Aircraft Rolled Out For Photography Night Shoot at RAF Museum Cosford

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A selection of historic aircraft will be rolled out of their hangars this November for a nighttime photography opportunity at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire, England. The Photography Night Shoot, where the aircraft are the inspiration for the images will be sure to please all photographers, whether you are an amateur with a camera or an experienced professional. The after-hours event is suitable for anyone looking to advance their skills and enjoy exclusive access to the Museum’s aircraft. Taking place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November, 150 places are available per evening and tickets are selling fast!  The Photography Night Shoot event offers attendees the opportunity to capture stand-alone photos of the aircraft, outside of the hangars and beautifully lit against a night sky backdrop.  

Some of the participating aircraft types will come from the museum’s Test Flight Hangar, and include the British Aerospace EAP (Experimental Aircraft Programme) technology demonstrator, the SEPECAT Jaguar ACT Demonstrator, and the Saunders-Roe SR.53 jet/rocket interceptor prototype. Once outside, LED lighting will illuminate the airframes, creating spectacular, unobstructed photographic opportunities. The museum’s Vickers VC10 C.1 and Hawker Siddeley Dominie T.Mk.1 displayed within the Cosford campus grounds will also be lit up for the event.


Talking about the event, RAF Museum Cosford Public Events Manager, Ulrike Stuebner said: “We’re really looking forward to showcasing the aircraft in a completely different light and seeing the incredible images people capture. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to enjoy the Night Shoot event, it’s suitable for all abilities and we have experts on hand to offer advice if needed.”

The Museum has teamed up with Threshold Aero, specialists in aviation night shoot photography, to deliver the event which commences at 5:00 pm on both evenings. Photographers can snap away, taking photos of each aircraft after dark, up until 9:00 pm when the event closes.  Tickets cost £40 per person (over 16s only). 

If you’re still getting to grips with using a camera, book your place on the Beginners Workshop and brush up on your skills in this two-hour afternoon course prior to the Night Shoot on Saturday. Ideal for individuals who are new to photography, you can enjoy the Beginners Workshop and Night Shoot for just £65 per person. Delivered by Lee Chapman of Chappers Photography, an experienced aviation photographer and fully qualified lecturer in adult education, participants will learn some useful tips in a 1-hour seminar, before putting their newfound skills to the test in a guided walk around the specially-lit exhibits. The instructor will be on hand throughout the evening to ensure that you refine your photography skills and leave with a set of images you can be proud of.

The Airfield Kitchen in the Visitor Centre will be open throughout the evening serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments.  Fish and Chips and Cheese and Onion Pie are also on the menu, pre-order your dinner when purchasing tickets, and receive a complimentary hot drink! Tickets to the Photography Night Shoot event are now available to purchase in advance via the Museum website and cost £40 per person (including onsite parking), or £65 per person with the addition of the Beginners Workshop.  Ticket holders must be aged 16 years and over.  Visit for more details.



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