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RAF Cosford Air Show 2020 Cancelled Over Coronavirus

The event had originally been postponed from June to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has now been called off completely.

The 2020 RAF Cosford Air Show has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show had earlier been postponed to September, as organisers said they were "unable to guarantee normality" for the start of the event on 14 June.

The Royal Air Force says the decision has "not been taken lightly", adding that staging the event in September has also been prevented by "necessary precautions" implemented by the UK and international governments over COVID-19.

In a statement, the RAF also pointed to its reliance on support from a wide range of groups and individuals to make the event work, including international air forces, local civilian services, commercial sponsors and volunteers.

Despite being "very disappointed for all those who wished to attend", the RAF says it believes the health and well-being of the public and serving personnel "must come first" and is always "our top priority".

Instead, the Royal Air Force said it looks forward instead to welcoming visitors and its partners to the 2021 event, for a display of "the very best of aerospace and aviation"

The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford between 17 and 19 July, one of the biggest air shows in the world, was cancelled earlier this year, as well as the Royal Navy International Air Day 2020 at RNAS Yeovilton on 11 July.

Cover image: RAF Cosford Air Show  2019 (Picture: Crown Copyright).