One of the few remaining airshows on a current RAF base, RAF Cosford is the home to the Royal Air Force No 1 School of Technical Training, the Aerosystems Engineering and Management Training School and No 1 Radio School. Cosford is also home to the Royal Air Force Museum.
Highlights included Tornado, Harrier, Sea Hawk, Sea Fury and Eurofighter Typhoon.
The Shuttleworth Collection is one of the best kept secrets of the UK airshow scene. A unique flight line coupled with period aircraft displayed with panache, a beautiful location, and a collection of historic vehicles and buildings gives the impression that one has stepped back in time into a quintessential English garden party.
Highlights included Deperdussin, Sopwith Triplane, SE5a, Spitfire and Hurricane
RAF Valley in Anglesey is reported to be the busiest RAF base in the UK. It is the hub for fast jet training and helicopter training for mountainous and maritime operations. Courtesy of the Valley Aviation Society and base command, a photo day was held with plenty of opportunity to get up close with both on local and visiting aircraft and crews.
Highlights included Alpha Jet (Belgian), Canberra, Jaguar, F-16 (Danish), Tucano, VC-10 and Tristar.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world’s largest military airshow organised by Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises (RAFCTE)
Highlights included the F/A-18F Super Hornet, F-117, B-2, B-52H. USAF Heritage Flight, Sea Harrier and tribute to 60th anniversary of D-Day.
Located at the home of the RAF’s Nimrod and E-3 Sentry, the RAF Waddington airshow, is probably the largest RAF airshow left on the calendar.
Highlights included the Red Arrows, BBMF, Tornado, Hunter, Frecce Tricolori, Sea Harrier, Patrulla Aguila, and P-3 Orion.