Ten things not to miss at the 2014 Air Festival

Ten things not to miss at the 2014 Air Festival

Ten things not to miss at the 2014 Air Festival

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

THERE'S plenty to see and do at the Bournemouth Air Festival and four days to see it all.

But, if you're only going for one day, we've picked just a few of the things you don't want to miss.

And, if you've never been before, these are some of the must-see spectacles.

RED ARROWS

It's hard to believe this, but 2014 is the first year the Red Arrows are set to perform on all four days of the event.

In previous years, other display commitments have meant that the team hasn't been able to take part on every day, but this time they will start and end the weekend with a bang.

It's also the team's 50th display season, so expect a party atmosphere.

TYPHOON

As a breathtaking demonstration of the RAF's current frontline capabilities, the Typhoon has it all - phenomenal speed, killer look and a heart-stopping sound.

You don't just hear and see the Typhoon, you feel it.

And don't forget to check out those afterburners - always great for pictures.

Vulcan Despite its sometime technical woes - it is more than 50 years old, after all - the hefty bird that is the Vulcan bomber is still an awesome sight.

Kyboshed by technical difficulties last year, it is hoped that this will be its time.

After adaptations to the wings that will keep it flying until the end of 2015 were carried out by Christchurch firm Beagle, fans will be hoping she is ready and good to go.

ROYAL MARINES BEACH ASSAULT

They're the best of the best - and Bournemouth is one of the few places to see them in full flow.

Thanks to the fact that the air festival takes place over the seafront, the Royal Marines get the chance to show a full amphibious assault on the beach.

Get ready for gun fire, helicopters, landing craft and ships - along with a few surprises - as the Royal Marines show what they do.

NIGHT AIR

If you've never been to Night Air, it really is worth sticking around for.

It's normally a gentler feel than the roaring daytime air displays, with music, pyrotechnics and a great atmosphere.

As the sun goes down, the whole setting is superb.

THE LANCASTERS

Something truly special this way comes at the 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival.

Having flown over from Canada earlier this month, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster bomber will join its counterpart from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for a display over Bournemouth.

It means fans will see the only two airworthy examples of the World War Two planes side by side for the first, and most likely the last, time.

TOM LACKEY

Do NOT miss this.

As openers go, this is set to be a corker.

Tom Lackey, aged 94 - yes, 94 - will be opening the show on Thursday by flying between the piers.

He'll be a passenger, but he won't be sat in a seat - he'll be strapped to the wing of a plane.

Tom took up wingwalking at the tender age of 80, when his wife passed away, and has set countless records since.

BEAT RETREAT

Taking place on the East Overcliff at 6.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, this is a chance to see some of the pomp and ceremony of the Royal Navy in all its glory.

So take a seat somewhere and enjoy the sound and visual spectacle of the HM Royal Marines Band performing Beat Retreat.

In case you were wondering, it has nothing to do with running away from the enemy.

Beating Retreat has its origins in the early years of organised warfare when the beating of drums and the parading of Post Guards heralded the closing of camp gates and the lowering of flags at the end of the day.

MISS DEMEANOUR

If noise, colour and speed are your thing, Miss Demeanour never fails to disappoint.

The Hawker Hunter always looks resplendent in her multi-coloured paint job - and you'll hear her coming before she flashes past your eyes.

With a screaming howl from her engines, she's all about speed and power and has become a big highlight over the past few years.

CHINOOK

One of the most recognisable sounds in the air with its 'wokka-wokka' noise, the Chinook pulls off a few surprise moves when it displays at the air festival.

Far from just being a transport helicopter, it'll show its versatility, showing off some manoeuvres that you wouldn't think it's capable of.

UPDATE: Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 - when are the Red Arrows on?

Bournemouth Echo: All our pictures of the Bournemouth Air Festival 2013, taken on Thursday, August 29.

6:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Wondering when you can catch the Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival? then look no further

Bournemouth Air Festival: your essential guide

Bournemouth Echo:

7:10am Sunday 31st August 2014

Never been to Bournemouth Air Festival before? Here are some handy hints and tips from traffic to where's best to stand and what else is going on. 

Comments (3)

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7:13pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Townee says...

B17 Sally B. Love all the planes with fans on the front of the engine to keep them cool. Jets much to much noise and gone in a flash, slow is better.
B17 Sally B. Love all the planes with fans on the front of the engine to keep them cool. Jets much to much noise and gone in a flash, slow is better. Townee
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8:02pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Neil-Moss says...

Can't tell if that's sarcasm or you're the only person alive who doesn't understand how a propeller works....
Can't tell if that's sarcasm or you're the only person alive who doesn't understand how a propeller works.... Neil-Moss
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9:58pm Wed 27 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

Tell the Royal Marines their Beach assault is too late, the Travellers have moved on.
Tell the Royal Marines their Beach assault is too late, the Travellers have moved on. twynhamob
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