I think this year will be the 8th time I have visited the RAF Cosford Airshow and I have to say they never, ever disappoint.. I have particular interest this year for a few reasons. Firstly, I go down there in business for the SBT and secondly, my favourite aircraft is flying there. The Sea Vixen. Why am I so attached to this old warbird? I grew up and went to school by the factory where these were made in Christchurch.
The DeHavilland factory in Somerford, Christchurch was situated on a very strategic airfield during the second world war and the cold war. Anyway, enough about Christchurch, this is about Cosford.
Yes, I get to see the Vixen but we will also be treated to some amazing displays.
The Red Arrows will be there in force as usual although the word ‘usual’ doesn’t quite seem right when describing the Reds. They amaze everytime and, so I hear through the nerdvine, this year will be spectacular. Can’t wait.
Now lets get down to the serious air displays. The Typhoon FGR4 will be blowing our ears out and making us wonder how an aircraft can do the impossible. The Italian Air Force will be turning up in a very amazing Tornado IDS. Always loved them, very loud, very fast and very beautiful.
Other greats include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades, Chinook, Apache and the very crazy Pitts Special. I feel ill everytime I watch this madman (but extremely talented) point his little biplane skywards.
There is an awful lot of other flying displays on the day but I’d like to just mention some of the static displays available for us to leer over. The classic aircraft will be out in force with a GR1 and a GR4 Tornado, a few Harriers, A Jaguar, plenty of helicopters but one in particular I am very keen to get up close and personal with. The Wildcat. This aircraft is replacing the trusty Lynx. Not sure if it was a good idea with what I hear but still very keen to get a good butchers at it.
If you get fed up of looking at aircraft (as if) there will be plenty of other things to keep you entertained. The Trade stands are vast and have everything aeronautical imaginable and quite a lot that isn’t. There are great craft markets (I always look forward to the cake stalls, yum yum) You may even be lucky enough to pick up a great souvenier special of a certain veterans magazine. Lol.
The RAF Cosford Airshow is the one remaining major airshow ran by the RAF and they do an absolutely superb job. If you haven’t been there yet, do not miss out on this opportunity. It is well worth it. Travelling is probably the only bind but the good news is there is a train station very very close by. Check the train times, plan and leave the car at home. (You could even have a cheeky beer or two if you do that).
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, do not dispair, check out the website to discover where they are avialable from. See you there. www.cosfordairshow.co.uk