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- The show starts at 10.30am with the launch event - watch for a suprise
- Wingwalking 94-year-old Tom Lackey will start the flying at 1.30pm
- The Chinook has cancelled due to aircraft problems and the Falcons and Flying Scholarships for the Disabled called off due to the rain
- Weather is expected to clear shortly
- Next display will be the Red Arrows at 3.15pm, followed by the Merlin, Spitfire, Dakota, and BBMF
Go and see the Beatles tribute at Bournemouth pier at #bmthairfest! Well worth a look in! http://t.co/7IWI2lKUoz— @EchoJon 28 August 2014
The Red Devils arrive in style #bmthairfest http://t.co/Fo34HHX3Gx— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
If you've been out all day at the Air Festival, you might not have seen some of the other stories that have gone online today.
Here's 10 you may have missed.
“@shoshdog: Battle of Britain memorial flight over Bournemouth today. http://t.co/92OgGtel07” >> no better sound than hearing them fly by!!— @TonyPearson1971 28 August 2014
It all kicks off at sunset! #bmthair @Bournemouthecho @BournemouthFun @BmthAirFest http://t.co/V9Tl5dnFjs— @squashedant 28 August 2014
It's been an absolutely fantastic day for the Bournemouth Air Festival. But it's only just started. Tomorrow, visitors will have the chance to see the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the B-17 Sally-B Flying Fortress, Miss Demeanour, the Royal Navy Black Cats and lots more.
We'll be back with the live blog, so keep updated here. Tomorrow's Daily Echo will also feature lots more information, as well as photographs and reports on all of the day's action.
Large crowds are gathering on the beach to watch the Silver Beatles #Bmthairfest— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
There's lots more to do this evening - head to the Lower Gardens until 9pm for family fun, and if you wander over to the Bournemouth Pier Stage, the Silver Beatles tribute act will be performing until 10pm!
Anyone wishing to see the Army Air Corps Band also has until 9pm to see the six-piece rock group at the Lower Gardens Bandstand.
All the air displays have finished for this evening but the fun has only just begun #bmthairfest— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
#A31 closed for overnight roadworks 10pm-6am Cadnam (M27 J1) to Ashley Heath (A338)— @Traffic_SouthE 28 August 2014
O'Brien's flying circus lights up the sky #bmthairfest http://t.co/7axrivZWra— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team - the Red Devils - is the official team of both the Parachute Regument (the Paras) snd the British Army.
Every member of the team has served a minimum of three years in the Paras and has taken part in at least one operational tour of duty in either the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan or Iraq.
And here they come! #bmthairfest http://t.co/yWM3SNupGP— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
They're battling the wind tonight but doing an astonishing job. The next to make the jump is waving a Union Jack flag
Next man to jump has more than 5,000 leaps to his name - amazing!
Apologies, it's the Red Devils now - reaching speeds of up to 120mph as they leap from planes hovering over the sea.
Flares are attached to their feet so you can trace their descent back to earth.
7-year-old Hollie Rogers said the last display was "awesome" #bmthairfest http://t.co/aWJwaq5eOs— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
We're expecting displays from the Solo Twister and the Red Devils Parachute Team before Night Air draws to a close later tonight.
Such an amazing site!! #bmthairfest http://t.co/4vxPKovhIj— @airfesttv 28 August 2014
The beautiful plane is performing a series of dazzling loops over the sea, trailing sparks as it goes. We'll have some photos up on the blog as soon as possible, it's quite a sight!
Oooooh! #bmthairfest http://t.co/Ov2MWEh05A— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
Sparks fly from the wings of the Piper J-3 Cub. Fantastic stuff
#Nightair @BmthAirFest #BournemouthAirFestival http://t.co/1aRfeQ4R8J— @geoffzzzzzz 28 August 2014
The planes are lit up in luminous colours against the evening sky. Fantastic spectacle.
Here we go! O'Brien's Flying Circus taking to the skies!
