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Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 are now on sale at only £25.00 per adult. Under 16s enter free, please do bring some form of proof of age if your child is over 13, it will speed your passage through the gate by helping our checkers determine the eligibility for free entry. Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 are only available in advance and will not be available to purchase at the gate. Please see our Terms & Conditions

Ticket Hotline:
Tickets for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 are also available to purchase on our telephone booking hotline. Please call 0871 230 1083. Please note that calls will be charged at 13p per minute and booking fees will apply.

Hospitality Enclosures:
There are a range of Hospitality options at the RAF Cosford Air Show. Please visit our Hospitality section for further information or call 01902 377922 to discuss the packages available.

Further information on our joint rail travel and show entry ticket will be available soon.

Group Travel:
If you are looking to attend the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 as part of an organised trip from your area please check our Coach Operators section to see which coach companies are running excursions near you.

Ticket Outlets:
Further information regarding Ticket Outlets will be available soon.

Tickets sold online and via our telephone booking line through our agent, SEE Tickets, are subject to a booking fee per order. If you have a question about your booking please contact SEE Tickets direct on 0871 230 1083 (calls cost 13p plus network charges) or click on here to track your tickets. The Air Show team are unable to help with enquiries relating to SEE Tickets purchases.

By purchasing tickets online, over the phone or from an outlet you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.

All proceeds of the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to RAF and Local Charities.

Are tickets available on the gate?
No, tickets are advanced sale only. Do not travel to the event without a pre-purchased ticket. Tickets are available online , via the ticket hotline and at selected outlets .

What is the date for the 2018 Event?
The date for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 is Sunday 10th June 2018.

What time do Gates open?
Gates will be open at 07:30.

What time does the event finish?
The flying display will finish at approximately 17:30 with the showground closing at 19:00.

Are there Cash withdrawal facilities?
Yes, there are cash machines on site which charge a small fee for withdrawals. Location details can be found on the Showground map at information points.

How much does the Souvenir programme cost?
Programmes cost £6.00 and will be available from outlets and roaming sellers across the showground.

Are there Toilets provided?
Yes, there a large number of toilets located across the showground for public use. Location details can be found on the Showground map at information points.

Are Baby changing facilities available?
Yes, there are baby changing facilities located adjacent to the toilet blocks. Location details can be found on the Showground map at information points.

Is there local accommodation where I can stay?
There are many local hotels and campsites in the local area. Please visit the local Tourist Information site for information on local accommodation.

Where can I drop off/pick up a passenger?
Due to the one-way traffic system put in place for the Air Show you are not able to drop off/pick up passengers at the airfield.

Are there First aid facilities on site?
First aid facilities are located around the site and are manned by trained Red Cross personnel. See Showground Map for locations.

Is there Seating?
Seating is only provided in our hospitality enclosures; The Cosford Club and VIP Hospitality. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating (folding chairs/picnic blankets).

Where can I buy an RAF Cosford Air Show DVD?
The RAF Cosford Air Show DVD is available from the PlanesTV Website.

How much are tickets?
Tickets are on sale at £25.00 per adult. Tickets will not be available at the gate. Under 16s are free when accompanied by an adult.

Where can I buy advanced tickets?
You are able to purchase advanced tickets online via the SeeTickets website. Tickets will also be available in selected local Visitor Information Centres and the RAF Museum at both Cosford and Hendon. See the ticket section on our website for more information.

What Hospitality packages are available?
Please visit the Hospitality section to find out more about Hospitality packages available at the Air Show. To purchase Hospitality tickets please call 01902 377922 or email hospitality@cosfordairshow.co.uk.

Do children need tickets?
Children between the ages of 5 and 16 will require a free ticket. These tickets will be available with your adult tickets at your point of purchase.

Do you offer Concessionary prices?
As the RAF Cosford Air Show is self-funded, not-for-profit event with no financial support from the MOD we do not offer individual concessionary prices. All profits from the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 will be donated to the RAF100 Appeal.

What are the event Terms and Conditions?
Please click here to view our Terms and Conditions.

What is your Refund policy?
As per our Terms and Conditions it is not our policy to refund ticket purchases.

Where do your Profits go?
All profits from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to local and service charities in support of military personnel, their families and the local community. For 2018, any profits will be donated to the RAF100 charitable appeal. In the last 5 years almost £1,000 000 has been donated to our nominated charities.

How do I apply for a Press Pass?
If you are an accredited member of the press and wish to contact us about our press facilites, please contact the Air Show Press Officer at cos-mcco@mod.uk.

