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The Sandbag Times - Issue No: 55

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The Veterans Magazine. Airshow special with News, reviews, articles, stories, information and fun.

RAF Cosford Air Show

RAF Cosford Air Show The RAF’s Only Official Air Show Sunday 9th June 2019 The RAF Cosford Air Show is the only official RAF Air Show and one of the premier air displays on the UK airshow calender. This year, the show takes place on Sunday 9th June 2019. One of the primary themes for the Air Show on Sunday 9th June 2019 will be recognising the role of women in aviation & military history, marking the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and 25th anniversary of the full integration of women into the Royal Air Force. The ‘Women in Defence’ theme demonstrates the Royal Air Force’s dedication to equality and diversity as well as recognising female heroes of yesteryear, such as female Air Transport Auxiliary pilots who support the war effort in the 1940s. Also, the RAF Cosford Air Show will also be marking the 70th Anniversary of NATO which will be complimented by an incredible international contingent from the German, Czech, Belgian, Swiss, Slovak and Danish Air Forces. Following on from an amazing 2018 event, which celebrated the Royal Air Force’s centenary in spectacular style, work is already underway to make sure we build on that success and make improvements where needed, to ensure the 2019 provides unrivalled entertainment. For the team at RAF Cosford planning the Air Show, providing an enriching experience for all the family is key, with a diverse array of ground attractions including the highly-acclaimed Vintage Village complementing the six-hour flying displays. This is, by far, my favourite air show of the year. The flying and static displays are always spectacular and along with the mass of stalls and ground attractions, you also have the RAF Cosford museum which is so worth a look around. If nothing else, at least check out the Cold War hanger. But looking at the flying, which to be honest is the main reason why we go, there is a very exciting line up of displays. One of the disappointments, for me, at many air shows is the lack of fast movers. Yes, we have the typhoon and in the past, the Tornado and JP’s. But this year, the skies above Cosford is going to be noisy as we will be seeing plenty of fighter jets alongside historic aircraft and also the usual (but very enjoyable) suspects such as the Red Arrows, BBMF, the Chinook etc. The RAF Cosford Air Show has very kindly given us a sneak preview of some of the stunning displays we can expect to see this year. Over the next few pages we shall highlight a few of those attractions but if you would like to get in to the action then you must book online prior to the show as tickets cannot be bought on the gate. To find out more about the show and to book tickets just go to: www.cosfordairshow.co.uk | 20 www.sandbagtimes.co.uk

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