Centenary plans announced

Organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show announced plans for next year’s Air Show, set to take place on Sunday 10 June, which they promise will be “the most spectacular and interactive Air Show tribute to the Royal Air Force’s centenary”.

The RAF was formed in 1918 and, from battle-winning performances high above the skies of Britain to more recent activities that include tackling terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, securing and protecting the skies above the UK, and disaster relief around the world, there is much to celebrate at next year’s Air Show.

One of the most exciting attractions will be a showcase of 100 aircraft in a chronological exhibition showcasing the development of aeronautical design and capability over the past century. The first participant, the Boulton Paul Defiant I, was a two-seat turret fighter, operated by the RAF during WWII. The plane’s airframe was built at Boulton Paul’s factory in Pendeford, Wolverhampton, in 1938.

Air Show director Clive Elliott said, “We have grand plans to make the RAF Cosford Air Show a once in a lifetime event to Commemorate the RAF’s achievements, celebrate the RAF of today and Inspire the public about the RAF’s future.”

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are now on sale, with organisers holding the price at £25 (with under 16s free) – visit cosfordairshow.co.uk for details.

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