Cunningly scheduled the day before RAF Cosford’s annual airshow and open day, Throckmorton has once again attracted a great mix of military and civilian performers.

Hats off to organisers Angus Nairn and Samantha Jones, they’ve got a cracking line-up for this year’s airshow at Throckmorton in Worcestershire and it’s all in aid of a number of excellent causes.

Combat Stress, Fly 2 Help, Cancer Research, RAFA and the Midlands Air Ambulance will all benefit from what should be an excellent day out on Saturday 7 June.

RAF Tucano © Tucano-Display-Team

RAF Tucano © Tucano Display Team

Flt Lt Noel Rees will be bringing the noise with the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon solo display and will joined in the flying programme by his colleague from the Light Blue, Flt Lt Dave Kirby, in the Shorts Tucano. That’s not the only military participation either, for the BBMF’s Dakota, Hurricane and Spitfire are all scheduled to appear, as is the RNHF’s Sea Fury.

Knowing Angus’s powers of persuasion, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if one or two other military participants dropped by en route to RAF Cosford or while they were in the area either, so don’t be too surprised if others appear on the day!

JP3 © Gareth Stringer - Global Aviation Resource

JP3 © Gareth Stringer – Global Aviation Resource

Regardless, there will be plenty more to enjoy in the air, including one or two real gems such as a début for Gerald Williams’ Ravens, a new formation team consisting of five Vans RV8s, and Peter Davies in his Auto-Gyro.

The ever-popular Neil McCarthy will be returning in the Newcastle Jet Provost and marking the World War One’s Centenary should be all nine aircraft of the Great War Display Team – a spectacular sight. The Blades are opening the show and completing the line-up will be Brendan O’Brien’s new ‘crazy helicopter’ act, John Beattie in the Chipmunk and Harvard (not simultaneously!) and two very different forms of Pitts Special display, from both the TRIG Team and Richard Goodwin.

Rich Goodwin's Pitts Special © Gareth Stringer - Global Aviation Resource

Rich Goodwin’s Pitts Special © Gareth Stringer – Global Aviation Resource

Members of the newly formed Gazelle Squadron Display Team will make for an interesting addition to the static and the remaining ground attractions are comprehensive, with the likes of rally cars, monster trucks, simulators, karting, climbing wall and military vehicles.

A limited number of tickets will be available on the day, check for more information, and with prices at just £10 for adults and £5 for children, represent great value bearing in mind the excellent line-up.

We look forward to seeing you there, for the start of what is always the West Midlands’ biggest airshow weekend of the season.