As near as I can tell England has 30 aviation museums. That’s thirty air museums in an area about the size of the State of Louisiana. It seems that in England, an aviation museum is never far away. Last summer we visited two, the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial and the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. Both museums are located at World War II era RAF bases.
The York and Cosford museums display aircraft from all eras of powered aviation. As a child of the “duck and cover” sixties I have a conflicted fascination with Cold War period aircraft. Both museums have numerous planes from this time. For me aircraft from the Cold War are disturbing and compelling. The airplanes are beautifully streamlined and futuristic. At the same time Cold War aircraft are designed for the most horrible of scenarios, nuclear war.
Of the two museums, our dog Gigi prefers the Yorkshire Air Museum. At the Yorkshire museum Gigi was welcomed inside most buildings. Indeed, the Yorkshire Air Museum was selected the Winalot Top Dog Friendly Museum in UK. At Cosford Gigi could only tour the outside displays. Cosford’s vast green lawn was nice but she was not allowed with us inside the buildings. For the humans in the pack, both of the museums were interesting. Surely we’d find the remaining 28 aviation museums in England fascinating also.