What’s On

The aircraft on display are the undoubted stars of the show, but there’s a lot more to the RAF Cosford Air Show than that! Whether you’re looking to inspire and entertain the whole family or you’re an avid aviation enthusiast, you’ve got a non-stop day of excitement ahead of you.

Aircraft Displays

The RAF Cosford Air Show will include an action-packed six-hour flying display, including powerful demonstrations of modern military aircraft from the Royal Air Force and international military partners. There will be captivating appearances from iconic vintage aircraft from throughout the history of aviation and adrenaline pumping aerobatic displays. Ground-based pyrotechnics will also add to the excitement of some of the flying displays! On the ground, there will be a huge assortment on static display for you to view up close, including some which you will be able to sit inside.

To get a taste of what awaits you in 2019, why not have a look at our short highlights video of the memorable RAF Cosford Air Show 2018, celebrating RAF100.

To view the full list of participating aircraft, with more aircraft added weekly, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Showground Attractions

Throughout the airfield, there will be a huge assortment of fascinating things to see and do at the RAF Cosford Air Show. There really is something for all the family to enjoy and you are guaranteed to be entertained and inspired.

Vintage Village

The Vintage Village is one of the most popular displays on the showground. For 2019 the Vintage Village focuses on WWII with the sights, sounds and smells of the era transporting you back in time. Historical figures mingle amongst the vintage aircraft and vehicles, both military and civilian, while live music is provided throughout the day with a variety of acts performing on the bandstand. Inside the marquee, you can enjoy a pot of tea and a slice of cake or even a spam sandwich at ‘Thyme for Tea’ Vintage Tea Room and then browse the authentic items for sale in ‘Tina-Lou’s Vintage Fair’. Wander back outside and you’ll find the Village Pub open and the Church Fete in full swing. Join in the fun and chat with the reenactors to discover what life was really like in Britain during the 1940s!

RAF Zone

The RAF Zone will showcase the very best of today’s Royal Air Force. As well as hands on displays and exhibitions from all aspects of the Royal Air Force – including a mock-up Chinook helicopter! A number of Royal Air Force display teams will have a ground presence in the RAF Village, with great opportunities for you to meet the pilots. You’ll also be able to explore the range of RAF Careers available as both a Regular or Reservist.

RAF Hangar Displays

Our hangar displays allow you to see behind the scenes at RAF Cosford and discover what training to become qualified RAF Technicians and Engineers looks like! With a number of military units based at RAF Cosford, this is your opportunity to get hands-on and find out what life in the Royal Air Force is really all about. There will be displays from the Defence School of Aeronautic Engineering, No.1 Radio School, Defence School of Photography, RAF School of Physical Education and many more.

STEM Hangars

Our two STEM Hangars have grown to become must-visit attractions at the Air Show. Showcasing the best that the RAF, Industry and Academia have to offer in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, the STEM Hangars are an ideal chance to get real hands-on experience of what it is like to be in some of the most diverse and exciting jobs around.

Helicopter Pleasure Flights

To make your visit to the Air Show extra special, why not enjoy the spectacular views that a helicopter flight offers? Operated by Adventure001, their fleet of helicopters will be operating throughout the day giving you the chance to enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Air Show and surrounding Shropshire countryside. Visit the Adventure001 Website for more information and to book your seats.

RAF Museum

All of the RAF Museum’s world-class facilities are open for Air Show visitors to enjoy. Their unrivaled collection of historic aircraft is a must see! For more details about the RAF Museum visit their website.

Traders & Exhibitors

With over a kilometre of trade stands, the Air Show hosts a huge variety of traders and exhibitors to see. There’s something for everyone from aviation artists, charitable organisations, military merchandise, book stalls and much more! If you would like to exhibit at the Air Show, please visit our Trader & Exhibition Page.

