Posts Tagged ‘RAF Cosford Air Show’

Unique Tribute Planned for BBMF Anniversary at RAF Cosford Air Show

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

BBMF Spitfire

The RAF Cosford Air Show is set to debut a unique flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Sunday 11th June 2017. This year the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight celebrate their 60th Anniversary, so a special display consisting of four BBMF Fighters performing alongside the ever-popular Avro Lancaster has been specially planned for the RAF Cosford Air Show.

Since its inception 60 years ago, the BBMF, originally known as the Historic Aircraft Flight, and their historic aircraft have been adored by the nation. 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.

Squadron Leader Andrew Millikin, Officer Commanding BBMF, said “I am delighted to be displaying at RAF Cosford on our 60th Anniversary. It will be the first of only 3 venues where we will display the Lancaster with 4 fighters. This will feature a 4 ship tailchase and synchro display. It will be a unique spectacle and one well worth catching.”

As well as the historic aircraft from the BBMF, the flying display will also consist of displays from all the Royal Air Force Display teams, including the Red Arrows and the Typhoon. Other highlights currently confirmed for the flying display include the Swiss PC-7 Display Team, the only airworthy Westland Whirlwind and a mock airfield attack by a pair of BAC Strikemasters.

Tickets to the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 are on sale now and visitors are encouraged to buy their tickets soon with Early-bird tickets currently priced at £22.00 per adult until Monday 27th March. Once again the Air Show is Advanced Ticket only with no tickets being available to purchase on the gate. With parking included and accompanied under 16s entering for free, the RAF Cosford Air Show is great value for money.

www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

RAF Displays Boost Flying Display line-up for Air Show

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Cosford Airshow Logo - Crown Copyright

A number of star attractions have today confirmed their attendance at the RAF Cosford Air Show. These attractions, and others, are set to wow the crowds as part of the flying display on Sunday 11th June.

Annual highlights of the Air Show for many visitors, the RAF Red Arrows display team will once again be demonstrating their world-famous flying skills with their thrilling display. The team, officially titled the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, have recently returned from an epic three-month tour of Asia showing the ‘Best of British’ which included their first ever display flown in the Republic of China. The Red Arrows are the second formation display team to confirm their attendance at the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017, with their counterparts from Switzerland, the Swiss PC-7 Team, announced by the Air Show Organisers last month.

The awesome power and agility of the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon will also be showcased in the flying display. The Typhoon is the Royal Air Force’s primary air defence fighter, with a delta-wing construction and a top speed of over 1500 miles per hour. Other highlights from the Royal Air Force in the air will include a parachute jump from the RAF Falcons, solo display from the RAF Tutor and a unique flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to celebrate their 60th anniversary, exciting details of which will be revealed soon.

Wing Commander Chris Jones, Air Show Chairman, said, “We’re thrilled to be offering such a diverse array of aircraft as part of our six-hour flying display, showcasing the best of the Royal Air Force in the skies above RAF Cosford, the home of RAF engineering. These displays will complement those already announced; including the Strikemaster Pair, Westland Whirlwind, Muscle Biplane and the Hawker Hurricane. This year’s flying display is really shaping up.”

Organisers expect confirmation of which Royal Air Force aircraft will be available for static displays to be announced in the coming weeks, as well as further aircraft from other branches of the UK military and International military aircraft.

Visitors are advised to buy their tickets early to avoid disappointment, as the Air Show is once again Advanced Tickets Only. The RAF Cosford Air Show is a great value for money family day out, with accompanied under-16s entering for free. Early bird tickets are currently priced at £22.00 per adult and can be purchased at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

Swiss Display Team to Wow Crowds at RAF Cosford Air Show

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Swiss PC-7 Display Team

Organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show today revealed the exciting news that the Swiss Air Force would be sending their elite PC-7 Team to perform in the skies over Shropshire on Sunday 11th June.

The Swiss PC-7 Team were formed in 1989 and they are named after their aircraft; the Pilatus PC-7, which is a military training aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. Their display is designed to showcase the skills of the Swiss Air Force pilots, with uniquely choreographed formations flown with precision timing – Swiss-ness at its best!

