RAF Cosford Air Show 2015

15th June 2015
Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny. This was promising. As it was a ticket only event, it was something you had to have committed to. The majority of the morning was fine. The ground displays were plentiful, this year including a Victory Village area marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2. A US medical camp, a Soviet field hospital, a 1940s house and a Luftwaffe camp were amongst the displays. Entertainment was put on too, and while not seeing any of it at least I heard the 1940s songs ringing out.
The sky clouded over before the Falcons parachute team opened the show. They had to drop from a lower altitude but it was still a great display of skill. The vast majority of aircraft billed did actually appear. Notable for their last appearances were the Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley (as they will pass over their duties to a civilian team at the end of the month) and the Vulcan (it’s the last flying season for this aircraft due to cost).
An F-16 from the Belgian Air Force and an F-18 from the Swiss Air Force made up the international contingent. A Catalina flying boat made it and it’s a long time since I saw that flying. Two apache helicopters put on a ground attack display with plenty of pyrotechnics.
There were two Hurricanes and two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain memorial Flight, together with a P40 Mustang and a Spanish version of the Messerschmitt 109 (to all intents and purposes a Bf109). A Spitfire, the Mustang and an Avro Anson took part in a Warbird Finale with the 109.
So not a damp squib after all.


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