Great show from The Red Arrows in Bournemouth today. Catch them again frid, sat and sun #bmthairfest @RAFRed8 http://t.co/zzN7R2IVZ9— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Another view of the RR Spitfire in the evening sunlight at the night air . #bmthairfest http://t.co/8uL0wVSXAx— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Great day in Bournemouth with last of the summer weather- now time for dinner! #wearezizzi http://t.co/F7CfKlZJbJ— @RAFRed8 28 August 2014
HMS Westminster in the evening sunlight . #bmthairfest http://t.co/OgdZ5homBU— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
#bmthairfest great looking Dakota http://t.co/sCrZU9cfvc— @robertthomas493 28 August 2014
RT @robertthomas493: @airfesttv #SmokeOnGo Reds landing @ Bournemouth airport earlier 🙌🙌🙌 http://t.co/khx7jC3OtO— @airfesttv 28 August 2014
O'Brien's Flying Circus on the way! That's something really special. The display was devised by pilot Brendan O'Brien in the 1980s and still has the same ability to wow today.
It's starting to get a little bit nippy here on the seafront. Worth bringing along a jacket #bmthairfest— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
From photographs, it looks like the sky is awash with gold and blue as the sun sets. We hope you're all having a lovely time and enjoying the displays!
@RAFBBMF great to see the Dakota in bournemouth today! http://t.co/6kmpmmNjQM— @CandCimage 28 August 2014
Leader of the council, John Beesley, said: "It shows the British Services at their very best... http://t.co/u5fjXGlbRA— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
The sound coming from the Spitfire is immense!! #bmthairfest http://t.co/tRaTnqrwl0— @airfesttv 28 August 2014
A quiver of Red Arrows #redarrows @bmthairfest #bmthairfest @ Bournemouth Airport http://t.co/ZwDUVlsM7I— @ChakaKant 28 August 2014
The mayor said: "It's such a great event for Bournemouth and brings so many people to the town." http://t.co/31Rc5FekRt— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
RT @pasimages: @BmthAirFest #bmthairfest http://t.co/mdPv5Ku6ie— @track_stewsie 28 August 2014
RR Spitfire starts off the night air flying programme #bmthairfest http://t.co/cj9JpvMUE2— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
RR Spitfire starts off the night air flying programme #bmthairfest http://t.co/9ZQ67xSNWa— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Crowds watching the Rolls Royce Spitfire! #bmthairfest #bmthair http://t.co/5anLOOd84m— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
The Spitfire has an amazing history. She was built in Southampton in the 1940s, and joined squadrons in Europe, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Central Fighter Establishment and more.
And the first display has begun #bmthairfest #nightair http://t.co/bhvQM8J1pJ— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
Drum Major Moxworthy after performing on East Overcliff Drive #bmthairfest #bmthair http://t.co/81lIki5I61— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Just heard the Rolls Royce Spitfire roaring overhead from the office - can't wait to see all of your photographs!
