Air Festival Archives: Bournemouth Air Festival 2009 remembered

This great picture was captured by Rob Inett, RNLI Poole Lifeboat

This great picture was captured by Rob Inett, RNLI Poole Lifeboat

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IF the Red Arrows were the big highlight of the first air festival in 2008, then surely the Vulcan was the one everyone was hoping to see a year later.

It was a wet and windy start to the displays, with the RAF Falcons parachute team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight both cancelling.

But the Vulcan gave the crowds an unexpected taster, before returning with its full display later in the weekend.

Bournemouth Echo:

Funded solely by donations and sponsorship, the Vulcan is very much the people's plane and she sent them home happy in 2009.

Bournemouth Echo:

Friday saw the Eurofighter Typhoon make an unexpected arrival on the seafront, catching many of the spectators unaware.

Bournemouth Echo:

But it was the ill-fated Roar on the Shore attempt that really had the readers talking - a record-breaking fireworks display that turned into a damp squib.

Up to 150,000 people crammed the shoreline to watch the event, which promised sixty seconds of spectacular pyrotechnics with 114,000 fireworks going off all at once in a world attempt.

Bournemouth Echo: This great picture was captured by Rob Inett, RNLI Poole Lifeboat

In fact the episode lasted about just five seconds before the barge on the water burst into flames leaving the crowds confused and bewildered - and then angry.

Organisers said everything went "exactly according to plan" but judging by the 230 comments on the Echo's story explaining what went wrong, not everyone agreed.

What do you remember from the last six years? Email us at - include a picture if you like - and we'll include you in our Readers Remember piece on August 25.




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