I am a Coach travel organiser how do I get tickets?
If you are looking at arranging a coach trip to the RAF Cosford Air Show please email info@cosfordairshow.co.uk with a completed Coach Booking form available here.

How can I book a trip for my Cadet Squadron?
For information on booking a Cadet trip to the RAF Cosford Air Show please email info@cosfordairshow.co.uk.

Is parking on hard standing or grass?
All visitors parking is on grass, however, there is a small amount of concrete available which is reserved for disabled parking and motorbike parking. Please note disabled parking is filled on a first come, first serve basis.

What is the postcode for RAF Cosford to put into my Sat Nav?
The postcode TF11 8UP will guide you to the local area, however, once you start seeing signs for the RAF Cosford Air Show please turn off your satellite navigation and follow them. For further directions please visit our Travel section, for up-to-date traffic and travel information on the day keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter and tune into Radio Cosford on 87.9FM.

Can I travel to the show by train?
With the Cosford train station less than 300m from the entrance to the Air Show, travelling by rail is one of the most convenient ways to arrive. Details regarding extra trains will be released closer to the show. Please note that this train station does not have disabled access.

Which Coach companies are operating near me?
To find coach companies operating trips to the Air Show from your area please visit the Coach Operators page.

Can I arrive on a bicycle?
Yes, there are facilities to park your bicycle, however, the security of the bicycle is the sole responsibility of the owner. Bicycles are not permitted for use on the showground.

Is Motorbike parking available?
Motorbike parking is available on a small amount of hard standing ground on the site, however, the security of the motorbike is the sole responsibility of the owner. Please follow the signs for motorbike parking on your approach to the event.

Are Campervans allowed?
The restriction is by size and weight rather than the type of vehicle. Vehicles up to 7M in length and 7.5t gross weigh are permitted into the car park. If your vehicle is larger or heavier please do not travel to the airfield in it. Please note as parking is on grass we are unable to guarantee the ground state.

Is parking free?
Yes, parking is included in the price of admission.

Where will I be parked?
There is a limited amount of off base car parking to the North East of the airfield. Our traffic management team will adapt to the conditions and flows on the day, therefore we can never guarantee where cars will be parked. However, the majority of vehicles coming from the East and South will be on base, and those coming from the West and North will be equally split between on and off base. Please note that those parked in the off base car park are likely to benefit from a speedier entry and exit than those on base.

When can I get out?
The one way systems put in place to assist visitors getting into the show are usually reversed around 13:00 which will allow exit through Gate 2. Gate 4 (exit off the A464) will only be open from approximately 08:30 until approximately 11:00 during the inbound phase. This gate will not open for departures until the flying display has finished which will be approximately 18:00. All vehicles arriving through Gate 4 will be parked on base. If you have arrived through Gate 4 and need to leave the event before 18:00 you must make your way to Gate 2.

Aircraft Displays
What aircraft will be on display?
To see the list of current confirmed participants for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2017 please visit the Aircraft Displays section. Attendance of aircraft is dependent on a number of factors, so we can never guarantee the appearance of any particular aircraft, and the Event Organisers endeavour to provide an entertaining six hour flying display with a mix of military and civilian aircraft.

When will Flying display timings be available?
The timings for the flying display will be available in the Souvenir Programme on the day. Timings are not released in advance as they are subject to change.

Why do some aircraft disappear from your attendance list?
There are a number of reasons an aircraft may have to cancel its appearance at the event. These include Operational Commitments & Aircraft Serviceability which are outside the control of the Event Organiser.

What time does the flying display start/finish.
The flying display will start at approximately 11:30

Will there be increased noise?
Yes, across the Air Show weekend (Wednesday 6th June – Monday 11th June) there will be increased aircraft activity and noise in the local area of RAF Cosford. For further information please contact the Air Show Office directly on 01902 377922.

Can I fly in with my own aircraft?
The RAF Cosford Air Show no longer accepts general aviation visitors on the day of the show. However, if you operate a vintage/interesting aircraft type there is the opportunity to join our static aircraft displays. For more details contact the Air Show Office on 01902 377922.

How accessible is the Air Show for people with disabilities?
There is a dedicated disabled car park with a dedicated hosting team to ensure disabled people are well looked after at the air show. The disabled car park is connected via a hard standing taxiway to the main thoroughfare of trader, exhibitors and displays. Follow the nationally recognised 'wheelchair' symbol to be directed to the disabled car park. Please note the disabled car park is filled on a first come, first serve basis and spaces cannot be booked.

