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RAF Cosford Airshow 2018

RAF Cosford History
RAF Cosford opened in 1938 as a joint aircraft maintenance, storage and technical training unit and has remained mainly a training unit to this day. The Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service hospital was established at RAF Cosford from 1977 until 1980. The extensive sports facilities at Cosford, located around a banked indoor running track, became well known nationally through televised annual indoor championships that featured top athletes from all over the world.

Today Cosford is home to No. 1 School of Technical Training, No. 1 Radio School RAF, the Defence School of Photography and the RAF School of Physical Training. Flying units include the University of Birmingham Air Squadron, No 8 Air Experience Flight and No 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. The Wales and West regional headquarters and West Mercian Wing headquarters of the Air Training Corps are situated there, along with No 2497 (Cosford) Squadron of the ATC. There are many Sepecat Jaguar aircraft at RAF Cosford which are used for ground instructional use.

RAF Cosford is also home to the RAF Cosford Museum which is a branch of the Royal Air Force Museum. Amongst the large collection of military aircraft is a unique collection of research and development aircraft, including one of two existing examples of the TSR2. The collection also includes early missiles and rocketry. In February 2007, the Princess Royal opened the new National Cold War Exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford which includes Britain's three V-bombers: Vulcan, Victor and Valiant and many other aircraft from the cold war period.

RAF Cosford Airshow 2018
RAF Cosford Airshow 2018

RAF Cosford holds a popular airshow every year in June, which is held traditionally on the second Sunday of the month. The show usually has attendance figures of over 50,000.

RAF Cosford is the only Royal Air Force airshow now that RAF Leuchars has become an Army base, and RAF Waddington has cancelled their airshow.

As this airshow venue has a short runway of 3,891 ft then many of the aircraft have to use the runways at nearby RAF Shawbury.

In recent years the static aircraft display have included some of the rare museum aircraft which are placed outside.

Cosford 2018 Airshow:

10 June - RAF Cosford Airshow 2018

RAF Cosford Airshow 2018:

The themes for 2018 include the Royal Air Force's centenary - RAF100.

One of the most exciting attractions planned for the Air Show is a showcase of 100 aircraft in a chronological exhibition showcasing the development of aeronautical design and capability over the past century. Many of the RAF Museum aircraft will be taken out from their hangars to join the special RAF100 exhibition on the airfield.

10 June - RAF Cosford Airshow 2018

Participating aircraft:
(F)=Flying Display, (S)=Static Display

Policing the Empire
Morane-Saulnier Type N - Ridley's Aeroplane Co. (S)
Avro 504 - Great War Display Team (F)
RAF Be.2c - Great War Display Team (F)
Sopwith Triplane - Great War Display Team (S)
RAF SE.5a - Great War Display Team (S)
RAF SE.5a - Great War Display Team (F)
Bristol M1c - RAF Museum (S)
Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter - RAF Museum (S)

World at War
Bristol Blenheim I - ARC (F)
Boulton Paul Defiant I - RAF Museum (S)
de Havilland DH.87 Hornet Moth (S)
Douglas C-47 Dakota - Aces High (S)
Gloster Gladiator I - RAF Museum (S)
Spitfire PR.XI - Hangar 11 (F)
Sharkmouth Mustang - NFS (S)

Age of Uncertainty
BAC Jet Provost T3a - Private (S)
BAC Jet Provost T5 - Jet Aerobatics (F)
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B - GJD Services (S)
Bristol 171 Sycamore - Flying Bulls (F)
de Havilland Chipmunk - Private (S)
de Havilland Chipmunk - Private (F)
de Havilland Devon C2 - RAF Museum (S)
English Electric Lightning F6 - GJD Services / CAHC (S)
F-4K Phantom II - BPAG/GJD Services (S)
Gloster Meteor F9/40 - RAF Museum (S)
Hawker Siddley Harrier GR3 - RAF Cosford (S)
Percival Pembroke C1 - RAF Museum (S)
Percival Piston Provost T1 - RAF Cosford (S)
Jaguar GR1 - 1 SoTT (S)
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 - Private (S)
Scottish Aviation Jetstream T1 - RAF Museum (S)
Slingsby Venture (S)
Gazelle HT2 - Gazelle Squadron Display Team (F)
Gazelle HT3 - Gazelle Squadron Display Team (F)
Gazelle HT3 - Gazelle Squadron Display Team (S)
Sea King HAR3 - RAF Cosford (S)
Westland Wessex - RAF St Mawgan (S)
Westland Whirlwind HAR10 - Historic Helicopters(F)
Westland Whirlwind HAR10 (S) - YHPG

New Millennium
Aeropro EuroFOX 912 - RAF100 GBNZ Expedition (S)
BAE Systems Hawk T1 - RAF Shawbury Storage Flight (S)
Eurofighter Typhoon - Full size replica (S)
Grob Tutor T1 - University of Birmingham (S)
Panavia Tornado GR4 - 1 SoTT (S)
SEPECAT Jaguar GR3 - 1 SoTT (S)

Bolkow Bo-105 - Flying Bulls (F)
Pakistan Air Force C-130E Hercules (S)
Belgian Air Force A109 - TBC (F)

Tickets are on sale at £25.00 per adult. Tickets will not be available at the gate. Under 16s are free when accompanied by an adult.

Please visit the official RAF Cosford Airshow website for ticket prices and booking.

Gates open: 7.30am
Flying display: approx 11.30am to 5.30pm
Showground closes: 7pm.

Ground Displays:
There will be a wide and varied programme of activities on the ground including the unique RAF100 static exhibition, the 'STEM Hangar', 'The Vintage Village', 'RAF Village', a funfair, food & refreshments, and trade & exhibitor stalls.

More information on ground activities can be found on the official RAF Cosford Airshow website.

Last year's airshow:
Cosford Air Show 2017 Review

Local hotels for the RAF Cosford Airshow
Local hotels for the RAF Cosford Airshow

RAF Cosford 2018 Press Releases:

RAF Cosford Air Show 2018
Historic helicopters added to Air Show line-up...

RAF Cosford Air Show 2018
First warbirds join RAF100 celebrations at RAF Cosford Air Show...

RAF Cosford Air Show 2018
Historic Phantom arrives at RAF Cosford in preperation for RAF100 Air Show...

RAF Cosford Air Show 2018
Spectacular tribute to celebrate Royal Air Force centenary planned at RAF Cosford Air Show 2018...

RAF Shawbury Movements before the Airshow:

To be announced.


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