Midlands Air Museum

Just before coronavirus in the UK caused a nationwide lockdown, I had a weekend of aviation photography in the Midlands. After an evening photographing the wonderful exhibits at RAF Cosford, I decided to pay the Midlands Air Museum a visit. One thing I love about the aviation community is that no matter who you are, how old you are or where you are from, everybody is willing to talk and share knowledge. I had never heard of the museum until someone suggested it while I was having a coffee in the café before the night shoot. It turned out I was staying just five minutes down the road, so on Monday 16th March I went to the Midlands Air Museum. This happened to be the day the UK Government told us all to work from home.

A genuine MiG-killer, this F-4 served with the 123rd Fighter Interceptor Squadron and the 142nd FIG (Oregon ANG). Seeing action over Vietnam, that was where a MiG-21 of the NVNAF met her, and didn’t go home to tell the tale! After ANG service she was retired to BDR duties in the UK and was finally loaned to the Midland Air Museum by the USAF Museum. Repainted from her ANG colours back into a South-East Asia camo scheme.
This Tornado FGR4 was the first to be preserved after active service, it’s in immaculate condition and has been well looked after by the team at the Midlands Air Museum.
Harrier ZE694, which first flew in 1988, operated from the UK’s aircraft carriers for two decades before they were decommissioned. They are soon to be replaced by the F35B aboard the Queen Elizabeth class carriers. I’m very excited to see those, having been on board the HMS Prince of Wales.