Bournemouth Air Festival set to grow in 2014 as spectacular line-up is revealed

Bournemouth Echo: FLYING HIGH: The Red Arrows in action FLYING HIGH: The Red Arrows in action

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.”

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8:18am Tue 1 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

Yay burn more oil!
Yay burn more oil! anotherfatslob
  • Score: -12

8:24am Tue 1 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

No mention of the Vulcan, best not get peoples hopes up I suppose.
No mention of the Vulcan, best not get peoples hopes up I suppose. Hessenford
  • Score: 6

8:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

Branksome snail says...

i love the airshow, i really do, but there were so many no-shows on the final day last year, and the only thing thats bigger and better here (in terms of flights) is the Red Arrows all days. As great as the Red Arrows are, they should bring back the Tornado twins from a couple of years ago. They were awsome.
i love the airshow, i really do, but there were so many no-shows on the final day last year, and the only thing thats bigger and better here (in terms of flights) is the Red Arrows all days. As great as the Red Arrows are, they should bring back the Tornado twins from a couple of years ago. They were awsome. Branksome snail
  • Score: 13

8:50am Tue 1 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 7

8:59am Tue 1 Apr 14

P Barker says...

Bigger and better ? - but just the same old stuff as previous years. Get something different, ask Airbus to loan an A380 for one day. Now thats a impressive performance from a huge machine.
Bigger and better ? - but just the same old stuff as previous years. Get something different, ask Airbus to loan an A380 for one day. Now thats a impressive performance from a huge machine. P Barker
  • Score: 14

9:08am Tue 1 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?[/p][/quote]Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it. Hessenford
  • Score: -20

9:30am Tue 1 Apr 14

goatty says...

Same old same old. When are they going to bring different aircraft in to display. This event gets more boring every year. Not so much about aircraft flying anymore but more about tacky stalls along the sea front and music gigs and people getting drunk in the evening. oh well, I guess that sums the town up.
Same old same old. When are they going to bring different aircraft in to display. This event gets more boring every year. Not so much about aircraft flying anymore but more about tacky stalls along the sea front and music gigs and people getting drunk in the evening. oh well, I guess that sums the town up. goatty
  • Score: 6

9:56am Tue 1 Apr 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Bournemouth should offer free public transport for the day to avoid the horrific traffic problems. The economy gain far outweighs revenue lost.
Bournemouth should offer free public transport for the day to avoid the horrific traffic problems. The economy gain far outweighs revenue lost. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 8

9:56am Tue 1 Apr 14

Lucky Rich says...

Well i am looking forward to it yet again , & shall watch it from a different view point every day if possible ......
Well i am looking forward to it yet again , & shall watch it from a different view point every day if possible ...... Lucky Rich
  • Score: 9

10:13am Tue 1 Apr 14

LeGrove says...

Hessenford wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.
Try investigating things a bit earlier... there's free parking in suitable places if you're prepared to walk a short distance. As for public transport, it is what it is, and undoubtedly no different to any other town/city.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?[/p][/quote]Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.[/p][/quote]Try investigating things a bit earlier... there's free parking in suitable places if you're prepared to walk a short distance. As for public transport, it is what it is, and undoubtedly no different to any other town/city. LeGrove
  • Score: 6

10:48am Tue 1 Apr 14

attra says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
Bournemouth should offer free public transport for the day to avoid the horrific traffic problems. The economy gain far outweighs revenue lost.
ABSOLUTELY!
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth should offer free public transport for the day to avoid the horrific traffic problems. The economy gain far outweighs revenue lost.[/p][/quote]ABSOLUTELY! attra
  • Score: 5

11:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

TheDistrict says...

As much as I like the Air Festival, and have visited every year, each year I think about when it was the Air Pageant at Hurn. Here you had the display of aircraft, military, and civil, UK and abroad. OK, you did not have the Navy ( I am ex Navy ), but sometimes there was a ship in the bay at the same time.

Shoreham Air Show is invariably on at the same time as the Air Festival and they hold it the Shoreham Airport with many aircraft on display, as well as static displays, and aerial displays. I am sure if they wanted to, as Shoreham is coastal they could have the navy as well.

I feel if does not revert back to Hurn, we will be stuck with the same show each year.
As much as I like the Air Festival, and have visited every year, each year I think about when it was the Air Pageant at Hurn. Here you had the display of aircraft, military, and civil, UK and abroad. OK, you did not have the Navy ( I am ex Navy ), but sometimes there was a ship in the bay at the same time. Shoreham Air Show is invariably on at the same time as the Air Festival and they hold it the Shoreham Airport with many aircraft on display, as well as static displays, and aerial displays. I am sure if they wanted to, as Shoreham is coastal they could have the navy as well. I feel if does not revert back to Hurn, we will be stuck with the same show each year. TheDistrict
  • Score: 1

11:56am Tue 1 Apr 14

MrPitiful says...