@RAFRed10 @BmthAirFest Great display from the Red Arrows at Bournemouth Today! http://t.co/XoADSkoXOH— @Cam_Bell26 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho #bmthairfest Great view from B’mouth airport, our own private show. http://t.co/njNlNdd2wo— @joannatasker 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho #bmthairfest Perfect! http://t.co/5xAXWN3WKi— @joannatasker 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho #bmthairfest Can’t wait till tomorrow. Thanks one and all. @rafredarrows Jo. http://t.co/RzZ0JO2amv— @joannatasker 28 August 2014
The crowds are cheering as the Royal Marines Beat Retreat begin to play #bmthairfest http://t.co/zFgCFltDAE— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
After a day of stunning aerial acrobatics, Night Air will shortly get underway. But there's plenty to do even if you've had your fill of planes, with a circus workshop, face painting, hula hooping and more in the Lower Gardens too
Here on the East Overcliff the mayor Cllr Chris Mayne thanked everyone for supporting the event #bmthairfest http://t.co/O0A24UgE06— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
@RedArrowsUK Fantastic show in Bournemouth today! Absolute stars, thank you 😊 http://t.co/47vBWtj7BM— @giles3 28 August 2014
First flight of the evening. Spitfire going up for night air! #Bmthairfest http://t.co/5lEhb3yHQ2— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
Royal Marine display on East Overcliff. Ouch! #bmthairfest #bmthair http://t.co/uWKOKIYyeY— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Love working in Bournemouth when this happens looking out the top window of the building #BournemouthAirFestival http://t.co/neAReZMLuW— @Stubbers79 28 August 2014
Spitfire in the dusk @bmthairfest #bmthairfest @ Bournemouth Airport http://t.co/UOKy7Ezklw— @ChakaKant 28 August 2014
Crowds watching the Marine Display #bmthairfest http://t.co/xOzNA4qv1t— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Red Arrows were amazing as always #bmthairfest ✈️ http://t.co/cA02PDHseI— @alice_lara 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho #bmthairfest Just before the rain came http://t.co/fBKlu2a9pz— @Poochpower1 28 August 2014
@BmthAirFest @Bournemouthecho #airfest Navy time 2 http://t.co/eZJ8LXaBSr— @Poochpower1 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho @airfest #bmthairfest #bmthair Crazy flying from the Red's http://t.co/ncKhGaS6Nl— @Poochpower1 28 August 2014
Marine display show on East Overcliff Drive, very scary! #bmthairfest http://t.co/cD7gbP4NO2— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Absolutely love this picture of Sebastian watching the red arrows earlier #bmthaircomp @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/6c5zLS4DsW— @ChelseaMamma 28 August 2014
A35 at Monkey's Jump - the earlier accident there has cleared. A354 Ridgeway Hill remains closed - serious accident and investigation work.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
BournemouthAirTravel: Minor delays A35 Wessex Way eastbound at Westbourne. @YellowBuses running good services, as are the trains.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
@RedArrowsUK thank you for an amazing day on Bournemouth Beach today! You were #amazing #redarrows #ProudToBeBritish http://t.co/4p2tCJ0TRj— @martine_marty 28 August 2014
Red Arrows Bournemouth 2014, excellent as always http://t.co/Fl2iwinlBX— @Neil_Hutchins 28 August 2014
Awesome displays from #RedArrows today @BournemouthAir #festival! @ArubaBmouth was the place to be. #Bournemouth http://t.co/0YFLVnmVCz— @kevinhubble 28 August 2014
Lovely evening at the seaside, #royalmarines beating the retreat #BournemouthAirFestival #bmthairfest #bournemouth http://t.co/kVdKIoWA9b— @geoffzzzzzz 28 August 2014
Crikey, all sorts of problems on the roads in West Dorset. There's a live blog on the travel mayhem at our sister paper's website if you need the latest information on the area.
Not bad for a 94 year old!! #WingWalking #BmthAirFest https://t.co/qkTnI478K6— @r0bfleming 28 August 2014
Plus the Army Corps Air Band and the Silver Beatles will be performing a little later #Bmthairfest— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
And there's lots going on in the Gardens too including circus workshops, hula hooping and face painting #Bmthairfest— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
Reds brilliant, as ever... https://t.co/x5ZGDGSRtF @RAFRed10 @rafredarrows #BmthAirFest— @r0bfleming 28 August 2014
Reporter Gayle McDonald is out and about in Bournemouth ahead of the Night Air displays this evening:
Hands up who's excited for #NightAir! There are some very special displays still to come here at the #Bmthairfest— @Gayle_Echo 28 August 2014
Loving the rooftop for taking photos #bmthairfest @Bournemouthecho @Dorsetecho @dailyecho http://t.co/TTEGDICqRD— @juliewidd 28 August 2014
Congestion now - Weymouth (courtesy @TomTom) http://t.co/4DBcL0XQKg— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
.@RedArrowsUK arrive in Bournemouth - and bring clear skies with them #bmthairfest http://t.co/v1urujFzkf— @Andrew_Milsom 28 August 2014
#bmthairfest http://t.co/HWjMgHyftq— @stevoneale 28 August 2014
Are you off to Night Air this evening? We'd love to see your photos! You can Tweet us @bournemouthecho, or use #Bmthair or #Bmthairfest
#BournemouthAirTravel - Areas of slow traffic across the town at this time - nothing major showing on sensors. Best to leave extra time.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
#A31 #NewForest - Slow westbound between #StoneyCross and A338 #Ringwood (approx 11 mins delay).— @ROMANSE 28 August 2014
Thankfully the weather cleared just in time for the @rafredarrows @BmthAirFest #bmthairfest http://t.co/D5cTttP7IX— @Boscorelli55 28 August 2014
So many amazing pictures from the Bournemouth Air Festival already and it's only day one! You can find more in our gallery here
Lots more to follow so keep checking back!
