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RAF Cosford Airshow 2016
RAF Cosford Airshow has always been a firm favourite amongst airshow goers due to its extensive and varied flying display. The show also puts on a superb static display, in 2016 this included a number of aircraft from the RAF Museum.
This year’s show had a fantastic mix of displays, ranging from the likes of the Chipmunk, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the aircraft’s first flight, to rare appearances from the MiG-15 and Nanchang. The Gazelle Squadron made their debut at the show and of course an RAF airshow wouldn’t be complete without the Red Arrows.
As well as witnessing the Red’s main display, the team flew in formation with a 45 Reserve Squadron King Air to mark that squadron’s 100th anniversary.
Also keep your eyes peeled for some amazing views from on board the Chipmunk, Great War Display Team, Gazelle Squadron and Lauren Richardson’s Pitts. Here’s a look at the action coming up.
To kick off the air display we were happy to welcome a flypast from the impressive A400M Atlas
Marking the 100th anniversary of the 45 Reserve Squadron, a King Air from the 45th flew a wonderful formation with the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
Sadly, due to low cloud, the RAF Falcons, who were scheduled to perform next, were unable to fly
Next is the turn of the home-team - Tutors based here at RAF Cosford. They fly with 3 staff cadets on board as part of the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadets.
Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman is an ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets.
Picking up the pace now, with a fantastic display from the RAF Typhoon, piloted by Flt Lt Mark Long.
A display not often seen in the UK, the Belgian Air Force Augusta 109.
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of its first flight, the de Havilland Canada Chipmunk takes to the skies, flown by John Higgins.
A couple of classics now in the form of the Spitfire & Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Pushing back even further now to aircraft representing types from the First World War. This is the Great War Display Team
A short break from the flying action now as we look at the ground display highlighting the show’s ‘Speed’ theme.
The Speed theme continues with rare experimental aircraft being rolled out from the RAF Museum to join the static aircraft exhibitions. These included the Bristol 188, built in the 1950s as a supersonic research aircraft, the Avro 707 which was used to test the tailless thick delta configuration chosen for the Vulcan and the Fairey Delta 2, which held the world airspeed record for a short time in 1956.
Back to the flying now with another classic, the Avro Anson, joined briefly by the T-6 Harvard.
With the Anson complete, time for the T-6 Harvard to take to the stage.
Next two Jungmeisters flown by Pete Gaskell and Andy Cumming, they call themselves (well the team at least) ‘The Old Buckers’.
The MiG-15 is a rarity on the UK airshows circuit, so seeing one here was truly a delight.
From one rarity to another, the Nanchang Cj-6
Sadly the low cloud meant the planned flypast from the B-52 couldn’t take place but the RAF did manage to present the C-130 Hercules tactical transport aircraft.
Before the Red Arrows display we we took some time to speak to their commentator ‘Red 10’ about his experiences in the Air Cadets.
A welcome addition to Cosford, the powerful and superbly maneuverable Chinook
Lauren Richardson graces us once again with her incredible Pitts Special S1-S
Some classic jet action now, with Jeff Bell’s immaculate Jet Provost T5.
This is a new addition to the UK Airshow scene, the Gazelle Squadron, flown by Andy Moorhouse and Russ DeLieu.
We come to the final 2 two displays of the show now, both Army helicopters, the Westland Scout AH-1 from the Army Air Corps Historic Flight and modern day AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache AH1.
First up for its solo performance is the Scout. The type first flew in 1960 and retired from British Army service in the late 1980s.
The Apache taking centre stage now for its explosive role demonstration and finale to the airshow.
And with that we come to the end of the RAF Cosford Air Show 2016. We hope you enjoyed this look at the action despite the sometime less than ideal weather conditions!
RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2016
RNAS Yeovilton Air Day prides itself on being the biggest and best naval airshow in the UK and each year it continues to prove itself so. Boasting a superb range of aircraft from Europe and beyond, this show never fails to impress. In 2016 international visitors included the French Navy Rafale, the Royal Jordanian Falcons, and Polish Team Orlik.
The Sea Vixen’s display helped launch the new ‘Navy Wings’ organisation, which supports a collection of historic naval types, both civilian owned and those operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight.
Other Air Day highlights included a display from the rarely seen Westland Wasp, and a 4-ship flypast from two Westland Lynxs, alongside their successor, the Wildcat. It's the Commando Assault finale that really makes Yeovilton Air Day unique though, this year heavily featuring the Merlin helicopter working alongside Wildcats and an Army Air Corps Apache.
Watch out for our on-board material from the Swordfish and the OV-10 Bronco. Here’s 60 seconds of highlights to whet your appetite!
A rare Royal Navy four-ship to start the show, with two Lynx helicopters in formation with two Wildcats
As always, Rich Goodwin puts on an incredible show with his Pitts S2S Special
More from the home team now - the Royal Navy helicopter display team, the Black Cats.
Heading back to the Vietnam war era now, with the OV-10 Bronco, this one is an OV-10B and served in Germany as a target tug.
An aircraft from a slightly earlier period now, the MiG-15. A type which saw service in the Korean War.
Another historic aircraft now, this time a Naval type - the Westland Wasp.
The Sea Vixen is now resident here at Yeovilton, and looked after under the new Navy Wings organisation.
We’re used to seeing Kennet Aviation’s Seafire at Yeovilton but instead 2016 saw the Air Day debut of this beautiful Seafire L F 3 C from Air Leasing.
These guys make jumping out of an aircraft look easy! The Royal Navy Raiders parachute display team
Time for the first RAF display now, in the form of the Red Arrows - performing in beautiful weather conditions.
More helicopter action now, this time from civilian team ‘The Gazelle Squadron’.
The Royal Navy Historic Flight is based here at Yeovilton and amongst others looks after this world war 2 Fairey Swordfish.
Time for some pyrotechnics now, accompanying them, the Army Air Corps Apache role demonstration.
The Lancaster was sadly out of action for Air Day but the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were able to display this Spitfire and Hurricane
It's not just action in the air at Air Day - a short break from the flying now, as Colonel Roland Sheer talks us through his experiences with C-17 Globemaster which was on static display at the show.
The French Navy put in a dramatic performance with this 2-ship Rafale display.
The Fighter Collection provide more historic naval action now with this display of their Corsair.
Another Air Day debut now - the Polish Air Force Display Team ‘Team Orlik’ flying the PZL-130 advanced trainer aircraft.
The last of the warbird displays was B-17G Sally B, a wonderful sight, having not appeared at Yeovilton for many years.
The Royal Jordanian Falcons put on as always, a graceful and elegant show.
Our penultimate display now, Flt Lt Mark Long puts the RAF Typhoon through its paces.
The Air Day finale is one of the world’s most remarkable airshow spectacles. The ‘Junglie Assault’ features almost constant action in the air and on the ground, we’ll do our best to give you a sense of the action here.
And with that our coverage of the superb RNAS Yeovilton Air Day comes to an end, we hope you enjoyed the action and look forward to seeing you at an Air Day in the future.
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