THIS year’s Bournemouth Air Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
That was the message from organisers at the 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival launch as they revealed what’s lined up for this year’s four-day spectacle.
Now in its seventh year, the festival will feature displays from the Red Arrows on all four days, as well as demonstrations from the Marines, RAF, Royal Navy and Army.
Speaking in front of a crowd of councillors, dignitaries and supporters at Key West on Bournemouth pier yesterday, Jon Weaver, Air Festival director, said: “For us as a festival, the organisers, teams of people behind the event and the hundreds of thousands of people who attend, it really shows how far we have come to have such superb Royal Navy and RAF support.
He added: “This is our seventh Air Festival and with some great confirmations including the Red Arrows performing on all four days, return of the Typhoon, superb Naval contingency and Night Air entertainment, we hope this will keep us on top and news still to come, as we get closer to the event, will only get better.”
The Navy will be displaying four ships at sea as well as showcasing the Black Cats Helicopter display team, Royal Navy Historic Flight and Sea Kings.
Royal Navy Commodore Jamie Miller said: “2014 will be the greatest ever concentration of Naval force yet seen off Bournemouth, needless to say I am keeping some surprises back – but rest assured this will be our best yet.”
As well as the Red Arrows, the RAF will be displaying the Tucano, the Falcons parachute display team and the crowd favourite, the Battle of Britain memorial flight display.
RAF Wing Commander Alf Garnett said: “The Air Festival is a high priority event for the Royal Air Force, in terms of audience numbers it’s perfect for showcasing our aircraft and offers a first class arena for engaging with the public and showing them what we do for them on a daily basis.”