Road closures are now in place at Jurassic Roundabout (A353), Bincombe and Winterbourne Monkton. Please find alternative routes.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
| @dorsetpolice reporting that the A354 will remain closed for some time. Five vehicles involved in a collision at Ridgeway Hill.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
Very long delays A35 all the way around Dorchester and northbound A354 from Weymouth due to two seperate incidents.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
A35 Monkey's Jump - traffic now able to pass the scene of that collision but long delays. Still blocked on A354 Ridgeway Hill. Avoid.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
Poole: Library Road blocked both directions between Shillito Rd and Davis Rd because of an accident. Four vehicles involved. @BoroughofPoole— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
Traffic update: Very heavy on the A35 at Christchurch and Library Road in Poole is blocked due to a four car crash. Details here.
We love you too Red Arrows. #bmthairfest #bmthair #redarrows @Bournemouthecho @Dorsetecho http://t.co/ulT0kvNHBs— @roropuds 28 August 2014
We love this. Go Pro footage of Tom Lackey. Amazing.
Absolutely stunning #bmthairfest #redarrows http://t.co/WCf5eoxWBW— @MarsMoss 28 August 2014
#BournemouthAirTravel - Roads busy in and around the town. @YellowBuses still running with delays, but no major issues to report.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
On your way home after the Air Festival by bus? Yellow Buses have just posted the following update on their Facebook page:
#yellowsupdate 1700 #airfestival services very busy some delays - if you can, why not stay in the town centre a little longer to enjoy the sights and sounds -we have additional vehicles in place to help keep everything running smoothly
The fun's not o ver yet, just to remind you. Lots more still to come, details here or what's happening at Night Air tonight.
7.15pm - 8.40pm
- Rolls Royce Spitfire
- O'Briens Flying Circus
- Solo Twister
- Red Devils Parachute Display Team
6.15pm - 10pm
- East Overcliff: Royal Marines Commando Recruiting Team
- East Overcliff: Royal Marines The Beat Retreat
- Lower Gardens: circus workshop, hula hooping, face painting and Punch & Judy
- Lower Gardens Bandstand: Army Air Corps Band
- Bournemouth Pier Stage: Silver Beatles Tribute Act
We're just starting to load all the rest of the pictures from the day onto the system, shouldn't be long now
Tonight the Royal Marines unarmed combat display team will be on the East Overcliff Drive at 6.15pm followed by Beat Retreat! #bmthairfest— @BmthAirFest 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho Loving the Red Arrows :-) http://t.co/5W3LU9Z1ow— @juliewidd 28 August 2014
After a dodgy start, the afternoon's flying has been a success - more in Night Air from 7.15pm #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
BBMF departs from #bmthairfest http://t.co/uXC4fxj9LY— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
BBMF Lancaster and two spitfires #bmthairfest http://t.co/xIgkkTThHL— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Our photographers are beginning to filter their pictures back from today.