Aircraft Participation List

Last Updated 1st May 2019

Avro Lancaster B1Battle of Britain Memorial FlightFLYING
BAE Systems Hawk T1Defence School of Aeronautical EngineeringSTATIC
BAE Systems Hawk T1 (x9)RAF Aerobatic Team - The Red ArrowsFLYING
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR429 Squadron / RAF Typhoon Display TeamFLYINGNATO 70TH
Gloster Gladiator IRAF MuseumSTATIC
Grob Tutor T1115 Squadron / RAF Tutor Display TeamFLYING
Grob Tutor T1University of Birmingham Air SquadronSTATIC
Hawker Hurricane llcBattle of Britain Memorial FlightFLYING
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3Defence School of Aeronautical EngineeringSTATICNATO 70TH
Panavia Tornado F3Defence School of Aeronautical EngineeringSTATICNATO 70TH
Panavia Tornado GR4Defence School of Aeronautical EngineeringSTATICNATO 70TH
Percival Provost T1RAF MuseumSTATIC
Percival Jet Provost T1RAF MuseumSTATIC
SEPECAT Jaguar GR3Defence School of Aeronautical EngineeringSTATICNATO 70TH
Shorts Tucano T172 Squadron / RAF Tucano Display TeamFLYING
Supermarine Spitfire IXBattle of Britain Memorial FlightFLYING
Supermarine Spitfire XIXRAF MuseumSTATIC
Westland Puma HC2Squadron TBCSTATICNATO 70TH
Westland Wessex HC2RAF St MawganSTATIC

Aero Vodochody L-159A ALCA (x2)Czech Air Force - 212 Tactical SquadronFLYINGNATO 70TH
Agusta A109-BABelgian Air Force – 17 Squadron / A109 Display TeamFLYINGNATO 70TH
Bristol Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2Royal Naval School of Flight Deck OperationsSTATICNATO 70TH
Leonardo Merlin HM2Royal Navy – 814 Naval Air SquadronSTATICNATO 70TH
LET-410 TurboletSlovak Air Force - 1st Transport SquadronSTATICNATO 70TH
Lockheed P-3C OrionGerman Navy - MFG3FLYINGNATO 70TH
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C HornetSwiss Air Force - Fighter Squadron 17 FLYING
SAAB JAS-39C GripenCzech Air Force - 211 Tactical SquadronFLYINGNATO 70TH
SAAB T-17 Supporter (x4)Royal Danish Air Force - Baby Blue Display TeamFLYINGNATO 70TH
Westland Apache AH1Army Air Corps – Attack Helicopter Display TeamFLYINGNATO 70TH
Westland Sea Lynx Mk.88AGerman Navy - MFG5STATICNATO 70TH

Airbus Helicopters H145Midlands Air Ambulance CharitySTATIC
Auster IIIPrivate OwnerSTATIC
Auster VPrivate OwnerSTATIC
Avro Anson C19BAE Systems Heritage FlightSTATIC
BAC Jet Provost T3Private OwnerFLYING
BAC Jet Provost T3Private OwnerSTATIC
BAC Jet Provost T4Private OwnerSTATIC
BAC Jet Provost T5Private OwnerFLYING
BAC Jet Provost T5Jet AerobaticsSTATIC
BAC Strikemaster Mk.82ANWMASFLYING
BAC Strikemaster Mk.82ANWMASSTATIC
Boeing StearmanTG Aviation FLYINGWomen in Defence
de Havilland ChipmunkCentury Aviation LtdSTATIC
de Havilland ChipmunkPrivate OwnerSTATIC
de Havilland Tiger MothVintage Flying TeamSTATIC
DR107 'One Design' Phil Burgess AerobaticsFLYING
Hispano BuchonAir Leasing LtdSTATIC
Fairchild ArgusPrivate OwnerFLYINGWomen in Defence
Fairchild ArgusPrivate OwnerSTATICWomen in Defence
Grumman AA-5Private OwnerSTATIC
Hawker Hurricane IAir Leasing LtdSTATICWomen in Defence
Hawker Hurricane IBygone Aviation LtdFLYINGWomen in Defence
Hawker Sea Fury T20Navy Wings Heritage FlightFLYING
North American P-51D MustangPrivate OwnerFLYING
Pitts S1S SpecialPrivate OwnerFLYING
Spartan 7W ExecutivePrivate OwnerSTATIC

Please note that aircraft are only added to this participation list upon written confirmation from the aircraft operator. However, all aircraft participation is dependent on aircraft serviceability, operational commitments, and appropriate weather conditions. The RAF Cosford Air Show cannot be held responsible for any changes to the programme for reasons outside the control of the Event Organisers.