Bournemouth Air Festival: Unique flypast brings five heritage planes together for first time (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Bournemouth Air Festival: Unique heritage flypast will feature Vulcan, Meteor, Vampire, Miss Demeanour and the Sea Vixen together for the first time
2:26pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
UP to a million people are set to descend on Bournemouth over the next four days as the sixth annual Air Festival gets underway tomorrow.
And Air Festival goers will be in for an extra special and unique treat this year.
The display by Avro Vulcan XH-558 - one of the show's big beasts - has already been announced.
The iconic Cold War bomber, the only airworthy example of its kind, is one of the biggest crowd-pullers on the air display circuit.
But organisers have one more surprise in store for its appearance on Sunday, one that can only be seen in Bournemouth.
The huge, majestic delta-winged bomber will join other British heritage jets the Meteor, Vampire, Miss Demeanour and the Sea Vixen for a stunning, five-ship flypast across the Bournemouth seafront.
The Vulcan's single appearance in Bournemouth is thanks to the fundraising efforts of Lord Stephen Young of Westbury and Waxham, Maggie Keet of the Bournemouth Vulcan to the Sky Club and the sponsorship of Adrian Gunner of Merley House.
To make the occasion extra special though, Mr Gunner has provided funding for additional fuel in order to provide the crowds at Bournemouth with a unique sight.
Jon Weaver, Marketing and Events Manager, said: “The town is buzzing as we gear up for the biggest show-stopper of Bournemouth's summer events programme - the sixth Bournemouth Air Festival.
“Over the next four days millions of visitors will flock to the town to see the fantastic aviation spectacular, which will culminate in a magnificent five-ship flypast led by the ever-popular Avro Vulcan XH-558.
“It is thanks to the generous sponsorship of Adrian Gunner of Merley House and the kind contributions from Lord Stephen Young and the brilliant fundraising efforts of Maggie Keet of the Bournemouth Aviation Museum that we will once again welcome the Vulcan on Sunday and end this year's festival on an extra special high.
“We are looking forward to a great festival.”
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