into Cosford on Friday 11th February.

Historic RAF aircraft to fly into Cosford on Friday 11th February. The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be taking delivery of its latest acquisition, an RAF Dominie T.MK.1, on Friday 11th February 2011 at 11.30am, when it makes its final flight into RAF Cosford. This particular aircraft is significant because it was the first Dominie to enter RAF Service.

The Dominie T.MK.1 was built as a navigation training aircraft and has been in RAF service since 1965.  On arrival at RAF Cosford, the aircraft will undergo a short period of preparation and defueling before going on permanent display as part of the Museum’s extensive collection.

Al McLean, Curator at the RAF Museum Cosford says:
“We are very pleased to be receiving a Dominie.  It is at present the longest serving aircraft in the RAF, having been in continuous use for more than 45 years.  However, its timeless design means it looks far more modern and it will be an excellent addition to the Museum aircraft collection. ”

A total of twenty Dominies were built in the 1960’s to replace the Meteor NF (T) 14 and initially flew in a silver/day-glow colour scheme which later changed to the red, white and grey scheme and finally to today’s black, grey and white.  They were used to train Navigators, Air Engineers and Air Loadmasters in systems management, air leadership, decision making and teamwork and could reach speeds over 320MPH.  The retirement date for the Dominie was brought forward by two years due to cancellation of the Nimrod and the planned reduction of the Tornado fleet.

This is the first of a number of new aircraft expected at the RAF Museum Cosford this year.  The RAF Museum Cosford is home to over 70 aircraft and the award winning National Cold War Exhibition.  The Museum is open daily from 10am, admission is FREE.  For more information on the Museum please call 01902 376200 or visit

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