Final countdown as planes take to the skies in practice for the RAF air show at Cosford

Preparing for the RAF Cosford Air Show, at RAF Cosford a tornado on display..

The return of the UK’s only official RAF airshow after three years has seen tickets sell out quickly.

Organizers are warning people not to show up without a ticket as they won’t be entering.

They said with 50,000 people heading to the show in around 11,000 vehicles, routes in the area will be busy and urge people to show up early.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and the flight begins at noon.

Rail transport is an option. Transport for Wales says all its Sunday services will stop at Cosford.

The Red Arrows will, as usual, be the stars of the show. But there will also be flight demonstrations from a host of aircraft in the five-hour program in the sky.

It will include the RAF Typhoon Display Team and the Rafale Solo Display which conducted training flights on Friday with other craft. Local residents got a taste of their gardens as the pilots took to the skies.

On Sunday, displays will also come from RAF Falcons, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and for the first time an RAF F35B Lightning.

Demonstrations of Typhoons, French Rafale Chinooks, Belgian F16s are also on the program.

West Mercia Police support the day. Chief Inspector Gareth Morgan, West Mercia Police Air Show Commander, said: ‘It’s great to see the return of the Cosford Air Show after the previous two years were canceled due to the pandemic.

“The Air Show is a fantastic day out for the whole family and an event we are really looking forward to participating in again. As in previous years, we will be ready to support the event organizers in case of any problem.

“We expect the roads around the airfield to be busy, so we ask people to ensure they allow plenty of time to get there.”

“The ticket-only event is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors with 11,000 vehicles. Those planning to attend the show are advised to ensure they have a pre-paid ticket as tickets will not be sold at the door.

“Those traveling by car are advised that Bowling Green Lane and Kennel Lane will be closed and they should find an alternative route.”

Organizers have also warned that the use of remote-controlled devices and unmanned aircraft/drone systems is not permitted by law on aerodromes or within six miles.

Squadron Leader Chris Wilson said: “It’s been a long three years and we really look forward to the return of the air show.”

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