RAF Cosford Airshow 2017

On the 11th of June, RAF Cosford played host to its annual airshow, one of the UK’s top aviation events. TWA Contributor Harry Tudor (@bhx_spotting on Instagram) attended the show and snapped this fantastic selection of pictures, using a Nikon D3300 and Sigma 150-600mm DG OS HSM Contemporary lens.

One of the first acts of the day was GliderFX Display Team pilot Guy Westgate, performing in Grob 109B Vigilant T.1 G-OSPX. The aircraft performed a variety of stunts, fulfilled with smoke trails from the wings and fuselage!

Next up, University of Birmingham Air Squadron put on a fantastic selection of flypasts, using four Grob 115G Tutors. The German built trainer is used by the Royal Air Force to train pilots for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Display (BBMF) were next, with a display featuring three Supermarine Spitfires and a single Hawker Hurricane. The group are a favourite around the UK, as they stand as a tribute to those who flew for RAF Fighter Command in the Second World War.

Strikemaster Display UK were next onto the scene with a BAC 84 Jet Provost T Mk.5 and BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.82A (left). The twin seater jet trainers are another common sight at UK airshows.

A rather rare display then came in the odd shape of Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 ZJ729, featuring Royal Air Force Search and Rescue colours. The chopper is described as one of the most interesting aircraft of the UK aviation scene.

Then came the turn of the aerobatic display teams. First up, the Blades! The civilian close formation aerobatic team is made up of ex-RAF pilots, who are known for their impressive maneuvers (including the home made “Crazy”), flown in Extra EA-300 aircraft.

The Breitling Wing Walkers, the world’s only formation wing walking team, were next to take to the skies. The team are known for their smoke filled close formation displays performed by historic Boeing PT-17 Stearman aircraft.

Rich Goodwin then took his Pitts S-1 Special G-EWIZ for a spin (many spins actually) in an adrenaline filled display that would terrify your average pilot. Rich is well known across the UK airshow scene for his daring displays and impressive “crabbing” departures!

The Army Air Corps then stepped onto the scene, with Augusta Westland WAH-64D Apache Longbow. Under the callsign “Gunship,” the attack chopper performed a fiery display full of pyrotechnical explosions!

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Another historic duo were next up. Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Sally B” G-BEDF and North American P-51D Mustang “Tall in the Saddle” G-SIJJ showed up to perform a great selection of high speed passes.

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress of the United States Air Force was an interesting visitor! American heavy bombers have been deployed to nearby RAF Fairford and have been flying regular sorties over the UK over the past few weeks. This one stopped by for a few flypasts!

A spectacular display was then performed by the Patrouille Suisse Pilatus PC-7 display team. Nine of the Swiss built turboprop trainers carried out close formation flypasts.

The tempo was then shot through the roof, as an Italian Air Force A-200 Tornado of 311 Grupo roared past the crowds at full afterburner, wearing a special display livery!

The closing act was performed by the Royal Air Force with one of their Boeing CH-47 Chinooks. The iconic chopper displayed it’s unique abilities in combat situations to close the show.

That’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed these shots 🙂

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