We've started uploading them to a gallery, you can see them here
There are lots, lots more to follow!
The amazing 94 yr old wingwalker Tom Lackey with @RAFRed10 and senior engineering officer Haroon Raja #bmthairfest http://t.co/9HtTK3GOpy— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a - actually wait. Yes it's another plane. The Dakota returns to base #bmthair http://t.co/CGKfqW3F8c— @TobiasWadey 28 August 2014
The amazing 94 yr old wingwalker Tom Lackey chats to @Bournemouthecho #bmthairfest http://t.co/zYsX4yALtH— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
The BBMF Dakota flying here is complete with the 'invasion stripes' on its underbelly - so troops knew it was an Allied aircraft #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
Something new now, the Dakota #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
The Dakota was used as a transport plane - both troops and equipment - particularly during WW2 #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
The Dakota played a key part in D-Day 70 years ago #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
The noise of a Merlin engine is glorious @BmthAirFest #bmthairfest— @track_stewsie 28 August 2014
Rolls Royce Spitfire has just left us with quite a roar #bmthair http://t.co/SCHTuexfKK— @TobiasWadey 28 August 2014
The Red Arrows arrive in town #bmthairfest http://t.co/cUfhwa4nXz— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
@RAFRed10 @Bournemouthecho @BmthAirFest #rafredarrows #bmthairfest Stunning display! Thanks #Reds— @Kaz2203 28 August 2014
We've heard from our reporter Toby who is camped out at Bournemouth Airport that the Red Arrows have returned. Here's some live footage for you
@Bournemouthecho My daughter wasn't impressed when an arrow over the house. Luckily I bought these for the weekend! http://t.co/N1ySz5Ebnl— @cezbongard 28 August 2014
Horton Road closed westbound at the Ashley Heath Interchange - this is because of recovery work for an earlier accident.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
Red Arrows amaze #bmthairfest http://t.co/pRdcErKmV4— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
We think you may need to manually refresh to get the updates - auto-update seems to be not working....
3:20pm Thu 28 Aug 14
Sadly stuck indoors and thought I'd get updates via the echo,
Which has been failing to update at all today !!!!!
RED ARROWS!!! Has to be seen to be believed, just amazing #bmthairfest http://t.co/2gHNzPX7Zb— @Winter_Alex 28 August 2014
There they go #bmthairfest 😊 #reds50 http://t.co/344mYCInQH— @sandie287 28 August 2014
You can't help but feel #pride when you see the @rafredarrows #bmthairfest http://t.co/wqOb7MKCtI— @SimonOnTheRadio 28 August 2014
Hurrah! A full display from the Red Arrows. Excellent news.
.@RAFRed10 says Red One will decide which display to do - flat, rolling or full, but cloud looks pretty good to me... #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
The sun is piercing through the clouds now at the airport #bmthair http://t.co/G0cSUBr1tw— @TobiasWadey 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho @RedArrowsUK just flown over verwood AMAZING!!!!! The sound is excellent— @derbitz 28 August 2014
The Red Arrows are on their way! here's some footage we got of the team taking off at Bournemouth Airport a few minutes' ago.
You'll be able to see them from about one minute in.
Red smoke fills the runway. Brace yourself Bournemouth - the boys are on the way #bmthair http://t.co/hpF7m0hGEm— @TobiasWadey 28 August 2014
Our latest info is Reds, Merlin, Spitfire, Dakota, BBMF in that order, so a break for about 30 mins now #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
RAF Tucano flies at the first day of #bmthairfest http://t.co/KxeMZYmnyH— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
RAF Tucano #bmthairfest http://t.co/3vhtCVNMN5— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
Bournemouth beach looking very colourful! #bmthairfest http://t.co/F2nAQzlmzF— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Here's what's coming up in the next batch of displays:
- RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
- RAF BBMF Dakota C-47
- Royal Navy Merlin HM1
- Red Arrows
- Rolls Royce Spitfire
The Tucano, flying now, has been bumped from its later slot because the Battle of Britain flight is delayed.