Can't wait.
Can't wait. MrPitiful
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Tourist Mole says...

Hessenford wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.
You`re not forced to purchase the programme, catering is no more expensive than any large event (bring a packed lunch), parking is fairly standard - use public transport, both bus operators schedule additional services. Stop whining; it`s free.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?[/p][/quote]Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.[/p][/quote]You`re not forced to purchase the programme, catering is no more expensive than any large event (bring a packed lunch), parking is fairly standard - use public transport, both bus operators schedule additional services. Stop whining; it`s free. Tourist Mole
  • Score: 16

12:57pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Buddles says...

Since there are going to be demonstrations by the Navy, RAF, Army and Marines it would be brilliant if we could have a "Royal Tournament" of sorts.
I have memories when this was held yearly at Earls Court and was quite a spectacle.
I would love to see the Field Gun Competition again. Apparently it is still run by civilians at Wellington College and in Portsmouth (according to Wiki).
Since there are going to be demonstrations by the Navy, RAF, Army and Marines it would be brilliant if we could have a "Royal Tournament" of sorts. I have memories when this was held yearly at Earls Court and was quite a spectacle. I would love to see the Field Gun Competition again. Apparently it is still run by civilians at Wellington College and in Portsmouth (according to Wiki). Buddles
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Tue 1 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Hessenford wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.
It is free if you don't buy a programme, take a picnic and park in a side street and catch the bus or walk into town, still doesn't solve the problem of the display being the same as every year?
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?[/p][/quote]Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.[/p][/quote]It is free if you don't buy a programme, take a picnic and park in a side street and catch the bus or walk into town, still doesn't solve the problem of the display being the same as every year? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 2

1:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Hessenford says...

TheDistrict wrote:
As much as I like the Air Festival, and have visited every year, each year I think about when it was the Air Pageant at Hurn. Here you had the display of aircraft, military, and civil, UK and abroad. OK, you did not have the Navy ( I am ex Navy ), but sometimes there was a ship in the bay at the same time.

Shoreham Air Show is invariably on at the same time as the Air Festival and they hold it the Shoreham Airport with many aircraft on display, as well as static displays, and aerial displays. I am sure if they wanted to, as Shoreham is coastal they could have the navy as well.

I feel if does not revert back to Hurn, we will be stuck with the same show each year.
The air show at Hurn Airprt were much better than the air festival, at least everybody could see what was going on, the only decent view at the air festival is between the piers where all the snobs pay through the nose for a seat.
When it was at the airport there were many static displays and there were scheduled flights taking off and landing so it was never boring, plus of course every one got to see the Vulcan whether it was in the air or not, bring back the airport displays, they were much better.
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: As much as I like the Air Festival, and have visited every year, each year I think about when it was the Air Pageant at Hurn. Here you had the display of aircraft, military, and civil, UK and abroad. OK, you did not have the Navy ( I am ex Navy ), but sometimes there was a ship in the bay at the same time. Shoreham Air Show is invariably on at the same time as the Air Festival and they hold it the Shoreham Airport with many aircraft on display, as well as static displays, and aerial displays. I am sure if they wanted to, as Shoreham is coastal they could have the navy as well. I feel if does not revert back to Hurn, we will be stuck with the same show each year.[/p][/quote]The air show at Hurn Airprt were much better than the air festival, at least everybody could see what was going on, the only decent view at the air festival is between the piers where all the snobs pay through the nose for a seat. When it was at the airport there were many static displays and there were scheduled flights taking off and landing so it was never boring, plus of course every one got to see the Vulcan whether it was in the air or not, bring back the airport displays, they were much better. Hessenford
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Tue 1 Apr 14

mglester says...

Alf Garnett has gone up in the world...
Alf Garnett has gone up in the world... mglester
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Boscomite says...

When announcing that the Air Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, this probably isn't the best date to do it.
When announcing that the Air Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, this probably isn't the best date to do it. Boscomite
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Ayles 10 says...

Hessenford wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.
You don't need to buy a program and £10 per car which could potentially seat 5 people for the efficient park & ride doesn't seem excessive to me for the entertainment on offer. If you're strapped for cash, take a picnic! So that's £2 per head for a fantastic family day out. You also have the option of not attending and sitting at home in front of the TV. There's no pleasing some people!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?[/p][/quote]Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.[/p][/quote]You don't need to buy a program and £10 per car which could potentially seat 5 people for the efficient park & ride doesn't seem excessive to me for the entertainment on offer. If you're strapped for cash, take a picnic! So that's £2 per head for a fantastic family day out. You also have the option of not attending and sitting at home in front of the TV. There's no pleasing some people! Ayles 10
  • Score: 3

7:25pm Tue 1 Apr 14

beachcomber1 says...