This will be the first time that the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team have displayed at RAF Cosford, making them a must-see attraction for fans of the aviation event which attracts more than 50,000 spectators to the air base each year. Air Show Operations Manager Peter Reoch said, “We’re extremely pleased to welcome our friends from the Swiss Air Force back to RAF Cosford, and are delighted that their award-winning PC-7 Team will be performing here for the first time. We hope this is the first of many aircraft coming from Europe to participate as part of our ‘International Co-Operation’ theme at the Air Show in 2017.”

The organisers are also expecting confirmation on which Royal Air Force aircraft will be performing in the flying display within the next few weeks. With this in mind, they are reminding visitors that discounted Early-Bird ticket prices are still available until midnight on Monday 27th March and to take advantage of the savings available! The Air Show will, for the third year running, be an Advanced Ticket Only event, with no tickets available for sale at the gates.

www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

Love is in the Air

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Cosford Logo

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner treat your loved ones to a memorable day out at RAF Cosford Air Show on Sunday 11th June 2017. With plenty to see and do on the day you will be spoilt for choice! Why not make the day extra special by purchasing tickets for one of our hospitality chalets or even add a unique twist with a romantic helicopter flight?

Helicopter pleasure flights on the day cost just £39.00 for a 6-mile round trip journey. It’s a great opportunity to get a feel of how extensive the Air Show is and experience first-hand what the display pilots see as they head in to thrill the crowds. The helicopter pilots will point out local landmarks as you enjoy the spectacular views of the local countryside from the sky.

Hospitality packages range from just £60.00 per adult for a centre crowdline enclosure, to £230.00 per adult in an exclusive over-18 chalet from which you can watch the Air Show while being hosted by RAF Officers and enjoy a bucks fizz reception followed by a four course luncheon and an open bar. Air Show Deputy Director, Marilyn Summers, said; “We have hospitality packages to suit every budget. Adding on a helicopter flight to any of our packages would really give your day out at the Air Show an extra special touch.”

The flying display line-up is already beginning to take shape for 2017. Alongside the display offerings from the Royal Air Force, visitors will also be treated to the sight of exciting vintage aircraft such as the Douglas Skyraider which will be performing as part of a special set-piece finale to the six-hour flying display.

Tickets to the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 are on sale now and organisers are encouraging attendees to purchase their tickets soon. The Air Show will, for the third year running, be an Advanced Ticket Only event. Early bird pricing is available until Tuesday 28th March 2017, with adult tickets costing £22.00 and accompanied under 16s entering free.

www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

Air Show Tickets Make Ideal Christmas Presents

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Pitts Muscle Biplane

With Christmas fast approaching, tickets to the RAF Cosford Air Show are now on sale and they make great presents for all your loved ones. With accompanied under-16s entering for free and early bird tickets costing only £22.00, the Air Show is a great value for money day-out for the entire family.

As well as an action packed six-hour flying display there are also a huge variety of things to do and see on the ground at the RAF Cosford Air Show to excite all ages. With six hangars jammed with interactive exhibitions, the 1960s Vintage Village, plenty of military ground displays, vintage vehicles, funfair and over 1km of trade stalls – you might struggle to see it all in one day!

Another reason to buy your tickets soon is that today the Air Show Organisers announced another aircraft which will wow the crowds on Sunday 11th June 2017; dare-devil pilot Rich Goodwin will be flying his unique Muscle Biplane at the Air Show. Rich’s aircraft is based on the world-famous Pitts Special but a special modification programme has given this aircraft enhanced capabilities which means that Rich’s Muscle Biplane can hover like a Harrier, fly the amazing Tower of Power and master high-alpha knife-edge flypasts!

The Muscle Biplane wears a spectacular colour scheme based on the Union Jack; fitting for a man who served in the Royal Air Force as a Tornado GR1 ground attack pilot and flew in combat. Rich said; “As an ex-RAF pilot I’m honoured to be invited back to display the Muscle Biplane and demonstrate my passion for aviation in front of a capacity crowd. I continue to develop the aircraft and at RAF Cosford I will be flying a new enhanced elevator and wing. I also look forward to updating the crowds on the development of the new Anana Jet Pitts which I hope will be ready to display in 2018.”