How do I book a wheelchair/scooter?
Event Mobility is delighted to be providing electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors at the show.
To reserve an electric scooter or manual wheelchair you can book on line at www.eventmobility.org.uk, print out an advance booking form from the website or contact the office on 01386 725391 to request a form to be posted to you. The charity asks £25 for an electric scooter and £10 for a manual wheelchair.

Please be aware that advance bookings cannot be made by phone.

Does the Train station have disabled access?
Unfortunately, the Cosford train station does not have disabled access. We cannot recommend the use of Cosford train station to people who are unable to manage steps.

Are Assistance Dogs allowed?
Assistance and guide dogs are welcome to the Air Show, no other dogs or pets are permitted. Please note the Air Show site is usually very crowded, noisy and often very hot. These conditions are uncomfortable and potentially frightening for most animals.

Are Disabled toilets available?
Yes, disabled toilet facilities are available at various locations across the show ground and next to the disabled parking area.

Can I bring
A Dog?
No, unless it is an assistance or guide dog which are always welcome. Other pets are not permitted to enter the airfield as the Air Show site can be very crowded, noisy and often very hot. These conditions are uncomfortable and potentially frightening for most animals.

A BBQ/Gas Cooker?
Due to the vast number of fire hazards located on an airfield cooking equipment is not permitted at the Air Show. If you breach this rule you may be asked to leave the event.

A Tent/Gazebo?
Tents, Gazebos and similar items are not permitted along the crowd line as they are a flight safety hazard. These items are at risk of being blown away and can cause considerable damage to aircraft and disrupt airfield operations, they also block the view of other visitors. Smaller shelters can be erected away from the crowdline but please be respectful of other visitors when positioning them.

My own Food and Drink?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink to the Air Show. We do have a catering company that sells a wide range of hot and cold food should you choose not to.

A Remote Controlled Aircraft / Drone / UAV?
The operation of remote control devices and unmanned aircraft systems is not permitted by law at airfields. Restrictions of Flying Regulations will be established under Article 161 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 on 10th June 2018 at Royal Air Force Cosford. As such no Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems/drones shall be flown at this location or within a 6-mile radius of the airfield.

Travelling to the Air Show by Car

RAF Cosford is easy to find by road, it is located just off the A41, approximately 1 mile south of Junction 3 of the M54.

If you're using your Sat Nav to find your way to the Air Show, please use the postcode TF11 8UP and then follow the 'Air Show' signs

Car parking is on grass, although there are a limited number of spaces on hard standing reserved for disabled drivers.

Travelling by bike or motorbike, you'll be directed to a dedicated site to park up. Please note that the RAF Cosford Air Show is not responsible for these.

Make sure to listen to Radio Cosford on 87.9 For up-to-date traffic and travel information on the day.

Taxis and dropping off

It is not recommended to travel to the Air Show in a taxi or any service where you expect to be dropped off as the roads into the show become a one-way system and vehicles are unable to turn around and leave until the police reverse the traffic flow which is usually after lunchtime. Please find alternative means of travel.

Off Base Car Parking

There is a limited amount of off base car parking to the North East of the airfield. Our traffic management team will adapt to the conditions and flows on the day, so we are unable to guarantee where cars will be parked. However, the majority of vehicles coming from the East and South will be on base, and those coming from the West and North will be equally split between on and off base.

*Please note that those parked in the off base car park are likely to benefit from a speedier entry and exit than those on base

Arriving through Gate 4

Gate 4 (off the A464) will only be open until approximately 10:30 during the inbound phase, and will not open again until approximately 1800 once the flying display has finished. All vehicles arriving through Gate 4 will be parked on base. If you need to leave the event before 1800, you must make your way to Gate 2. Please expect some delays if you do need to do this.

Travelling to the Air Show by Rail

The RAF Cosford Air Show is highly accessible by rail. There is a comprehensive network surrounding us and Cosford station is adjacent to the airfield just two hundred metres from all of the action.

We are currently working with the three train operators that service the Cosford station to ensure that we provide as much rail capacity as we can on the day. On Air Show day additional train services will be operating to and from Cosford and full details will be released soon.

Joint rail travel and show entry tickets will be available to purchase, however, accompanied under 16s have free entry to the Air Show so you will only need to buy their travel ticket.

Travelling to the Air Show by Coach

Travelling by coach is an affordable and easy way to travel to the RAF Cosford Air Show. With a variety of group travel organisers and coach operators across the country attending the show if you are looking at arriving by coach there is sure to be one near you! There are some exclusive prices and discounts that may be available from your local provider.
Click here to see a list of coach operators which have confirmed bookings to visit the Air Show.


