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Record crowd at Cosford Air Show

RAF Cosford Air Show
There were record crowds

A record crowd of 58,000 people has attended the annual RAF Cosford Air Show at the Shropshire base.

A P-51 Mustang, the type of plane which flew out of Shropshire in World War II, was among the attractions.

The Vulcan bomber also took to the sky for the first time since almost £1m was raised in pledges to keep it flying earlier this year.

There were tailbacks of four miles on the M54 motorway in the area as people headed to the event.

Police shut motorway slip roads at just before 1330 BST on Sunday after car parks on site reached their 18,000-space capacity.

Refunds will be offered to anyone who bought a full ticket in advance but were unable to get in on the day.

The line-up also included the Red Arrows, the Falcons freefall parachute team and an aircraft display by the Large Model Association.

Mustangs became a familiar sight in the area during World War II as they were operated from RAF Rednal and were used for RAF fighter pilot training from Montford Bridge, near Shrewsbury.

The Large Model Association is an international body dedicated to creating flying models driven by petrol or jet engines.

Air show co-ordinator, Norman Branagh, said the plan had been "to bring back all of the displays visitors know and enjoy but also add in a few more".



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