Those who purchase their Air Show tickets soon will be able to take advantage of the Early-Bird ticket offer, with adult tickets priced at only £22.00. Accompanied under-16s enter the show for free, making the RAF Cosford Air Show a great value for money day-out!

Early-Bird tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 are on sale now, priced at £22.00 and with free entry for accompanied Under-16s. Tickets are available online from www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

Plans for Air Show 2017 Take Off

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Cosford Air Show 2017 flyer

Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 are now on sale! The award-winning Air Show, which will be held on Sunday 11th June 2017, is expected to attract a crowd of 60,000 visitors to the Home of Royal Air Force Engineering.

Accompanied under-16s enter for free, giving families an excellent opportunity to have a fun day out with great entertainment for every generation. Whether it’s children wanting to experience first-hand what it’s like to sit in the cockpit of a fast jet, or a grandparent who wants to reminisce about their childhood while sipping tea in the 1960’s themed Vintage Village, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

For the second year, organisers are offering an incentive to buy your ticket early with early-bird discounted tickets if you buy before Tuesday March 28th 2017. Tickets are once again Advance Purchase only and will not be available to buy on the gate.

The RAF Cosford Air Show 2016 raised £115,000 which will be donated to the RAF Association, RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Charitable Trust, RAF Museum and local charities to further support and encourage those who are involved with the Royal Air Force and the local community.

The primary focus of the RAF Cosford Air Show is to give visitors the opportunity to engage with the Royal Air Force, and to better understandthe work they do, not only in the West Midlands and the United Kingdom, but across the world. Air Show Director, Clive Elliott, said “Opening the gates of RAF Cosford is a fantastic chance for the public to see what goes on behind the scenes on an operational Royal Air Force base. With early-bird discounts the Air Show is also a great value for money day out!”

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Final Preparations Underway For a Spectacular RAF Cosford Air Show

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Cosford Overview by Peter Reoch

RAF Cosford has been a hive of activity this week, as the military base prepares for its annual air show, one of the Midland’s most popular outdoor events.

The RAF Cosford Air Show is set to welcome more than 50,000 visitors on Sunday 19th June, to showcase the work of the Royal Air Force, both with interactive ground displays and thrilling flying displays from a diverse array of aircraft. Many of the show’s ground attractions have already been set up in the airfield’s hangars, and display aircraft are set to arrive later in the week. Carol Vorderman, who will again be flying in to visit the show, said “This is a great day out for all of the family!”

The Air Show team have also recently announced a number of exciting last minute additions to the flying programme, including the rare appearance of a United States Air Force strategic bomber, the Boeing B-52H, which will be performing a number of flypasts. Other aircraft recently confirmed also include a RAF Puma HC2 helicopter and RAF C-130J Hercules which will both be appearing at the show.

Despite this week’s wet weather, organisers are confident that the rain won’t cause them any issues. Clive Elliott, Air Show Director, said; “The airfield has great drainage and the ground is still firm despite this week’s heavy rain. As a precaution we’ve got extra trackway coming into the car parks and around the showground this year, so our visitors shouldn’t face any problems. The weather forecast for the weekend is very good so we expecting to match last year’s sell-out crowds.”

Organisers are also keen to remind people of the event’s advanced ticket only policy, meaning that those who do not have a pre-purchased ticket to the show should not attempt to travel to RAF Cosford on Sunday. Tickets are still available to purchase online at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk or from selected Mid Counties Co-Op stores, the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford and Hendon and the Midlands Air Museum in Coventry. Tickets cost £25.00 per adult with accompanied children under 16 entering free.

Step Back In Time At This Years RAF Cosford Air Show

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Glamaphones RAF Cosford Airshow

Visitors to this year’s RAF Cosford Air Show will have the opportunity to be transported back in time to the 1950s in the University of Wolverhampton Vintage Village.

Following the huge success of last year’s Victory Village, this year’s Village will complement one of the main show themes of speed to showcase life in Britain during the formative years of jet engine design.

Excellent examples of vintage aircraft and vehicles will be on display together with social & military history exhibitions. The University of Wolverhampton (UWR) Race Team will be showcasing its Morgan Plus 4 Babydoll racing car which is based on a 1950s design – showing how engineering has evolved over the past half a century.

