Film star to attend cosford air show 2009

Posted: 22/05/2009

This year’s Cosford Air show will be taking a step back in time as a classic machine of the air takes time to stretch its legs – and any visitors keen on film may well recognise the aeroplane.


The Classic Flight Club, based in Coventry, is dedicated to keeping classic aircraft from deteriorating by getting them up in the air where they belong.


And visitors to the Cosford Air Show on June 14 will be able to see the Douglas DC-6 airliner in action when it visits the event for the first time in half a century of operations in the UK.

The airliner, widely regarded as the finest piston engine commercial aircraft ever built, celebrates its 51st birthday the day before the show and is the last DC6 operated on a European register.
It also enjoyed a cameo role in the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale, making its debut on the air show circuit in the same year.
Alastair Rivers, of the Classic Flight Club, said: “Classic aircraft need to fly. While it's possible to preserve them in museums, the deterioration from mould and rotting is virtually impossible to prevent. But get them up where they belong and the wind blows it all away.
“Classic Flight Club is dedicated to keeping these irreplaceable treasures in the manner to which they're entitled.  
 “We want those precious few flying examples to thrill our grandchildren.”
Within months of entering service with the fleet of Eagle in March 1959, this DC6, also known as G-APSA, was in the Pacific assisting with operation Grapple, the British nuclear test program. 
Returning to civilian duties at the end of that year, the aircraft flew the first ever scheduled transatlantic tourist route from London to Bermuda in a ground-breaking operation to lower the cost of long range air travel. 
In 1962 G-APSA was once again fulfilling military contracts, this time in support of the Blue Streak rocket program.
After a spell in the Arabian Gulf G-APSA was brought home to England in 1987 and has been operated by Air Atlantique, based in Coventry, ever since. The aircraft was withdrawn from cargo operations in 2004.
Julian Firth, head of DC-6 operations for Air Atlantique, said: “We are delighted to have been invited to participate at the Midland’s premier air show and an event so close to our home base in Warwickshire. 
“It provides us with a wonderful opportunity to remind a new audience of the important contribution that our DC-6 has made to several spheres of aerospace development and to thank the local people who have supported our operation for over two decades. 
“Historic and relevant, G-APSA connects us with our proud aviation heritage and reminds us that flying big aeroplanes can still be fun. We’re thrilled to be supporting this year’s show and look forward to an exciting summer.”
Tickets for the Cosford Air Show are available at local branch offices of the Shropshire Star, the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, branches of the Mid Counties Co-Operative Society, Tourist Information Centres in Birmingham (Rotunda), Stafford (Gatehouse Theatre) and Stoke (Victoria Hall), the special air show ticket line on 0870 121 2523, and an internet booking service at (Special Events; Air Shows; RAF Cosford).
Full information on the show can be seen on the air show web site – or is available on the show information line at 0844 561 1897.
For more details about the Classic Flight Club and the work they do visit

British Eagle, Cosford Air Show

Photo: Alexander Shwartz