Bournemouth comes alive for the 4 days and 3 nights of the airshow. can't wait.
Bournemouth comes alive for the 4 days and 3 nights of the airshow. can't wait. beachcomber1
  • Score: 3

9:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Understated says...

Hessenford wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?
Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.
get the bus,
dont buy a guide, go online for it if you MUST know or split price with other people.
get the bus, no need to park
bring your own food
get the bus
dont use the rides, its an airshow you should focus on the free events.

there, it is free if you use your noggin.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: You can't knock free and its somewhere families can take the kids without it costing a bomb, but it is the same every year if it weren't free i'd expect the spectator numbers would drop off?[/p][/quote]Is it really free, £6 or £7 for a programme guide. rip off parking, rip off food prices, parking fines because the council don't provide enough parking for the very visitors they try to attract, rip off park and ride prices, so not really free is it.[/p][/quote]get the bus, dont buy a guide, go online for it if you MUST know or split price with other people. get the bus, no need to park bring your own food get the bus dont use the rides, its an airshow you should focus on the free events. there, it is free if you use your noggin. Understated
  • Score: 3

10:26am Wed 2 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I'd like to see a fully tooled up Drone arrive and do some demonstrations by firing a few missiles into Boscombe high street taking out known drug users and general ne'er–do–wells.
I'd like to see a fully tooled up Drone arrive and do some demonstrations by firing a few missiles into Boscombe high street taking out known drug users and general ne'er–do–wells. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bournemouth87 says...

Wow to the people moaning about prices. The air festival is free, there are may different companies doing free giveaways along the promenade, free activities for children and adults if they so wish. The parking does not increase in price, the programme is avaliable online for free if you want to know what time the flights are, Bournemouth should not put on free bus routes as they already add additional services and again do not increase the charge. People pay alot of money for a fly over from the red arrows alone, here you get to watch an absolutely fantastic show for four days all for nothing!!!
Wow to the people moaning about prices. The air festival is free, there are may different companies doing free giveaways along the promenade, free activities for children and adults if they so wish. The parking does not increase in price, the programme is avaliable online for free if you want to know what time the flights are, Bournemouth should not put on free bus routes as they already add additional services and again do not increase the charge. People pay alot of money for a fly over from the red arrows alone, here you get to watch an absolutely fantastic show for four days all for nothing!!! Bournemouth87
  • Score: 3

9:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mgibbs says...

Buddles wrote:
Since there are going to be demonstrations by the Navy, RAF, Army and Marines it would be brilliant if we could have a "Royal Tournament" of sorts.
I have memories when this was held yearly at Earls Court and was quite a spectacle.
I would love to see the Field Gun Competition again. Apparently it is still run by civilians at Wellington College and in Portsmouth (according to Wiki).
My dad competed for the Fleet Air Arm in the field gun tournament when it was part of the Royal Tournament. The version they run now is a much smaller and safer version called Brickwoods.
[quote][p][bold]Buddles[/bold] wrote: Since there are going to be demonstrations by the Navy, RAF, Army and Marines it would be brilliant if we could have a "Royal Tournament" of sorts. I have memories when this was held yearly at Earls Court and was quite a spectacle. I would love to see the Field Gun Competition again. Apparently it is still run by civilians at Wellington College and in Portsmouth (according to Wiki).[/p][/quote]My dad competed for the Fleet Air Arm in the field gun tournament when it was part of the Royal Tournament. The version they run now is a much smaller and safer version called Brickwoods. mgibbs
  • Score: -1

3:24am Thu 3 Apr 14

Graham Rees says...

Have any of these negative clever-dick commentators anything positive to add to the Air Festival either physically or psychologically?l I suspect absolutely nothing or in German 'gar nichts'. Useless! The abbreviation PO comes to mind.
Have any of these negative clever-dick commentators anything positive to add to the Air Festival either physically or psychologically?l I suspect absolutely nothing or in German 'gar nichts'. Useless! The abbreviation PO comes to mind. Graham Rees
  • Score: 1

10:02am Mon 7 Apr 14

bbird says...

Fantastic show (yes and free). Makes Bournemouth special, and fills hotels. Something to look forward to again. Can't wait.
Fantastic show (yes and free). Makes Bournemouth special, and fills hotels. Something to look forward to again. Can't wait. bbird
  • Score: 1

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