Evening Chaps, thought I'd take some time to answer some queries this evening!
Adamwilliams132 wrote:In the past they've parked a lot of civilian fly in aircraft on the grass.
Not in the last 3 years we haven't apart from a small number of VIP guests who fly in but they're tucked up at the far right of the display line infront of the VIP Enclosures.
Spotty_Jag wrote:Perhaps the Cosford team could tell us which end of the crowdline they will be parked at and which end will be clear so we can make our choices accordingly.
You may be surprised to hear that there's a lot a logistical and operational considerations when designing the flightline parking plan. I have a rough plan already on what we're expecting to attend but it will change many times before June. Interesting to see the range of comments on the use of the flightline, a marmite issue for sure! Some like the unique photo opportunities of aircraft crewing in etc and also possibilities for clean images of the aircraft parked, others would rather see the runway. I remember when, in 2015, we moved a number of aircraft to the southside (from memory it was the Apache pair, Lynx HMA8 & Chinook) there was significant feedback that visitors wanted them back on the flightline. A balancing act for sure, we will do our best to please everyone, but operational ease must remain a priority.
Timc wrote:Not that I've ever noticed or for that matter paid any attention to, but do The Swiss PC-7 team have any kind of support aircraft?
No dedicated support aircraft, but the Swiss Air Force often use their Beechcraft 1900, as they did to support the Hornet in 2015. No news received yet on what aircraft may(or may not) come to support the team but I do like Geoff's suggestion...
Tommy wrote:Probably not realistic, but I love that "discussions are ongoing" with Cyprus!
And even if they're unable to provide an aircraft for 2017, it's never too early for our overseas partners to get 2018 in their diary...
Orange5ive wrote:As there is no Vulcan anymore and I assume getting the one out the Cold War hangar is prohibitively expensive what are the chances of the Avro 707c coming out, I don't believe it's been on display for a while now.
Getting anything out of the Cold War Exhibition is an extremely difficult task, which involves removing a wall from the building. The Avro 707 came out to play last year, so we worked with our friends at the RAF Museum to get some different machines out into the sunlight for 2017. The British Aerospace EAP, Hurricane IIc & Harrier GR9 are all confirmed to be coming down to the airfield to join the static displays this June.
Peter Operations Manager
RAF Cosford Air Show