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mark_aviation wrote:Thanks for that, Tommy. Guess it’ll be a surprise on the day. From watching a few videos on YouTube, it looks like only the Belgian F-16 and A-109 use flares (but I’d assume the latter will be based at Cosford).


In 2016, the Belgian A-109 didn't use flares at Cosford (would have helped to pick it out in the murky skies at the time!)

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It didn't, and thats a bit of shame, as flares elevate the A-109 display from a good helicopter demo, to a very very good display. They are more more effective in transforming the display than on the F-16, where they're a nice touch, but don't make an enormous difference to the spectacle.

I understand the reasons (*), but as I say, a bit of a shame.

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I have seen the Mig-29 perform a tail slide whilst popping flares but it’s not something that happens at every show,depends on the routine and any prevailing restrictions placed on the display!

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Current plan is as follows; The BBMF will arrive 'on-slot' to perform their new Trenchard Display. Dakota, Lancaster & Hurricane will be depart 'off-slot' to other flypasts enroute back to RAF Coningsby. Spitfire MK356 will land on and sit on the grass flightline for the rest of the afternoon then depart later in the day. Hopefully a nice photo opportunity of the Sptifire (which has Cosford heritage) parked on up the grass and the sun swings round during the afternoon. :up:

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No flares for the Agusta 109. Unlikely that the F-16 will use them either but awaiting final decision based on operational constraints of host airfields.

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PeterR wrote:Spitfire MK356 will land on and sit on the grass flightline for the rest of the afternoon then depart later in the day. Hopefully a nice photo opportunity of the Sptifire (which has Cosford heritage) parked on up the grass and the sun swings round during the afternoon. :up:


Yaaaaas. I didn't even know it would be '356 appearing. Excellent. :up:

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Tommy wrote:
PeterR wrote:Spitfire MK356 will land on and sit on the grass flightline for the rest of the afternoon then depart later in the day. Hopefully a nice photo opportunity of the Sptifire (which has Cosford heritage) parked on up the grass and the sun swings round during the afternoon. :up:


Yaaaaas. I didn't even know it would be '356 appearing. Excellent. :up:


Excellent indeed - new scheme too! :clap:
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MK356 look forward to seeing it love the new scheme!!
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Ooh brilliant, looking forward to it :D

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Irish EC-135 on static :up:

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Brilliant news! The Irish Air Corps always give magnificent support to the airshows in Ireland, as well as my home town show in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Always great to see them :)

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A few images taken a few years back when working and staying on base with the Air Cadets These were taken between 4.45am and 5am give you an idea of the light levels for the photoshoot?? :dunno:

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alpha586 wrote:A few images taken a few years back when working and staying on base with the Air Cadets These were taken between 4.45am and 5am give you an idea of the light levels for the photoshoot?? :dunno:

[img][img]https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8583130600_2ca12be89e_b.jpg[/img]DSCF2620 by alpha586, on Flickr[/img]

[img][img]https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8506/8583130722_137f3e322a_b.jpg[/img]DSCF2614 by alpha586, on Flickr[/img]

[img][img]https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8582029279_faf4eec422_b.jpg[/img]DSCF2612 by alpha586, on Flickr[/img]


Not ideal, really! But fairplay for trying something new - hope it succeeds. Maybe sanity can be restored next year, without the need for a 4am start.

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Online and Hotline tickets are now SOLD OUT. There are still a few available at the museum and local tourist information centres. They are expecting a 60,000 person turnout so going to be pretty crowded!

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S'gonna be rammed. :hide:

Congrats to the team on the sell-out. Glad that the quite ambitious plans set out and worked for have yeiled the sweet ticket-sales fruit.

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Thinking of going to Cosford station on Saturday to watch arrivals and practice displays, what time is it best to get up there? Never done it before :)

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Congratulations to the organisers, but I think this could be quite unpleasant for us who are watching! I wish they would put the ticket price up for this show and reduce the number allowed on site. It's always my one gripe with Cosford is how crowded it gets (admittedly I don't think the crowdline is set out very well with lots of food stalls forcing people to watch from closer to the crowdline).

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MiG_Eater:

Cosford is my 'local' show so I go most years and the points you make about the 'crush' on the crowdline is correct. Now they have the option of off base parking they should ensure there is sufficient area between the rope at the crowdline and the first line of parked cars, based on the number of people they know to be attending the show.

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Ive been to Cosford for more years than I can remember and have never felt crushed. If you aim for crowd centre then yeah maybe so.. but there's always plenty of room at either end.

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MiG_Eater wrote: I wish they would put the ticket price up for this show


Oh christ, no thanks! :hide:

I get the point though. And the traffic, with the best management in the world, will be a pain.

To me, the more logical argument is that, if sell-outs and capacity crowds become routine, it shows that clearly the market exists for a two day airshow to at least be seriously looked at.

Its a shame because I would've thought that if there was any year to at least try it, it would've been this one. And the sell-out (loosely) confirms that, I think.

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I agree Tommy. This year was the one to make that stretch to the second day. All that effort to put such a great event together, and its a sell out, so firstly its going to be rammed making it even harder to see it all in a day, secondly there are going to be folks who wanted to go but missed out on tickets, and thirdly the event remains at the mercy of the weather on the day.

Despite seeing some things at the crack of dawn on Saturday, it won't be in context with the set dressing and reenactors, and I still somewhat concerned there are going to be swathes of the event I miss out on.

Don't get me wrong, I'm very much looking forward to it and I'm sure its going to be ace, but a weekend event would have befitted the special occasion.
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Been a busy week and I was going to get round to buying my ticket online....so yesterday was the day...SOLD OUT!! :oops:

Mad flap for 10 minutes, rang Chester Tourist Info office on the odd chance they might have some...They did, a book of them so into Chester and TICKET BOUGHT!!!!! :yahoo:

Day off stamped by Swmbo and now all we need is the weather gods to play ball.....
https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/0/6296663

Could be worse.....

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You've probs all seen it, but the banana jet arrived yesterday:

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Tommy wrote:You've probs all seen it, but the banana jet arrived yesterday:

[tweet]https://twitter.com/PeterReoch/status/1003196794283708416[/tweet]


It was always a buccaneerwig when I were a lad... :tumbleweed:

Fair play Cosford this show is going to be quite the gathering of classic jets. Superb effort.

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Tbf I'm sure Caper and/or st are around the corner ready to tell me off for calling it a bannana jet. I don't know if that nickname applied to all Buccs or just the Navy ones. :hide:

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