Today's the day - the Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 is ready for takeoff

Today's the day - the Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 is ready for takeoff

Today's the day - the Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 is ready for takeoff

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The seventh Bournemouth Air Festival gets under way today, with four days of flying and much more on the cards.

For the first time ever, the Red Arrows will be displaying on all four days of the event, which runs until Sunday, and there are some new treats for flying fans.

Among the highlights will be the appearance of the Canadian Lancaster, which will fly with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Saturday and Sunday as part of a summer tour, having arrived from Canada earlier this month.

It means that the world’s only two airworthy WW2 Lancaster bombers will take to the skies together in a sight not to be missed.

The crowd-pleasing Vulcan is due to fly on Saturday, while the speed and noise will come from the Typhoon and Hunter jet Miss Demeanour.

The festival is due to be opened today by 94-year-old wingwalker Tom Lackey – another first for the event – while The Blades will perform their gravity-defying aerobatics during the evening displays for the first time.

As always, the event will be the biggest of the year for the Royal Navy, which will also use it for training.

The Navy will have a flotilla in the bay, while its aircraft will include the Black Cats helicopter team and the Merlin helicopter.

The Royal Marines will also put on their dramatic amphibious assault, using ships, landing craft and helicopters.

The RAF will be there in force – alongside the Red Arrows and Typhoon there will be the Tutor and Tucano training aircraft and the Chinook helicopter, while the Army brings its Lynx helicopter and will be giving out recruitment information on the seafront.

There is plenty more taking to the skies and there will also be lots on the ground along the sea front and in the gardens, while the HM Royal Marines Band will perform Beat Retreat on the East Overcliff.

Night Air once again promises atmospheric displays, this year including The Blades, a Spitfire, a Twister aircraft and O’Brien’s Flying Circus, while there are concerts on the beach and entertainment in the gardens.

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8:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Hope the weather behaves
Hope the weather behaves bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 10

9:00am Thu 28 Aug 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Well unless the Council want Redhill park to end up like Stourpaine I would suggest the use of a metal track at the entrance to the park and ride or they will be winching cars out later!
Well unless the Council want Redhill park to end up like Stourpaine I would suggest the use of a metal track at the entrance to the park and ride or they will be winching cars out later! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 3

9:29am Thu 28 Aug 14

504gld says...

Another half useless article, they keep going on about the red arrows yet can't bluntly state today at xx:xx time they will fly across the sea front.
Another half useless article, they keep going on about the red arrows yet can't bluntly state today at xx:xx time they will fly across the sea front. 504gld
  • Score: -6

10:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

LeGrove says...

504gld wrote:
Another half useless article, they keep going on about the red arrows yet can't bluntly state today at xx:xx time they will fly across the sea front.
Should be 3:15 today. Cheer up though. Sometimes factors mean things change, it's not the end of the world.
[quote][p][bold]504gld[/bold] wrote: Another half useless article, they keep going on about the red arrows yet can't bluntly state today at xx:xx time they will fly across the sea front.[/p][/quote]Should be 3:15 today. Cheer up though. Sometimes factors mean things change, it's not the end of the world. LeGrove
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

KitKatPuss says...

I love the air festival.....it's awesome to see all of it free.....in our own back yard....and it beings extra tourism into the area and therefore more job opportunities for locals.

I am really looking forward to watching the show this Sunday.

Whiners.....just shushhh!
I love the air festival.....it's awesome to see all of it free.....in our own back yard....and it beings extra tourism into the area and therefore more job opportunities for locals. I am really looking forward to watching the show this Sunday. Whiners.....just shushhh! KitKatPuss
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Merv the Swerv says...

Cr*p Echo organisation. They can't publish a flying timetable because they want to blackmail us into bying a programme, so I gave in today and made a special trip to Castlepoint - Waterstones to obtain coy. Only to be told on enquiring that they had sold out! So here's one family that won't be bothering to visit. Will watch what I can from back garden.
Cr*p Echo organisation. They can't publish a flying timetable because they want to blackmail us into bying a programme, so I gave in today and made a special trip to Castlepoint - Waterstones to obtain coy. Only to be told on enquiring that they had sold out! So here's one family that won't be bothering to visit. Will watch what I can from back garden. Merv the Swerv
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Slapmytickle says...

And you can see Sophie Ellis Bexter - wooo hooo the highlight of the weekend!!
And you can see Sophie Ellis Bexter - wooo hooo the highlight of the weekend!! Slapmytickle
  • Score: 0
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