On 10 June RAF Cosford threw open its gates for its annual air show.  An RAF100 Gold event, this year’s show was the biggest ever with 60,000 members of the public attending.  As befitted the RAF’s Centenary the flying and ground displays were the most extensive ever seen at the Shropshire station.

Two Typhoon's in the air
Typhoons break over the skies of Shropshire.
Image by: Sgt Paul Oldfield.

The flying display opened with the RAF Falcons delivering the RAF100 Baton to Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Tone Baker and what followed was six and a half hours of some of the best flying ever seen at Cosford.  The highlights were the Red Arrows, the Typhoon display team, the Chinook display team and the BBMF, who wowed the crowd with their Trenchard formation.  A particularly noteworthy event was the joint display by a Hurricane and Polish Air Force Mig-29, which commemorated the bravery of the Polish aircrews who fought with the RAF throughout World War Two.  Outstanding displays were also provided by other allied nations and included the Belgian F-16, French Rafale and Royal New Zealand Air Force Boeing 757. 

Hurricane and MIG-29 Fulcrum flying over the Shropshire countryside
Hurricane and MIG-29 fly over the Shropshire Countryside.
Image by: Cpl Tim Laurence.

On the ground, the air show team, with the assistance of the RAF Museum at Cosford, GJD Services, BAe Systems and private collectors, put together probably the most comprehensive display of RAF aircraft seen on an airfield in many years, many of which were brought to life by re-enactors who helped to tell the RAF story.  

Re-Enactors in old RAF uniform standing by a plane
Re-enactors playing their part.
Image: Crown Copyright.


The 2018 RAF Cosford Air Show will go down as the best ever and one of the major highlights of the RAF’s centenary year.

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