Cosford Air Show (part 2)
Sunday 9th June 2019
The show, to be held on Sunday 9th June, is on course to be another sell-out event with 50,000 visitors heading to Shropshire for the Royal Air Force’s only Air Show. General admission tickets sales are up on this point last year, with organisers recommending those planning to attend buy theirs soon to avoid disappointment. And with accompanied under-16s entering the show for free, it’s a great event for the family. The Squadron Reunion Enclosure – introduced for the first time in 2018 – has also been attracting repeat visitors to enjoy this unique opportunity to enjoy the day alongside other Royal Air Force veterans.
As well as all of the Royal Air Force’s display teams in attendance, the six-hour flying display will also aircraft from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Air Show Operations Manager, Mr Peter Reoch, also expects more countries to bring aircraft, to be confirmed as the show gets closer, “Our theme celebrating 70 years of NATO is attracting rare aircraft from across Europe to RAF Cosford for this year’s event, with something for everyone to enjoy. This includes the Royal Danish Air Force’s ‘Baby Blue’ display team who have not performed in the UK for a number of years.”
Fans of fast jets are well catered for with the Czech Gripen, Swiss Hornet & RAF Typhoon. A great assortment of civilian operated aircraft will also be on show at the event, including a display debut from Chief Tech Phil Burgess flying his unique DR107 “One Design” unlimited aerobatic aircraft. This year’s RAF Cosford Air Show will also host a small celebration to mark 65 years since the first flight of the Jet Provost. In the air there will be a unique formation flying display and a number aircraft will be arranged chronologically on the ground – from the Piston Provost through to Strikemaster – to show the aircraft’s evolution.
Other ground attractions include the highly acclaimed Vintage Village, where visitors will be transported back to WWII and immersed in an environment with classic music, period re-enactors and vintage aircraft such as an Avro Anson, De Havilland Tiger Moths & Hawker Hurricane. Hangars will also be opened and RAF trainees on hand to showcase the Home of RAF Engineering.
Air Show Chairman, Wing Commander Jamie Thompson, said, “The RAF Cosford Air Show is a unique engagement opportunity for the Royal Air Force, but more importantly is an amazing family day out for our visitors. With so much to see and do on the ground, the flying display is almost an added bonus!” Profits from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to RAF Charities, with over £1,000,000 raised in the last 6 years.