RAF Cosford Air Show could become a two-day event in 2018 officials have revealed as this year’s show was officially launched.

Sunday June 11th 2017 sees the return of the ever so popular Royal Air Force Cosford air show the RAF’s only official air show with this year’s event expect to be another sell-out crowd of almost 60,000.

With RAF Cosford hosting the Royal Air Force’s only official Air Show, it comes as no surprise that all the RAF display teams are scheduled to perform at the show, including the world famous Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the RAF’s Grob Tutor which makes its return to the display circuit this year after a break in 2016 alongside these there will also be displays from the RAF Falcons and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who are celebrating there 60th anniversary this year and are celebrated as one of the show’s four themes and will preform a special display with 4 spitfires and the Lancaster which will only be seen at three locations this year.

Battlefield Support is another of this year’s four themes which will be showcased on the ground with a special mock-up forward operating base showcasing a number of British and International military assets including the Belgian Air Force’s NH90 tactical transport helicopter. Support Helicopters will also be exhibited in this area, with aircraft from the Royal Air Force and Army Air Corps expected alongside NATO partner air arms.

Air Show Operations Manager, Peter Reoch, said, “The new Forward Operating Base display is shaping up really well, and we think it’ll be a must-see attraction for all our visitors on the day. We are still talking with a number of overseas Air Arms who hope to provide helicopters for display in the area alongside those already confirmed such as the NH90.”

RAF Cosford Air Show has strong links with the ‘STEM initiative” which aims to inspire young people to follow careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Helping to promote this initiative this year Cosford have chosen Space as one of their themes for this year’s show with the Royal Air Force having a major role in space defence at RAF Fylingdales it is the perfect theme to showcase to the public at the show with a number of exciting exhibits being displayed on the ground.

As well as the space theme the STEM Hangar will once again be a focal point of the Air Show. Children and adults of all ages will have the chance to discover the diverse options within these career fields and ignite their passion by highlighting STEM opportunities.

Group Captain Mark Hunt, Station Commander RAF Cosford said, “The STEM experience at the Air Show is superbly interactive.  Members of the public can get hands-on experience of state of the art military technologies and learn more about exciting education and career opportunities.”

International co-operation plays a key part on the modern day battlefield at this years show as it will also form one of the themes and will be visualised by a number of participants both in the air and on the ground with the already confirmed Belgium Air Force with there NH90 helicopter and the Swiss Air Force with there PC-7 display team who will be making there debut at Cosford alongside more international participants yet to be confirmed. 

Returning visitors will also notice that two of the most popular ground attractions, the RAF Village and Vintage Village, have both been moved to enable them to be increased in size. At the Air Show this year the Vintage Village will focus on the 1960s, with attractions set to include the RAF Mini Club displaying a number of classic Minis, cockpit sections of 1960s aircraft and Vintage Tea Room.  All of this will be complemented with a variety of static aircraft from the period that will be parked in the Vintage Village, including a rare Cessna O-2 Skymaster.

This year’s show is an ADVANCE TICKET ONLY event with tickets priced at £25.00 and are available online at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk  with admission FREE for all under-16s accompanied by an adult.

RAF Cosford Air Show returns on the 11TH JUNE 2017

 

Current confirmed list of Aircraft 

Royal Air Force
RAF Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team   FLYING
Typhoon FGR4 29(R) Squadron Battlefield Support FLYING
Tutor T1 16(R) Squadron   FLYING
Avro Lancaster Battle of Britain Memorial Flight BBMF 60th Anniversary FLYING
Supermarine Spitfire (x4) Battle of Britain Memorial Flight BBMF 60th Anniversary FLYING
RAF Falcons Airborne Delivery Wing   PARA DROP
Griffin HT1 Defence Helicopter Flying School   STATIC
Squirrel HT1 Defence Helicopter Flying School   STATIC
Tucano T1 72(R) Squadron   STATIC
Jaguar GR3 No 1 School of Technical Training Battlefield Support STATIC
Tornado GR1 No 1 School of Technical Training Battlefield Support STATIC
Harrier GR3 Air Show Office, RAF Cosford Battlefield Support STATIC

 

Royal Navy
Sea Harrier FA2 School of Flight Deck Operations   STATIC

 

Army Air Corps
Coming Soon      

 

IInternational Military
Swiss PC-7 Team Swiss Air Force International Co-Operation FLYING
NH90 TTH Belgian Air Force Battlefield Support STATIC

 

Civilian – Classic Jets
“VAAC” Harrier T4 QinetiQ   STATIC
BAC Strikemaster (X2) NWMAS Ltd Battlefield Support FLYING
Jet Provost T5 Jeff Bell   STATIC
       
Civilian – Warbirds & Vintage
Whirlwind HAR10 Lift West   FLYING
Cessna O-2 Skymaster Postbellum Foundation Battlefield Support STATIC
UH-1 Huey MSS Holdings Ltd Battlefield Support FLYING
OH-6 Loach MSS Holdings Ltd Battlefield Support FLYING
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog Justin Needham Battlefield Support FLYING
Cessna O-1 Bird Dog Phil Winterbottom Battlefield Support STATIC
Helio Courier David Hanss Battlefield Support STATIC
AD-4_Skyraider Kennet Aviation Battlefield Support FLYING
Antonov An-2 “Colt” The An-2 Club Battlefield Support FLYING
Auster AOP6 Kevin Hale Battlefield Support STATIC
Auster AOP9 Peter Gill Battlefield Support STATIC
Hawker Hurricane I Hurricane Heritage   FLYING
SA Bulldog James Lewis   STATIC
Piston Provost YeoPro Group   STATIC
       
Civilian – Other
‘Pitts S2S “Muscle Biplane” Richard Goodwin   FLYING
Breitling Wingwalkers Aerosuperbatics   FLYING
AW189 Bristow Helicopters / HM Coastguard   FLYING
       

 

\RAF Museum
British_Aerospace_EAP RAF Muesum Test Flight Collection   STATIC
Harrier GR9 RAF Muesum Warplanes Collection Battlefield Support STATIC
Hawker Hurricane IIc RAF Muesum Warplanes Collection   STATIC

 

Article By Kurt Fairhurst assisted by Paul Atkin with thanks to the RAF Cosford Air Show Team