11th June 2017, RAF Cosford, Shropshire

Last updated: March 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm

The Cosford Air Show is the first of two RAF airshows in 2017.  Cosford airfield is actually fairly small and has retained the character of an old RAF base. Today it’s home to the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering as well as a branch of the RAF Museum. As such the site is full of former RAF equipment for trading the ground trades of the armed forces as well as the collection from the RAF Museum.

2017 Themes


Today in Defence, working with international partners is essential. Both on combat operations and in training, working alongside allies makes a whole force concept work. Recent examples include Royal Air Force Typhoons being deployed on NATO Baltic Air Policing duties and large scale exercises such as Ex Trident Juncture 2015. We aim to showcase the importance of international co-operation with participation of military aircraft from our partner nations in both the flying & static displays but also focus on aircraft which are manufactured in multinational environments, from the Airbus family of airliners to combat aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon.


A major part of the RAF Cosford Air Show is the ‘STEM initiative’ which aims to inspire young people to follow careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Part of this will be our theme focusing on ‘Space’. Space is an enabling domain and an operating environment in its own right. 90% of military capability is assessed as having a dependency on space, particularly for GPS navigation and timing functions. The Royal Air Force has a space monitoring capability at RAF Fylingdales which for many years has been the cornerstone of the UK’s space surveillance effort. Additionally, the UK has had a key role in space technology and leads the field in satellite development. Our ‘Space’ theme will also highlight the rich history of the UK’s involvement in space technology by showcasing exciting exhibits from several public displays


Our operational theme this year will be showcasing the role of airpower, past and present, in supporting soldiers on the ground during times of conflict. From fast-jet aircraft which deliver Close Air Support, to helicopters which play a pivotal role in troop transportation, to ISTAR aircraft which give battlefield commanders vital intelligence; the full spectrum of air power operations will be demonstrated as part of our Battlefield Support theme. This theme will run throughout the flying display and will also be displayed in a unique ‘deployed operating base’ static display with support infrastructure and vehicles on display alongside appropriate combat helicopters.

Images from 2016 Event

Essential Show Information


Official Airshow Website

Ticket Information

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Latest Aircraft Participation

Royal Air Force

  • Red Arrows – BAE Systems Hawk T1 x 9 (F)
  • Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (F) 29(R) Sqn
  • Grob Tutor T1 (F) 115(R) Sqn
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Avro Lancaster B1 (F)
  • Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Supermarine Spitfire x 4 (F)
  • RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (F)
  • SEPECAT Jaguar GR3/T4 (S) No.1 SoTT
  • Panavia Tornado GR1 (S) No.1 SoTT
  • Airbus Helicopters Squirrel HT1 (S) RAF Shawbury
  • Bell Griffin HT1 (S) RAF Shawbury

Royal Navy

  • BAE Systems Sea Harrier F/A2 (S) School of Flight Deck Operations

Belgian Air Force

  • NH Industries NH90TTH (S)

Swiss Air Force

  • PC-7 Team – Pilatus NCPC-7 Turbotrainer x 9 (F)

Classic Jets and Cold War Era Types

  • BAC Strikemaster Mk82a x 2 (F) NWMAS
  • BAC Jet Provost T5 (S) Jeff Bell/XW324
  • Westland Whirlwind HAR10 (F) Private
  • BAe Harrier GR3 (S) RAF Cosford Air Show
  • BAe Harrier T4 VAAC (S) QinetiQ
  • Cessna O-2 Skymaster (S) Postbellum Foundation
  • Bell UH-1H Iroquois (F) MSS Holdings
  • Hughes OH-6A Loach (F) MSS Holdings
  • Cessna O-1/L19 Bird Dog (F) PapaDog
  • Cessna O-1/L19 Bird Dog (S) Private
  • BAe EAP (S) RAF Museum
  • Taylorcraft Auster AOP6 – Kevin Hale
  • Taylorcraft Auster AOP9 – Peter Gill
  • Helio U-10 Courier (S) Private
  • BAE Systems Harrier GR9 (S) RAF Museum
  • Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 (F) Private


  • Douglas AD4N Skyraider (F) Kennet Aviation
  • Hawker Hurricane IIc (S) RAF Museum
  • Hawker Hurricane I (F) Hurricane Heritage/R4118


  • Pitts S2S Special (F) Rich Goodwin
  • Antonov An-2 (F) An-2 Club


AIRCRAFT” – New Addition, (F) – Flying Display, (S) – Static Display, (F/S) – Flying and Static Display, (FP) – Flypast Only, (V) – Visiting Aircraft, (SP) – Support Aircraft, “AIRCRAFT” & (TBC)Participation To Be Confirmed by Organiser