Cosford Airshow 2024 - 9th June 2024

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Tickets on sale Friday 17th November.

https://cosfordairshow.co.uk/tickets/
This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom; Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground; And immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme.
Going to hold off buying tickets for 2024 until I see the line-up take form. Bought tickets right away for 2022 & 2023 but left quite disappoitment with the lack of communication and updates, especially in 2023. Started strong but then went silent for weeks, maybe a month at a time.

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Yep, likewise. Had hotel and tickets booked by January last year - but this year was such a disappointment. Lets see what they manage...

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Yes, me too. Its not so much the lack of updates that bothered me, rather what was ultimately presented.

I usually buy Cosford Club quite early. I'll hang fire for a while I think.

I'm rooting for Cosford, hopefully they can get back on form in 2024.

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Being down the road ill probably end up going, but i think this year is going to be very sink or swim.
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Cole wrote:
Wed 15 Nov 2023, 8:40 pm
Being down the road ill probably end up going, but i think this year is going to be very sink or swim.
Only from the point of view of aviation 'enthusiasts' - the locals and families will turn up anyway as long as the Reds, BBMF and the Typhoon are scheduled. Indeed, they probably don't even consult the list of acts scheduled to appear before purchasing tickets. You only have to look at the comments on 'the socials' following a lack lustre Cosford - "Absolutely loved it!! When can I get tickets for next year??"

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Indeed. The show sells out every year. The Reds will be there as it’s before their overseas tour kicks off, doubtless along with the Typhoon, Chinook, BBMF and Falcons. So the target audience of locals and families will be more than happy once again.

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Prices seem to have gone up since last year, 40 quid for an adult this year. Kids still free. Looking at last year it was 34, so near 20% price increase wonder if that comes with a 20% increase in quality!
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Cosford club up to £80 :O

It was only £60 a few years back.

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The RAF Cosford Air Show will return on Sunday 9th June 2024.

A capacity crowd of 55,000 people attended the Air Show in 2023 and organisers are promising the same excitement in the air and on the ground for 2024.

This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Kickstart your interest in a career in the RAF, and develop an understanding of what the Service does for the defence of the United Kingdom; Get close to the cutting edge of technology with RAF aircraft & unique attractions across the showground; And immerse yourself in a thrilling, action-packed flying display programme.

RAF Cosford Air Show Chair, Wing Commander Justin Blackie, said: ‘I am delighted that we can announce the return of the air show today. It’s a highlight of the air show calendar and an important event for the Royal Air Force and aviation in general.

‘The air show remains a great way for us to engage with the public, to showcase the Royal Air Force’s capabilities and to celebrate the Service’s history while looking forward to the next generation of its people and technology. I am very much looking forward to the event and I hope to see returning enthusiasts, but also many new faces, it’s a great family day out.’

Organisers are already talking to colleagues from across Defence, partners from other nations’ air forces and members of the wider private aviation community to see what aircraft are available to display on the Shropshire base.

For the 2024 Air Show, Standard Adult Tickets are on sale for £40 with Under-16s still entering the air show for free, when accompanied by a paying adult. This year, organisers have introduced a new scheme to freeze a limited number of tickets at last year’s price.

Marilyn Summers, the Air Show’s Commercial Director said: ‘We know how important it is to keep the Air Show going for future generations. Over the last few years, prices have gone up across the board and we've felt the pinch in everything from aviation fuel to toilet hire. We have absorbed all rising costs since 2019, but this year we've had to increase ticket prices to ensure we can continue to bring you an amazing show year after year.

‘We're committed to making the Air Show as affordable as possible for everyone, which is why we've frozen a limited quantity of tickets at last year’s price, to give families a great opportunity to buy tickets for only £34, saving 15% on the standard ticket price.’

Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show go on sale at 10am on Friday 17th November 2023 and can be purchased at www.CosfordAirShow.co.uk

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I got the same mail yesterday… but it went automatically into “junk” which has never happened before.

