Blistering Cosford air show

Posted: 17/06/2009
Nearly 60,000 visitors poured into RAF Cosford for the 2009 Air Show - with organisers hailing the event the busiest ever.
 
The beautiful weather, the promise of a spectacular air display plus exciting ground exhibits was a magnet to visitors who flocked to Cosford in record numbers resulting in the event organisers having to declare the site full for the first time ever.
 
With 27 different elements to the six-hour flying display, including the historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; the state-of-the art Typhoon fighter and the iconic Vulcan bomber; they combined to produce a thrilling and interesting spectacle.  On the ground, Cosford personnel delivered fantastic and varied trade stands and exhibitions; the latter included many military groups, including Red Arrows and Typhoon display pilots, explaining life in the Services today. 
 
Asked for his thoughts about the show, the Chairman of the Air Show, Wing Commander Nicholas Lea said: "We have never had a show as busy as yesterday's and we are very pleased with how successfully the event passed off. 
"My only regret is for those people who were unable to get into the show because of the sheer volume of traffic; all of my team worked hard and hand-in-glove with the Police and the Highways Agency to minimise the delays.  
"We all tried as hard as possible but the combination of excellent weather and the re-appearance of the Vulcan aircraft after many years generated unprecedented interest in the event."