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209 Sqn at the RAF Cosford Airshow

Article posted: Jun 28, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Holding an airshow where a large museum is also located has its advantages. Especially when the 2011 ‘drought’ ended the day of the RAF Cosford Airshow with a day of heavy rain.

Despite the almost none stop rain and low cloud cover the Cadets and Staff of 209 (West Bridgford) Sqn were still able to watch several flying displays including the Red Arrows and the damp conditions didn’t effect the pyrotechnics exploding during an air field attack display by a Tornado GR4.

Out of the rain the Cosford Museum has a hanger full of experimental aircraft and the purpose built Cold War Hall has many displays, aircraft and tanks from the UK and USSR. A unique exhibit in one of the airshow hangers was the 1/1 scale model Spitfire built for the TV programme ‘James Mays Toy Stories.’ RAF Cosford is still a busy training station and different sections from the unit were either displaying their skills or training equipment. It would seem that most of the Jaguar aircraft ended up at Cosford after the type’s retirement to be used as training aids.

Despite the weather and me having to wear a bright yellow poncho the day passed pleasantly enough and nobodies spirits were dampened by the weather.