WW1 aircraft moved for Royal Air Force Museum Cosford exhibition

The exhibition opening at Cosford, Shropshire, in December has been funded thanks to a £900,000 lottery grant

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Three World War One aircraft have been taken to a museum in Shropshire ahead of an exhibition about the conflict.

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford said the "iconic" aircraft included the Sopwith Pup - "probably the pilots' favourite" during the war.

It said the Bristol M1c, one of the first British war planes with a single wing, and the Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter, were also taken by road to the museum.

The exhibition, opening in December, had a lottery grant of nearly £900,000.

A Sopwith Pup and Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter were transported on a lorry A Sopwith Pup and Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter were transported on a lorry to Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
'Quite powerful'

The museum's conservation centre manager, Darren Priday, said it had to carry out fabric work on the Sopwith Pup, which was splitting in places.

The Pup was used extensively at home and abroad and had a very good turning circle, the museum said.

The Bristol M1c, one of the first British war planes with a single wing The Bristol M1c was one of the first British war planes with a single wing

Mr Priday added: "It's a light aircraft with a relatively powerful engine for its time, like a Formula One car [now] with a large engine in a glass fibre body, so it's a nice and light body.

"The engine developed 80 horsepower which was quite powerful for the time."

The conservation centre manager said Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutters were probably the largest of the three aircraft and some of them had two seats and others one.

The First World War In The Air exhibition will include pilots' helmets and gloves, letters, digital displays and information boards.

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