RAF Tutor on display #bmthairfest http://t.co/E9kon85F0W— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
BBMF are delayed #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
A lovely picture from earlier of Dr Emma Egging doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Toby Wadey was there and writes:
A crowd gathered at Pier Approach to watch as Dr Emma Egging, wife of the late Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, was drenched with freezing cold water to raise awareness of the trust set up in his name.
Speaking after the challenge, Emma said she accepted the challenge to draw attention to the work the Jon Egging Trust does to inspire young people throughout the country.
She added: “There was a lot of water, but it could have been a lot worse!”
Whether you want to pilot a Typhoon or be in the Red Arrows, the humble Tutor is where it all starts #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
The Tutor is the plane all pilots learn in. It will head for the crowd at 200mph, pulling G-Force of -3-5G.
Bit of a break in proceedings. RAF Tutor is up next #bmthairfest— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
By the way, when you're out and about over the air festival, you might notice a free wi-fi popping up on your phone. That's Fusion Wifi and it's probably the world's fastest outdoor wi-fi.
The Black Cats display team in action #bmthairfest http://t.co/quw6MfSKgB— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Come on everyone! We've seen how changeable the British weather can be. Anything can happen between now and 1515 for @BmthAirFest display!— @RAFRed10 28 August 2014
RT @SallyDailyEcho: A brief wing walking display with the weather closing in #bmthairfest http://t.co/8VCHCN7OIs— @surftojairo 28 August 2014
So, to sum up:
- The RAF Falcons are cancelled due to the rain
- Flying Scholarships for the Disabled are cancelled due to the rain
- The Chinook is cancelled because of aircraft issues
- The Red Arrows are due at 3.15pm
- The skies are expected to clear fairly quickly
- The Black Cats are about to display
Folks, due to a technical glitch it does say that this live event has finished at the top of your screens. Never fear, we're still here!
Minutes later and it seems to be lifting a little from the west side #bmthairfest http://t.co/vSfYVdmkHL— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
Due to weather the Scholarships for Disabled People has been cancelled and the Falcons Display Team has been cancelled— @BmthAirFest 28 August 2014
94 yr old Tom Lackey wing walking to open the show #bmthairfest http://t.co/SxtudUiuFU— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Spectators are wrapping up against rain here on the cliff top #bmthairfest http://t.co/V5V15Ur2Fm— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
Weather has suddenly taken a turn for the worse #bmthairfest http://t.co/cSX3OMjmeI— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
Tom Lackey had to cut his display short due to incoming weather. Think we're in for a bit of an enforced break already #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
At just the wrong time, the weather is coming in. Spitting with rain and cloud looking rather low #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
Visibility is not good all of a sudden #bmthair http://t.co/OkC6tqd1uS— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
A brief wing walking display with the weather closing in #bmthairfest http://t.co/8VCHCN7OIs— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
At Exeter (behind the weak rain front) clouds are high (4000ft) and it's 20c. Radar suggests any rain clearing by 2.30 local #bmthairfest— @Jim_AFCB 28 August 2014
Dr. Emma Egging doing the ice bucket challenge for The Jon Egging Trust! #bmthairfest http://t.co/UKdm0xPnKb— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Here goes wing walker 1 to taxi #bmthairfest @Bournemouthecho show about to open! http://t.co/1l5nrLzIum— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
Wing walker 1 is getting ready to open #bmthairfest he's 95!!!! http://t.co/NK646CfC90— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
Spectators find a spot on the beach for the first day of #bmthairfest http://t.co/znyablzFr6— @SallyDailyEcho 28 August 2014
Bad news everyone - we aren't gonna make #bmthairfest today. We've had an aircraft problem and our spare isn't ready until tmr either...— @ChinookDisplay 28 August 2014
Good news is we should be good to go for tomorrow with a spare too! Displaying at 1530L after the Reds #bmthairfest— @ChinookDisplay 28 August 2014
Really sorry everyone - an Operational unit like Odiham has so many commitments sometimes other things have to take priority! We'll be back!— @ChinookDisplay 28 August 2014
First cancellation: The Chinook is off due to technical issues, NOT the weather.
