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Cosford Air Show: Record breaking year as over 65,000 visitors head through gates

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More than 65,000 people flocked to enjoy the spectacular sights of RAF Cosford Air Show – making this year a record-breaker for organisers.

Bosses of the event were delighted to announce today that they had achieved a record-breaking turnout.

The event at the base, near Albrighton, is believed to have seen a full capacity crowd through the gates to enjoy Red Arrow displays, demonstrations and flypasts.

More than 65,000 people are thought to have been at Cosford

Squadron Leader Chris Wilson, media communications and co-ordination officer at the base, said early indications showed the event had experienced a full capacity crowd with an extra 10,000 people enjoying this year's show than usual numbers.

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He said: "We generally work on 55,000 each year so 65,000 is huge for us. I fail to see how this can't be a record-breaking year for us.We are hugely pleased, especially with the Vulcan not flying over this year.

"It was difficult to get tickets selling without the Vulcan as an attraction so we are really pleased. To still get a record-breaking year is fantastic."

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The event included demonstrations from a number of aircraft, displays from the Red Arrows and a flypast with the King Air.

Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy sparked an alert after being reported missing for more than four hours at the show.

The youngster was last seen at 12.30pm in Hanger 2 at the RAF base and police issued an appeal for visitors to help find him.

West Mercia Police said he was found safe and well at about 4.45pm.

The event is known to cause some traffic with tens of thousands of people leaving the site at about 4pm but a crash just off the base added to traffic woes yesterday.

The crash in Neachley Lane closed the road and drivers were queuing in both directions between the Stanton Road junction and Long Lane junction.

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