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From 17-18th May, the RAF Museum Cosford will be hosting one of the largest ever exhibitions of original puppets and memorabilia  from the iconic shows of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. The event will feature a wide range of original puppets of iconic characters, including Lady Penelope, Joe 90, Steve Zodiac, Captain Scarlet, Father Unwin and many more.

Many of the puppets are newly discovered and restored and are on public display for the first time, including:

  • the ‘smiler’ Joe 90
  • Rhapsody Angel
  • Fraser from the Captain Scarlet episode Crater 101

There will also be a stunning display of models, costumes, vehicles and sets from Space 1999 and UFO, courtesy of the All Sections Alpha exhibition team. Their largest display ever will include newly discovered original models from UFO,. There will also be a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the original Eagle One and Eagle Two 44″ studio models, amongst many others.

The exhibition will be taking place in the National Cold War Exhibition against a backdrop of aircraft which inspired the look and design of many of Gerry Anderson shows.

The event runs from 10.00AM to 16.30PM, with free admission to the exhibition.

Guest talks

There is also the chance to buy tickets for exclusive guest talks at the Museum. Taking place in the bunker style Lecture Theatre, visitors will be treated to an audience with creators, producers, model makers, puppeteers and voice artists, including:

  • Sylvia Anderson; co-creator, producer and the voice of Lady Penelope
  • Brian Johnson; special effects Thunderbirds and Space 1999, 2001, Oscar winner for The Empire Strikes Back
  • Alan Perry; director Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, UFO
  • Alan Shubrook; model maker Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO.  Alan will be providing an exclusive presentation of his own collection of backstage photos from his days working on the shows
  • Tony Day; model maker Thunderbird 6 and Doppleganger. (provisional)
  • Mary Turner; puppeteer, puppet designer, Supercar through to Secret Service.  Mary sculpted characters such as Steve Zodiac, Troy Tempest, Captain Scarlet and Lady Penelope
  • Judith Shutt; puppet operator Stingray through to Secret Service

* Alan will be providing an exclusive presentation of his own collection of backstage photos from his days working on the shows Tony Day; model maker Thunderbird 6 and Doppleganger.

One day tickets cost £25.00, weekend tickets cost £40.00 and are available to buy online.

The tickets include entry to guest seminars and Free car parking.

3,000 attend Cosford Flights of Fantasy

RAF Cosford Flights of Fantasy

Photo credit: Dalek Sram

Nearly 3,000 people descended on Cosford Flights of Fantasy over the weekend of 24th – 25th November to see an incredible exhibition of Gerry Anderson puppets and memorabilia at the .

Among the many highlights of an amazing model and props display at RAF Museum Cosford were vehicles and sets from Space:1999 and the original Captain Black and Steve Zodiac puppets.

Matt Zimmerman, David Graham and Shane Rimmer were also in attendance, and were interviewed in the Museum’s atmospheric underground theatre by Chris Bentley about their time on Thunderbirds and other aspects of their careers. The trio – fans’ favourites from many past conventions – provided great comic entertainment, showing they have lost none of their ability to perform before an audience.

Effects guru Brian Johnson also appeared as a surprise guest. Brian, who became famous for his work on Thunderbirds and as Head of Special Effects on Space 1999, also spoke about his involvement in two very different cult science fiction films, The Day the Earth Caught Fire and 2001 – A Space Odyssey.

Fanderson ran a sales table over both days of the event, selling new memberships and exclusive merchandise to existing members. Thank you to everyone who came to say hello!

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