The RAF Cosford Air Show 2018 will feature a unique mix of aircraft, spanning the 100-year history of the Royal Air Force, which will be showcased in the flying display and in our special RAF100 static exhibition. This is a never before seen collection of aircraft that gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the revolution of air power over the last 100 years.

Here you'll find the complete list of all the exciting aircraft that are officially confirmed for display at the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018. The aircraft are listed by which era of Royal Air Force history they correspond to, part of our RAF100 Vision.

We aim to update this participation list on a regular basis, with aircraft added when written confirmation from their operator is received. Most military aircraft will not be able to confirm their attendance until Spring 2018, so keep checking back for more information!

Boulton Paul Defiant I
RAF Museum
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Hawker Siddley Harrier GR3
RAF Cosford Air Show Office
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Jaguar GR1
RAF Cosford, 1 SoTT
More Information
Westland Wessex
RAF St Mawgan
More Information
F-4K Phantom II
BPAG / GJD Services
More Information
Grob Tutor T1
University of Brirmingham
More Information
Panavia Tornado GR4
RAF Cosford 1 SoTT
More Information
RAF Cosford 1 SoTT
More Information

Please note that aircraft are only added to this participation list upon written confirmation from the aircraft operator. However, all aircraft participation is dependent on aircraft serviceability, operational commitments and appropriate weather conditions. The RAF Cosford Air Show cannot be held responsible for any last-minute changes to the programme for reasons outside the control of the Event Organisers.





Many of the ground displays at the Air Show this year will be focused on our unique RAF100 static exhibition. Our ambitious vision for this important celebration means there will be even more attractive and exciting things to see and do on the ground this year, over and above our highly popular attractions.

Our hangar displays allow you to see behind the scenes at RAF Cosford and discover what training to become qualified RAF Technicians and Engineers looks like! With a number of military units based at RAF Cosford this is your opportunity to get hands on and find out what life in the Royal Air Force is really all about. There will be displays from the Defence School of Aeronautic Engineering, No.1 Radio School, Defence School of Photography, RAF School of Physical Education and many more.

Over the past 5 years, our STEM Hangar has grown to become a must-visit attraction at the Air Show. Showcasing the best that the RAF, Industry and academia have to offer in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, the STEM Hangar is an ideal chance to get real hands on experience of what it is like to be in some of the most diverse and exciting careers available. Gather information about future education opportunities and see just where your passions for all things STEM could take you..!

We know our visitors love visiting our Vintage Village each year, as we transport them back in time with classic vehicles, period entertainment and a vintage tea room. So for 2018 we're expanding and hosting 3 different villages! These form part of the special RAF100 static exhibitions and tie in with our RAF100 celebrations.

As well as looking at the history of the Royal Air Force, our RAF Village will showcase the very best of today's Royal Air Force. You'll be able to explore the range of RAF Careers available as both a Regular or Reservist. As well as hands on displays and exhibitions – including a mock-up Chinook helicopter - a number of Royal Air Force display teams will have a ground presence in the RAF Village, including your chance to meet the RAF Red Arrows pilots!
2018 marks the Royal Air Force's centenary, and throughout the year there will be numerous events across the United Kingdom to Commemorate, Celebrate and Inspire as part of 'RAF100'. With Royal Air Force Cosford hosting the Royal Air Force's only official Air Show, our event forms a key element of the RAF100 celebrations.

Our mission for the Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show 2018 is to create the most spectacular and interactive Air Show tribute to the Royal Air Force's centenary. Headlining the RAF100 celebrations at RAF Cosford will be a unique ground display involving 100 aircraft (representing 100 years), showcasing the history of the Royal Air Force in chronological order across the airfield site. The display will be arranged in four zones, each covering key events of the past century. This will enable visitors to walk the site and journey through the history of the Royal Air Force, and aviation as a whole. Returning visitors will recognise elements of our highly popular 'Vintage Villages' represented in each zone, where visitors will be immersed in the period's history.

RAF100 will be the sole theme for the flying display at the RAF Cosford Air Show 2018. With 100 years of history to cover, the programme will include a huge number of historic Royal Air Force aircraft. The flying display programme will be flown in chronological order immersing our visitors in the RAF100 story and showcasing how aircraft and air power has developed during the last 100 years.

This will truly be a spectacular tribute to the world's oldest independent Air Force.



The RAF Cosford Air Show offers one of the most exciting opportunities in the year to entertain customers, colleagues or friends. Whether you wish to host corporate clients or celebrate & thank staff in one of our luxurious VIP enclosures or want to enjoy the show with family and friends in a crowdline marquee and garden, we can provide the perfect venue and the best entertainment.