That’s an ominous sign…..

I do hope that lessons have been learned in regards participation communication. There’s really little excuse in todays media opportunities for disclosure. Last year was poor, I’m sure we all agree.

Probably sell out anyway 😅

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UK Airshow Review wrote:
Thu 16 Nov 2023, 7:30 pm
The RAF Cosford Air Show will return on Sunday 9th June 2024.

A capacity crowd of 55,000 people attended the Air Show in 2023 and organisers are promising the same excitement in the air and on the ground for 2024. So none at all.

This year’s theme is ‘Take Flight.’ Seriously, who came up with that? It would be a pretty crap air show without it!
not hopeful after that turgid drivel.
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Mike wrote:
Thu 16 Nov 2023, 2:00 pm
Indeed. The show sells out every year. The Reds will be there as it’s before their overseas tour kicks off, doubtless along with the Typhoon, Chinook, BBMF and Falcons. So the target audience of locals and families will be more than happy once again.
That is half the problem, you get the above (and in the past the Vulcan) and 80 percent of people attending will be more than happy. With any luck this year Cosford will attract the same sort of international support it was doing in the years before the pandemic, 2017-19 is already seeming like a bit of a golden era when it comes to Cosford.

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*I’d say 2015 - 19 to be fair. That’s when it really kicked into that higher gear in terms of a return of international teams, but your point remains the same.

I suppose hopefully there will be a bit of inertia with the foreign stuff. It seems like once a show gets onto the regular diaries of European solos etc, it takes a bit of time to drop off again.

However, at least enthusiasts can’t say they weren’t warned. Buying a ticket purely on the basis of the show’s previous reputation clearly isn’t enough.

Or, of course, the team could surprise us all. I hope they do.

The theme sounds incredibly corporate and ineffectual. The type of thing that sounds lovely at board meetings but meaningless on the ground, but happy to be wrong.

I wish them the best of luck, of course.

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This is going down like a sack of spuds.

Really is this what we need, LESS room on the crowd line, felt like sardines last year.

I dread to think what its gonna be like this year.

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They can't even tell people what side of the Cosford Club it will be on yet expect people to fork out £80?

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So, Cosford who defended themselves last year when they had a pisspoor line-up of aircraft by saying "it's for the families" and now they're launching this new enclosure (Jerry Fray) which is aimed at photographers and aviation enthusiast, with your £80 ticket getting you a crowd centre view and the chance to borrow Canon cameras too shoot into the sun. I'd be surprised if any self respecting aviation enthusiast buys a ticket for the show, let alone this enclosure, without some aircraft announcements in the coming months, and some thought going into the bookings to create an interesting aircraft line-up., rather than the drivel of 2023 and shambles of 2022.

I'm sure they might get lucky and get a Belgian F-16 or French Rafale again, and all will be forgiven by some, but last years event was death by a thousand cuts. It didn't just need a couple of afterburning jets, it needed creativity and ambition for the civilian aircraft bookings rather than a random assortment of acts. We know it can be done, we've seen previous and at other shows for 2024. Today the Midlands Air Festival announced a Sabre for their line-up, in addition to the already confirmed Draken, for goodness sake! On the grapevine there is talk that the MAF team are working together with Duxford to share european display items across their shows which are the weekend before cosford. I hope the staff in Shropshire might get involved in such discussions?

I've bitten my tongue since last month when the "theme" was announced. But really... 'Take Flight' is pathetic. Surely a D-Day 80th anniversary theme wouldn't have been beyond the wit of man for a show being held in mid-June. The American Dakotas would have looked fantastic parked on the grass at Cosford, perhaps one or two parked in the popular Vintage Village which Cosford always does so well. Throw in the Ultimate Fighters from Sywell, some Grasshoppers and Blenheim and it's an attractive proposition. If the wider RAF continue the pathetic support of Cosford with no modern day military assets, at their home of engineering training, the team need to be invoative and control their own destiny by booking interesting civilian display acts. Last year there were multiple reports on social media of display items (including the strikemasters) offering themselves to the team to perform at the show but they were ignored... that is criminal if true!

