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For the first three months of 2010 visitors to the Newark Air Museum will be able to test their aircraft recognition skills in a free to enter competition, which gives them the chance to win prizes totalling £85 each month.

The competition launches on January 2nd 2010 and it has been devised to help celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the formation of the Observer Corps. This free to enter competition will appeal to both the museum’s traditional visitors and also to the aviation enthusiasts and aero modellers.

Based around the traditional recognition models used by the Observer Corps for training; a montage of 39 ‘black models’ has been displayed around the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) dioramas in Hangar 1. Throughout January, February and March 2010, visitors can try to identify the models.

Each month £85 worth of vouchers to spend in the Museum Shop will be awarded to the three competition winners, at the following levels: 1st prize £50; 2nd Prize £25; 3rd prize £10.

Full details, including the competition rules have been posted on the museum website over the Christmas holiday.

January's winners

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1. Newark Air Museum has strong connections to the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) with some of the founding members of the museum being ROC members stationed at Post 15 Foxtrot 2 at Claypole, Lincs during the early 1960s

2. Shortly after the ROC was stood down in September 1991 two special dioramas were constructed in the entrance area to Display Hangar 1 at the museum’s Winthorpe Showground site. These displays depict a typical ROC Post and part of a typical ROC Area Control Room to illustrate the Corps' role in the ‘nuclear reporting era’. The displays contain many rare ROC artefacts and the display was officially opened on 18th July 1993.

Taken from an email from the Secretary & Museum Trustee of Newark Air Museum.  newarkair@onetel.com


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