At today’s official launch for this summer’s RAF Cosford Air Show, organisers unveiled more information about aircraft confirmed to take part in the thrilling six-hour flying display.
The announcement that the ever-popular Blades and the exciting four ship Yakovlevs are both coming on 8 June, as well as the Red Arrows, brings the total number of aerobatic teams up to three. Other aircraft that will feature include two which support this year’s special photo-reconnaissance theme – the Canberra PR9 and the Spitfire PR11. For the Spitfire it will be “welcome home” to RAF Cosford where she was based for a time during WWII.
The jet line up includes the classic Hunter T7 and the RAF Typhoon and at the other end of the scale will be the distinctive pair of Boeing Stearman biplaneswith the BreitlingWingwalkers and the classic aircraft of the Great War Team.
On the ground three large hangars will feature interactive displays covering the wide range of engineering and technical skills taught at RAF Cosford, with one totally dedicated to a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths exhibition and all of the individual specialist schools each having their own area, many including the chance to get that all-important photo in the cockpit.
One ground display unique to RAF Cosford will be a line-up celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first light of the Kestrel, the prototype for the Harrier. The RAF Museum’s beautifully restored Kestrel will be brought up to date with static examples of the Harrier GR3 and GR9 and the naval variant the FA2, on special loan for this year’s celebration.
Advance tickets are on sale now at £20 with children under 16 coming free.