It's a shame both Midlands Air Festival and Cosford are photogenically poor, with a south facing crowd, but my money is on MAF to deliver a better flying display for significantly cheaper ticket price. Tin Hat On!

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Tommy wrote:
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*I’d say 2015 - 19 to be fair. That’s when it really kicked into that higher gear in terms of a return of international teams, but your point remains the same.

I suppose hopefully there will be a bit of inertia with the foreign stuff. It seems like once a show gets onto the regular diaries of European solos etc, it takes a bit of time to drop off again.

However, at least enthusiasts can’t say they weren’t warned. Buying a ticket purely on the basis of the show’s previous reputation clearly isn’t enough.

Or, of course, the team could surprise us all. I hope they do.

The theme sounds incredibly corporate and ineffectual. The type of thing that sounds lovely at board meetings but meaningless on the ground, but happy to be wrong.

I wish them the best of luck, of course.
Yes maybe on reflection you could say 2015 onwards for the international stuff at Cosford, really did feel for the team in 2015 when the weather and cancellations really went against them, but still a great day out with plenty to enjoy. Did not attend in 2016 due to being away for a wedding that weekend so cant really pass comment on that year but 17,18,19 all great events.

As for take flight well I may come across as flippant here but it feels like a theme that means anything goes really, you could have anything from a WW1 type on static up to the F-35 flying and it all could come under "take flight", so if we get flying and static displays of any sort someone can tick the theme complied with box in the post show review.

Have not made my mind up on attending in 2024 yet, taking a wait and see approach for now, hopefully the team at Cosford can pull a few rabbits out the bag and we are all sat here in 12 months time talking about how Cosford was one of the shows of 2024.

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Seeing the Midlands Air Fest book the Draken and Sabre and my first Cosford experience last year being awful, honestly weighing up attending the former next year.

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anyone got any high hopes for the frecce tricolori appearing at Cosford next June? I know it seems unlikely myself, but you never know as their north American tour begins on June 22-23!

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One can but hope, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Putting aside the apparent change of direction for Cosford post-pandemic for a second, it’s also worth remembering that Cosford is competing with ILA Berlin (albeit this is a trade show so slightly different), the Danish Airshow, and Festival Aéreo de Motril in Spain amongst others. All of which are relatively medium/big-hitters on the European circuit.

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Lets compare some June airshow announcements:

Danish; German Tornados and Orion.
Duxford; Red Bull and Dakotas.
Midlands; Sabre, Draken, Red Bull, and more.
Sywell; tens of warbirds.
Cosford; Confirmed they're still poor at communicating.

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Spotty_Jag wrote:
Thu 11 Jan 2024, 12:13 pm
Lets compare some June airshow announcements:

Danish; German Tornados and Orion.
Duxford; Red Bull and Dakotas.
Midlands; Sabre, Draken, Red Bull, and more.
Sywell; tens of warbirds.
Cosford; Confirmed they're still poor at communicating.
Cosford has "Take flight" announced.
A possible definition of which per the dictionary is to run away or leave a place eg Startled, the herd of aircraft enthusiasts took flight.
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With Duxford D-Day Summer show booked I won't be at Cosford this year. Disappointed nothing has been announced when nearly every other big show has multiple announcements already (Yeah, I know it's only Jan)

I just weon't commit to a show outside of RIAT now without announcements being made first. Duxford being the week before Cosford mae a few, and they announced multiple I haven't seen before, and a mass Dakota flypast is very appealing.

Pull your finger out of your backside, Cosford.

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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 4383261528

Event Administrator/General Dogs body job going at Cosford for the air show.

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Don’t know if I’m clutching at straws but the Cosford Instagram seems to be hinting at an F16 appearance for 2024. That’s based on the post and a comment I saw 👀

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