Evening All, just thought I'd take 5 minutes to reply to some recent comments...
TYPHOON3 wrote:I thought Cosford might have got the Belgian F-16 this year but they have managed to date clash with an overseas show again.
The dates for the RAF Cosford Air Show are set well in advance, and other national air arms are made aware of the dates, as we do try to avoid clashes. The second Sunday in June is our traditional weekend for many years (last year being the only exception) and is likely to continue to remain as the date due to training output schedules for the Schools on base. When we announced our date, the event at Sola had not been advertised, so it's abit unfair to word your complaint about our date clashing in that manner. Yes it is frustrating, but another hurdle we overcome.
Wrexham Mackem wrote:Breitling Jet Team are very much under-rated though, and they did indeed look good the last time they were at Cosford. It would be good to see them back.
Agreed, and the Breitling Jet Team were very high on our radar for 2017. Sadly, they are not available to display with us this year.
Adamwilliams132 wrote:Czech airforce have released there schedule, nothing on it for Cosford. Looks like the RAF's only air show ain't high on the list for foreign Participants this year yet again.
It's not my job to criticise or defend the allocations process that other nations have in place for their display assets so I won't take the bait there. We follow a tried and tested invitation progress which includes formal invitations via the Defence Attachés but also appealing directly to squadrons/operators etc. We have done our best, and yes when we receive news that assets are unavailable for us, it is disappointing for us who work 12 months of the year to deliver the Air Show, but it's just a fact of life that you can't always get what you want. If an international air arms sends their assets to another event, for whatever reason, who am we to moan about that?
The Royal Air Force's only Air Show will go on, and still provide an opportunity for members of the British taxpayer to engage with their military. Nevertheless, I can guarantee you that every member of the team is still 100% committed to delivering as many exciting aircraft, including international military assets, for our visitors enjoyment on Sunday 11th June. Yes, a number of countries have declined, but there are also a lot of exciting negotiations going on behind the scenes.
Peter Operations Manager
RAF Cosford Air Show