Five hours of non-stop spectacular entertainment at Cosford Air Show

Posted: 01/06/2009

Dozens of aircraft will soon take to the skies above RAF Cosford for a spectacular five-hour display set to wow crowds of thousands.

Aeroplanes and helicopters of all shapes, sizes and ages will make their way to the air base for the 2009 Cosford Air Show on June 14.
And this year’s display has something for everyone to enjoy.
Keeping eyes glued to the skies will be the Royal Navy Black Cats, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Chinook, a Hawk, the RAF Falcons, the Royal Navy Historic Flight, a Spitfire, a Chipmonk, The Blades team of aerobatic pilots, a Typhoon, a Vampire and much much more.
This year the British Army's world famous helicopter display team, the Blue Eagles, aim is to produce a more compact, dynamic display comprising a single Apache and Lynx; both renowned for their agility and speed.
And enthusiasts will be gazing in awe as the roar of the nine-cylinder radial engine of the T28 Fennec is heard.
t28 at the cosford air show
The T28 in action
Radial Revelations’ T28 will be entertaining the crowds with pilot Martin Willing at the helm.
He said the thousands attending this year’s air show can expect the "best thing in aviation".

"It makes a very distinctive sound and is quite a large aeroplane," he added. It is called 'Little Rascal' or 'Petit Coquin' in French, because it is a fairly bulky aircraft and is anything but little!

"This aeroplane was used initially by the French, the French converted it into a ground attack aircraft and used it in Algeria, specifically in the 1950s early 60s.

"Then the Americans said ‘wow’ and they did the same and sent them over to Vietnam."
And the Newcastle Jet Provost Group, formed in 1995 following the purchase of a Jet Provost Mk T.3A, XM479, will also be on hand.
Captain Neil McCarthy said: "The Jet Provost, better known as the "JP" is flown for pleasure and training by the group members. The group consists of members who each own a share in the aircraft. 
"The aircraft retains it's RAF markings and still bares XM479, its original registration."
A regular fixture in the Cosford Air Show flying display is the appearance of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a display that attracts thousands of spectators keen to take a look at the amazing aircraft, which played such a large part in aviation history.
At the 2009 show the Lancaster bomber, the Hurricane and the Spitfire will be joined by a Dakota, which has become a display aircraft in her own right and now appears regularly on the air show circuit.
The display will also include a stunning finale from the largest aerobatic display team of its kind in the world.
The Aerostars display team will perform breathtaking close formation aerobatics with six Yak 50 aircraft and a certainly a sight to see.
And with The Blades – who are among the world’s best aerobatic pilots – also on board, organisers are promising a day to remember.
Retired Wing Commander Bill Hartree, flying display director, said: "With a slightly smaller than usual military contingent we have organised a really interesting and exciting selection of older warplanes from Spitfires and Hurricanes to Venoms and Vampires as well as the amazing Sally B, B-17 Flying Fortress back in the air after 18 months on the ground for maintenance.  We also have three superb formation aerobatic teams comprising the wing-walking girls of Team Guinot, the Blades with their Extra 300s and the Aerostars with their colourful Yaks as well as the Turbulent Team flying circus.  
"From abroad, we are fortunate to be able to present the Belgian Air Force Sea King SAR display team.  We will also have the old favourites from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and, of course, the world beating Red Arrows.
"The Royal Navy is bringing the Black Cats Lynx helicopter pair and the Army their rejuvenated Blue Eagles team comprising an Apache and Lynx pair.
"This is a flying display for everyone from the ardent enthusiast to the family out for a great day with the children - I don’t think it gets much better than this."
For those not flying in on the day Arriva Trains Wales have added a number of extra services to their timetable to ensure all of the visitors can get to the site in time for the action.
For more information on the extra services visit
Tickets for the 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 0871 230 1083, 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.


cosford air show featuring the t28The spectacular T28