RAF Cosford Air Show 2018: Tickets go on sale for 'spectacular and interactive' show

By Mat Growcott | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

Tickets have gone on sale for next year's RAF Cosford Air Show, which organisers are promising will be the "most spectacular and interactive" yet.

More than 50,000 people turned out at 2017's display

Next year's celebration will look back at the last century of aviation to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Set to take place on June 10, the air show will include a first-of-its-kind chronological showcase of 100 aircraft, displaying the development of aeronautical design and capability over the past century.

The Boulton Paul Defiant MK1 will be on display during 2018's RAF Cosford Air Show

The first participant to be announced is the Boulton Paul Defiant I, a two-seat turret fighter which was used at night between 1940 and 1942.

The airframe, which will be on display at the Air Show, is part of the RAF Museum collection, and is the single surviving complete example of the type worldwide.

Built at Boulton Paul’s factory in Pendeford, Wolverhampton, in 1938, it is promised to be the first of many aircraft coming out on display for the centenary.

Clive Elliott, air show director, said: "Planning for the 2018 Air Show has been going on for a long time, the Royal Air Force’s centenary is such an important event to celebrate.

Thousands attended 2017's Cosford Air Show


"We have grand plans to make the RAF Cosford Air Show a once in a lifetime event to commemorate the RAF’s achievements, celebrate the RAF of today and inspire the public about the RAF’s future. “

Tickets for the air show went on sales, with organisers holding the price at £25.

They said that despite increasing costs, they wanted to continue to focus on offering value to visitors.

Those aged under 16 can attend the show for free.


The Royal Air Force was formed in 1918 and is running a number of events to mark its centenary next year.

From battle-winning dogfights high above the skies of Britain in the nation’s hour of need to more recent activities that include tackling terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, securing and protecting the skies above the UK and disaster relief around the world, all of it will be celebrated and highlighted during 2018's air show.

It follows on from a hugely successful 2017 show, which saw 50,000 people stream through the gates.

The six-hour flying display, which included a spectrum of aircraft ranging from the Red Arrows, 1930s warbirds and modern jet-fighters, received positive reviews from both families and aviation enthusiasts alike.

Planes on display last year included the A-200 Tornado, from the Italian Air Force, which was recognised with an award for its paint scheme.

The United States Air Force also sent a B-1B Lancer and B-52H Stratrofortress which both flew past during the event, making extremely rare public appearances.

It also included a display to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Swiss PC-7 Team was given the Hartree Memorial Trophy for best flying display.

Originally formed as the Historic Aircraft Flight in 1957, the RAF Cosford Air Show has since become a much-loved part of the force's annual programme.

Tickets are available to purchase from the Cosford Air Show website.

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Mat Growcott

By Mat Growcott
Reporter - @MGrowcott_Star

Shropshire Star reporter


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