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Cosford Air Show

The annual Cosford Air Show, took place on Sunday 10 June 2018. This year celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the formation of the Royal Airforce. In recognition The RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 featured a unique mix of aircraft, spanning the 100-year history of the Royal Air Force, including a flying display and a special RAF100 Static Exhibition. There were a huge number of historic Royal Air Force aircraft including the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2WWI courtesy of Aviation Heritage Trust, Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2cBremont courtesy of the Great War Display Team and the Royal Aircraft Factory Great War Display Team, De Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth, de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth, Hawker Fury I.

The Royal Air Force Display Team the Red Arrows, performed a spectacular aerobatic display and The Battle of Britain Memorial flight also performed as did the Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team. Aircraft either on display or flying included the Avro 404, Blackburn B2, Bristol M1c, Hawker Nimrod Miles Magister, Morane-Saulnier Type N (Replica), Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter, SE.5aBremont, Avro Anson C19, Avro Lancaster I, Bristol Blenheim I, Boulton Paul Defiant I, Curtiss P-40F Warhawk, de Havilland DH.87 Hornet Moth, de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide, Douglas C-47 Dakota, Fairchild Argus II, Hawker Hurricane I, Hawker Hurricane IIc, Gloster Gladiator I, North American Harvard IVT6, Mustang P-51, Percival Prentice T1, Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, Supermarine Spitfire II, Supermarine Spitfire Vb! Supermarine Spitfire IX, Supermarine Spitfire PRXI, Supermarine Spitfire PRXI, Supermarine Spitfire XIV, Auster AOP6, BAC Jet Provost T3a, BAC Jet Provost T3, BAC Jet Provost T5, BAC Jet Provost T5, Blackburn Buccaneer S2, Boulton Paul Balliol T2.

Other aircraft appearing at Cosford Air Show included Bristol 171 Sycamore, de Havilland Chipmunk, de Havilland Devon C2, English Electric Lightning F6, F-4K Phantom II, Gloster Meteor F9/40, Hawker Hunter T7, Hawker Siddley Harrier GR, Panavia Tornado F3, Panavia Tornado GR1, Percival Pembroke C1, SEPECAT Jaguar GR1, Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1, Scottish Aviation Jetstream T1, Westland Gazelle HT2, Westland Gazelle HT3, Westland Sea King HAR3, Westland Wessex HC2, Westland Whirlwind HAR10, Aeropro EuroFOX 912, Airbus A400M Atlas, Airbus Helicopters H135 Juno, Airbus Helicopters H145 Jupiter, BAE Systems Harrier GR9, BAE Systems Hawk T1, Boeing Chinook HC6, Eurofighter Typhoon, Grob Tutor T1, Grob Prefect T1, Grob Viking T1, Lockheed Martin F- 35B Lightning II, BAE Eurofighter Typhoon, Panavia Tornado GR4IX(B) Squadron, Panavia Tornado GR4, SEPECAT Jaguar GR3, SEPECAT Jaguar T4, Shorts Tucano T1, Agusta A109, Airbus Helicopters H125QinetiQ, Airbus Helicopters H145 from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Airbus Helicopters NH9 from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, Boeing 757-2K2, Bölkow Bo-105, Dassault Rafale C, F-16AM Fighting Falcon, Leonardo Merlin HM2, McDonnell Douglas KDC-1 tanker, MiG-29 Fulcrum and PZL M28 Bryza.

RAF Cosford is home to a number of RAF, Defence and civilian organisations as well as Several training schools which provide training for Aeronautical Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, physical Training and training in photography for the 3 Armed Services, there are plenty of demonstrations by the Armed Forces and plenty of opportunities to join up.

Many Organisations exhibited including Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering, RAF St Mawgan, Yorkshire Helicopter Presevation Group, Historic Helicopters / LiftWest, RAF FalconsRoyal Air Force Parachute Display Team, RAF100 GBNZ Expedition, 70 Squadron, Defence Helicopter Flying School, Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering, RAF Shawbury, RAF Chinook Display Team / 27 Squadron, RAF Typhoon Display Team / 29 Squadron, BAE Systems, RAF Tutor Display Team, Grob Tutor T1University of Birmingham Air Squadron, 57 Squadron, Grob Prefect T157 Squadron, 1632 VGS

There was a Free Radio Arena which hosted a number of displays and demonstrations including performances from military and marching bands, field gun competitions and a performance by The Band of the Royal Air Force College. The Vintage Village returned featuring many jeeps, kubelwagens, bofors field Guns, Bedford Green Goddess plus many other civilian vehicles from the 1930’s, 1940’s,1950’s. Including the Triumph owners club.Live music was provided by the Age of Uncertainty. There was also an Exhibitors, Craft Fair with products ranging from aviation artists, face painters, craft makers, military exhibitions, car dealerships, charitable organisations, clothing suppliers, model Aircraft and much more ,

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