RAF Cosford Air Show Cancelled For Second Year Running

Plans are already under way for a 2022 return for the air show.

The RAF Cosford Air Show has been cancelled for the second year running because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers for the 2021 event said they took the "difficult" decision following the four-week delay to the final step out of lockdown and the spread of the Delta variant of the virus, with "too much uncertainty surrounding factors which are outside of our control".

A statement said the decision "ensures that the future of RAF Cosford Air Shows is secure" and allows the team to "focus on our grand return to the skies in 2022".

The Shropshire-based event had originally been postponed from June and rescheduled to the weekend of the 11 and 12 September instead. 

A view of the airfield at the 2019 RAF Cosford Air Show (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The organisers say they are "devastated" to cancel again but that the "safety of the public, as well as our serving personnel, and the financial security of future shows must be our priorities".

Plans are already under way for the show's return in 2022, which will tell a 70-year story of aviation and royalty – commemorating the achievements in aviation and engineering during the Queen's reign.

The 2020 RAF Cosford Air Show was similarly cancelled because of the pandemic after initially being moved from its date in June to September.

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