Cosford Club

Ideal for both families and enthusiasts being centrally located on the crowdline ensuring a fantastic view of the display. Freshly made picnic- style produce served from the marquee is available to purchase throughout the day including hot & cold drinks, real ale & pitchers of Pimms. You are, of course, very welcome to bring along your own picnics too!

New for 2018: Online Booking!!! To book your places for Cosford Club please click here.

Frank Whittle Chalet

This VIP chalet situated alongside the Station Commander's guest enclosure provides a more informal corporate experience and is ideal for hosting guests with families. It's also a perfect package for family groups and treating someone special! To book your place in the Whittle Chalet, please contact us via email at hospitality@cosfordairshow.co.uk or call 01902 377922.

Trenchard Chalet

The Trenchard Chalet is perfect for entertaining corporate clients, sharing a garden area with the Station Commander's Enclosure giving you and your clients access to key military & aerospace guests for unique networking opportunities. The chalet is also a perfect venue for couples and groups of friends to enjoy the Air Show with sumptuous dining and stimulating company. To book your place in the Trenchard Chalet, please contact us via email at hospitality@cosfordairshow.co.uk or call 01902 377922.

Hospitality Quick Check List

Cosford Club
Entry to Show
Crowdline Enclosure
Private Toilets
Souvenir Programme
Pay as you dine
Pay Bar
Two course buffet lunch
VIP Parking
Hosted by RAF Officers
Morning Coffee
Afternoon Tea
Bucks Fizz Reception
Four Course Lunch
Complimentary Bar
Child (5 - 15)
Child (Under 5)

*unless they require a seat.

NEW FOR 2018: Squadron Reunion Enclosure

If you are organising a reunion for your squadron members why not book places in this crowdline enclosure and enjoy reuniting and reminiscing in a perfect spot to enjoy the Air Show.

Private Enclosures

Would your company prefer a bespoke hospitality package? Tell us what you want and we can make it happen as we create a bespoke solution tailored to your individual requirements. Are you organising a reunion or special family occasion? Let us know what you would like to make the day really special and we can create a package to suit.

For further details on any of our unique opportunities to entertain, please contact us at hospitality@cosfordairshow.co.uk or call 01902 377922 and we will be happy to create the perfect package for you.
Welcoming over 55,000 members of the public, the RAF Cosford Air Show is the largest one-day event in the Midlands. With over a kilometre of Trade and Exhibition space this is an opportunity to showcase your goods you won't want to miss. If you would like to discuss Trade and Exhibition opportunities further, please contact us at info@cosfordairshow.co.uk

Site Regulations
Trade Space Application Form


Our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths hangar is one of the most popular areas of the show for people of all ages to visit. With interactive displays targeted towards younger generations looking to join the fields, the STEM Hangar is an ideal location for highlighting your organisation to like-minded individuals and encourage young people in to the fields of STEM. For more information in how to get involved in our STEM Hangar please contact the Air Show Office at info@cosfordairshow.co.uk

Catering and Refreshments

All public catering and refreshments at the RAF Cosford Air Show are provided by MPM catering and we cannot accept applications from individual catering vans/companies wishing to attend. If you would like to contact MPM catering, please email info@mpmcatering.co.uk
RAF Cosford Air Show offers unparalleled opportunities to promote your company. Whether you are a major brand wishing to reach an affluent audience of 55,000, a local company hoping to raise awareness of your services, or a defence supplier waving the flag for the Royal Air Force, there's something to suit all budgets.

Choose from our range of existing packages or let us create a tailor-made package to help you achieve your specific aims. Our current sponsors range from international brands, key players from the defence industry & education sector and local businesses.

"Off the shelf" packages include the Souvenir Programme, Air Cadet Village, Aircrew Hosting and Public Information. Our highly popular STEM packages offer great value for money. Over the past three years the Vintage Village has become one of the most popular showground attractions, as part of our RAF 100 celebrations there will be three commemorative Villages, all of which are available for sponsorship.

New and exciting sponsorship choices include the RAF Lifestyle Hangar and the opportunity to become Air Show Photographic Partner.

This is just a selection of what we can offer with prices to suit all budgets. Please get in touch to talk about the right package for your company to suit your aims and ambitions.

For further details on sponsorship or advertising your company at the RAF Cosford Air Show please contact our Deputy Director Marilyn Summers on 01902 377922 or email office@cosfordairshow.co.uk



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  • Phone: 01902 377922
  • Information Line 0844 561 1897
    (Calls cost 5p per minute plus network extras)
  • Email: info@cosfordairshow.co.uk
  • Address: Air Show Office
    RAF Cosford
    WV7 3EX