Sunday, 11 June 2017 played host to one of the most anticipated Airshows of the year, the RAF Cosford Airshow. Supported by the Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Cosford RAeS Branch, the RAeS had a stand in the STEM Hangar, alongside other professional institutions and companies in the aerospace sector.
The Airshow itself had an excellent flying display lined up, but a typical British summer’s day meant that most displays were postponed until the afternoon. Nevertheless, the Red Arrows managed their full display, as did the Chinook and the Apache display teams, along with the RAF Falcons parachute display team. Visitors were also treated to a fantastic Tornado display from the Italian Air Force, as well as the Swiss Acrobatic team, along with a truly thrilling Battle of Britain Memorial Flight display.
The Society stand had the young members’ 3D printer, two flight simulators and a paper plane building challenge. As always, the flight simulators proved to be very popular. The stand also had a montage of various SBAP aircrafts and their achievements that familiarised visitors with the project. We were also very lucky to get a visit from North East Wolverhampton Academy and Ernesford Grange Community Academy students, who are both involved in their respective SBAP projects.
G-GWFT, one of the SBAP aircraft, now owned by the Georgia Williams Trust, was also present at the Airshow in another hangar. It proved to be popular with youngsters as they got to climb in a real aircraft!
Overall, it was a successful day. The RAeS would like to thank the RAeS local branch and RAF Cosford for a wonderful Airshow and we look forward to being there in 2018!