The Cosford Air Show will this year open its gates to international visitors – including Royal Netherlands Air Force F16 fighter jet, bosses have revealed.

The five-hour flying display at the event on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border will see the F16 in action along with the Sea King helicopter from the Belgian Air Force.

And visitors to the show will be able to get up close to an aircraft from the French Air Force which will be on show on the ground.

Flying display director Bill Hartree said: “We are very pleased to confirm that the F16 from the Royal Netherlands Air Force will be taking part in the Flying Display on June 13.

“Anyone who has seen previous displays by the F16 Demo Team will know that they always produce an outstanding spectacle that demonstrates the agility and power of this famous aircraft.

“We know that the team will be introducing some new aspects to the display this year so look out for further details as we get closer to the event.

“In addition, we will be welcoming back the Belgian Air Force who will be sending their Sea King helicopter with its dramatic Search and Rescue Display.

“Making up the third International representative at the Air Show this year will be an aircraft from the French Air Force.
“They will be sending a CASA CN235-200 Transport aircraft as a static exhibit and we look forward to meeting the team from France with their ground display at the event.”

The RAF Museum is also included in the show gate price and parking is free.

Tickets for the show are available at local branch offices of the Shropshire Star, the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, 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 www.seetickets.com. (Special Events; Air Shows; RAF Cosford).

Tickets are also available from Midland branches of the Mid Counties Co-Operative Society.

Full information on the show can be seen on the air show web site – www.cosfordairshow.co.uk – or is available on the show information line at 0844 561 1897.