Marilyn Summers, Air Show Commercial Manager said “We are really excited to welcome the University of Wolverhampton back both as sponsor of the Vintage Village and as a major exhibitor. The 1950s is credited as the decade when the teenager was invented and this year’s village will give our visitors the chance to learn about the history of the time in a really fun atmosphere.”

Once again the live stage will host an exciting line-up throughout the day. Compered by Colin Bourdiec returning as George Formby and including the return of the fantastic Glamophones. In between live performances a 1950s radio station will be broadcasting popular tunes of the time.
For those looking for a spot of retail therapy there will be a host of vintage trade stalls to browse and a great mix of authentic catering options from Lily’s Vintage Tea Room to a milk shake bar.

With just over two weeks to go until this year’s RAF Cosford Air Show organisers are encouraging the public to buy their tickets soon to avoid disappointment. For the second year running tickets are advanced sale only and will not be available to purchase at the show. For those wishing to give the day that special touch there are a range of hospitality options available for all budgets and ages.

Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show are available to purchase from selected Mid Counties Coops, the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford and Hendon, Midlands Air Museum in Coventry and on our website www.cosfordairshow.co.uk. Tickets cost £25.00 per adult with accompanied children under 16 entering free.

Air Show Set To Be A Fun Filled Family Day Out

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The RAF Cosford Air Show 2016, taking place on Sunday 19th June falls on Father’s Day, making it the perfect opportunity to enjoy a family day out for all generations. From interactive exhibits showcasing the Royal Air Force to an eclectic mix of trade stands, awe inspiring flying displays to the chance to jump inside a cockpit and act like a fast jet pilot there is something to keep both children and adults entertained for hours.

Helping to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation, the Air Cadet Village will inspire the younger generation with their interactive displays and simulators and encourage those thinking of joining the organisation. Incorporated in to the flying display will be historic aircraft associated with the ACO, giving a sense of nostalgia to those who grew up as an Air Cadet.

With just over five weeks to go until this year’s RAF Cosford Air Show organisers are encouraging the public to buy their tickets soon to avoid disappointment. For the second year running tickets are advanced sale only and will not be available to purchase at the show. ‘The Air Show is a fantastic chance for the whole family to enjoy a day out together, taking part in activities across the showground everyone will be entertained’ said Clive Elliott, Air Show Director. For those wishing to give the day that special touch there are a range of hospitality options available for all budgets and ages.

Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show are available to purchase from selected Mid Counties Coops, the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford and Hendon, Midlands Air Museum in Coventry and on our website www.cosfordairshow.co.uk. Tickets are £25.00 per adult with accompanied children under 16 entering free.

Extra Aircraft Confirmed for Air Show

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show today announced a number of exciting additions to the flying displays planned for Sunday 19th June.

The air show will give visitors a rare chance to see two Gloster Meteor aircraft – the first British operational jet fighter – flying together in a formation display. The GlosterMeteors are appearing at the show as part of the show’s main theme celebrating Speed and the evolution of the Jet Engine which marks the 75th anniversary of theGloster E.28/39’s first flight; Britain’s first jet engined aircraft. A unique hangar display will showcase a number of Jet Engines along with the RAF Museum’s Bristol 188 which will be on external static display.

Other additions to the show including the appearance of the Army Air Corps Historic Flight with their Sioux & Scout helicopters flying together, two Nanchang CJ-6 training aircraft which will also perform a pairs display and a Westland Wasp helicopter which will be on static display in the Vintage Village.

Peter Reoch, part of the Air Show Operations Team, said, “The flying display for this year’s show is already shaping up to be another great mix of interesting and rarely seen aircraft, with today’s additions complementing previously announced highlights such as the RAF Red Arrows & RAF Typhoon. We expect to hear from potential overseas participants in the coming months, which will hopefully add further variety to the show.”

Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show are available to purchase from selected Mid Counties Coops, the RAF Museum at RAF Cosford and Hendon, Midlands Air Museum in Coventry and on our website www.cosfordairshow.co.uk. Tickets are £25.00 per adult with accompanied children under 16 entering free.