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RAF Cosford Air Show to return after two years

The Shropshire show is returning after an absence due to COVID, with plans to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee during the event.

Aircraft will return to the skies for the RAF Cosford Air Show this summer for the first time in two years.

The show, to be held on Sunday 12 June, will celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and tell a 70-year story of aviation and royalty, organisers said.

The last two air shows at the base in Shropshire were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Air show chairman Wing Commander Kenny Wickens said: "We are delighted to announce the return of the RAF Cosford Air Show after two difficult years.

"A huge amount of work has been done in the early stages of planning this event to ensure we can provide a safe and enjoyable show for all of our visitors and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to RAF Cosford for a day of celebration and entertainment."

RAF Cosford media officer Squadron Leader Chris Wilson told Forces News the airshow will be "coming back with a big bang".

"We've got two years' worth of pent-up ideas and things that we want to do," he said.

Themed displays for this year's event will help tell the story of the Queen's 70 years on the throne – the first monarch to ever do so.

"Every year we would normally look for themes that we are interested in, anniversaries, events that we want to commemorate," Sqn Ldr Wilson said.

"But, of course, 2022 being Her Majesty the Queen's platinum jubilee, there really was only one theme we could go for and that is to commemorate, remember and celebrate her 70 years on the throne."

Displays from the Royal Air Force, as well as a 'Vintage Village' and immersive story-telling experiences, are all part of the plans for the show.

Organisers said all tickets from the cancelled 2020 RAF Cosford Air Show will carry over to this year's event unless a refund has already been requested.

The air show is an advance ticket-only event, with standard adult entry costing £34. Click here for availability.