RAF Cosford Airshow
RAF COSFORD AIrshow takes place on Sunday 11th June. This year The B-1B Lancer and B-52H will be performing a flypast, the Royal Air Force Typhoon Display will be performing. The Swiss PC-7 9 ship display team and Royal Air Force Display Team the Red Arrows, will also be performing aerobatic displays. The Battle of Britain Memorial flight will debut a unique flypast to celebrate their 60th Anniversary, involving four BBMF Fighters performing alongside the ever-popular Avro Lancaster specially planned for the RAF Cosford Air Show. The BBMF were Initially formed in 1957 the flight comprised of three Spitfires before growing to become the household name that now consists of six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Lancaster, Dakota and two Chipmunks.
The Italian Air Force will be sending an A-200 Tornado And a C-27J Spartan, a tactical transport aircraft to perform. The world’s only flying de Havilland Sea Vixen will also be making an appearance courtesy of Navy Wings. The Sea Vixen is an iconic British fast jet fighter, with a twin-boom design, that flew from aircraft carriers at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s and 1970s. The aircraft is based at RNAS Yeovilton, and flies in her authentic 899 Squadron colours. A Tucano T1 and Squirrel HT1, helicopter will be on static display. Other highlights include the only airworthy Westland Whirlwind and a mock airfield attack by a pair of BAC Strikemasters.
The Ch-47 Chinook & AH-64 Apache helicopters are also appearing. CH-47 Chinook helicopters are primarily used for trooping, resupply, and battlefield Casualty Evacuation, the aircraft can carry up to 55 troops. despite its size, the Chinook is an extremely agile aircraft and surprisingly maneuverable. The Army Air Corps will also be bringing their impressive WAH-64 Apache to the Air Show, with the Attack Helicopter Display Team set to wow the crowds, with their flying display complimented by stunning ground based pyrotechnics. Puma HC-2 the Royal Airforce newest Support Helicopter. great selection of helicopter including Merlin, Wildcat, Griffin & Squirrel helicopters plus the last airworthy Westland Whirlwind alongside its current counterpart, the AW189 used by HM Coastguard for Search and Rescue Operations.”
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Hangar has been sponsored by the RAF Charitable Trust and is Jam packed full of immersive experiences there’ll be the chance to jump out of a plane, have a go at flying a fast jet or take part in an Air Race. Justine Morton, RAF Charitable Trust Director said ‘We are delighted to be sponsoring the STEM Hangar at the RAF Cosford Air Show, it showcases the diverse range of opportunities available within the fields and encourages all ages to get hands on and take part.’ Other ground displays include the Space Hangar which will be demonstrating the advancement in Space Technology and how the United Kingdom has been at the forefront of the development. The Vintage Village will be a chance for visitors to take a trip back to the 1960s while the Battlefield Support Village will give them a chance to see what a Forward Operating Base looks like.
The RAF COSFORD vintage Village display returns and will showcase the 1960s; one of the most defining eras of the 20th century. The University of Wolverhampton are sponsoring the Vintage Village. Exciting displays including a 1960s hospital ward and a fashion show. This year’s live stage pays tribute to the stars of the 1960s with a great mix of performers. Themed food and drink outlets including Lily’s Secret Vintage Tea Room will help set the atmosphere. There will be a chance to reminisce in the Kids Fun Zone, try a spot of retail therapy with a host of Vintage trade stalls and test your skills at the 1966 World Cup penalty shoot-out! Aircraft enthusiasts can view a static line-up iconic aircraft from the period including an O-2 Skymaster and Jet Provost. Plus a cockpit sections display, with exhibits to include a cockpit from an English Electric Lightning.