Cosford Air Show 2012

20th June 2012
Thankfully Sunday was the best day of the week, bright with a few patches of blue sky and only a very light breeze. There was only one short shower in the five hours plus of displays. The only thing that was not a help, from a photographic point of view, was the often plain white or very pale grey sky backdrop. Aircraft that are smaller in frame tend to look smaller when surrounded by white as opposed to characterful clouds. Nevertheless, I got some shots I was happy with and enjoyed watching the displays.

There was a full flying programme with only the Swordfish, Vulcan and the Battle of Britain Hurricane not being able to make it because of mechanical difficulties. The Vulcan was in the process of having two of it’s engines rebuilt. I remember seeing the Vulcan flying over 20 years ago, but it would have been good to see it again. The Red Arrows managed to do most of their display, the low cloud base preventing the higher manoeuvres. The P-51 Mustang was absent but there was a P-40 Kittyhawk instead. A VC10 in-flight refuelling tanker was a late addition to the flying programme and made a few flypasts.

The pair of Tornados did an excellent ground attack demonstration, which seemed to be longer than in previous shows which was good to see, but the main explosion was not as spectacular. The Great War Display team had six aircraft flying. A Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley in Anglesey performed a search and rescue demonstration – the commentator mentioned several times that a certain royal was not aboard. There were two different versions of the Jet Provost. Staying with old jets, the privately owned Gnats, de Havilland Vampire and Gloster Meteor put on a good show. The Meteor is the oldest jet still flying. Some images from the day are shown below.

A Gloster Meteor (FMKQ) (WA591) from the Air Atlantique flight based at Coventry Airport

A Panavia Tornado GR4 from XV (R) Squadron

An Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopter

A Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (R4118) flown by Carl Schofield

A Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk (210855)

A Hawker Sea Fury (VX281) from the Royal Navy Historic Flight

A Jet Provost Mk3A (XM479)

The Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

An RAF Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey

A Eurofighter Typhoon from 6 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars and flown by Squadron Leader Scott Loughran

All text and images © Keith Rowley 2012

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