Excited about seeing the Vulcan? we spoke to Dr Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, about the Vulcan's appearance on Saturday and the future of the bomber.
#bmthairfest weather: Some bits of light rain possible together with low cloud over next 2-3 hours... latest aviation forecast just issued>>— @Jim_AFCB 28 August 2014
<< #bmthairfest says 30% risk of broken cloud at 600ft at times til 3pm local. If that comes off, displays MAY be affected. Fingers crossed!— @Jim_AFCB 28 August 2014
Red 3, Joe Hourston, tells me he hopes the weather brightens up soon. Clouds still look ominous to me though #bmthair http://t.co/huvqHK5wCq— @TobiasWadey 28 August 2014
" page 3? Oh it's us!! " the arrows tuck into a @Bournemouthecho at #bmthairfest http://t.co/iyrX2QHSxb— @EchoJon 28 August 2014
#BournemouthAirTravel - @bournemouthbc reporting a good service on the King's Park park & ride system - spaces available.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
#BournemouthAirTravel - @YellowBuses reporting delays of up 10 minutes - otherwise a good service with no major disruption.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
How's this for a low approach by @SeaVixenGCVIX #bmthairfest http://t.co/R4wb8emSes— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
What a treat this was! #bmthairfest @SeaVixenGCVIX http://t.co/Tn3Ex6qY1w— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
A little unexpected treat #bournemouth #airfest #seavixen #bmthairfest http://t.co/TB3Oh8D1Xd— @X_sammy_X 28 August 2014
Flying Scholarships for Disabled People is a charity that teaches disabled people to fly, set up in memory of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader who, after losing both his legs in a flying accident, went on to achieve fame in World War II as a fighter pilot and a gifted leader of men.
From their website:
From 1976, until his death in 1982, Sir Douglas was President of the Royal International Air Tattoo and in the following year, to perpetuate his indomitable spirit, the organisers of the Tattoo, and in particular the late Paul Bowen and Tim Prince, inaugurated Flying Scholarships for Disabled People.
Since then nearly 400 disabled people have been awarded scholarships. Several have been paraplegic and others disabled as a result, for example, of cerebral palsy, loss of limbs, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, ME and spina bifida.
So, the first batch of displays proper starts at 1.30pm, and here's whats on.
- Wing walker Tom Lackey
- Flying Scholarships For Disabled People
- Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team
- Parachute Display Team Royal Air Force Falcons
- Royal Air Force Tutor T1
- Royal Air Force Chinook
Caption competition: What's going on here? @RAFRed8 @jimturner26 @BmthAirFest http://t.co/9J8ZTu4yP9— @RAFRed10 28 August 2014
#bmthairfest It's started!! @Bournemouthecho @BmthAirFest Sea Vixen display ✈️ http://t.co/xVtbatH4QS— @73cath 28 August 2014
WOW What a great start to the #bmthairfest with the Sea Vixen display !! @Bournemouthecho— @MAB_1966 28 August 2014
My shot of Red1 landing @Hurn signed by @jimturner26. Worth an hour wait! #redarrows #bmthair http://t.co/69RfHbMlRn— @simonmelaniphy 28 August 2014
The spitfire is in! #bmthairfest http://t.co/KW1p535cLK— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
The Sea Vixen currently showing off what she can do on her way back from Portsmouth. She'll be back for a full display on Sunday.
Now it's 2 tutors, a spitfire and @SeaVixenGCVIX coming in to land! #bmthairfest fantastic!— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
Bit of a queue to meet the Red Arrows today! Get there early tomorrow! #bmthairfest http://t.co/A9t3LLT6dR— @makeitBMTH 28 August 2014
May go for a little walk in the direction of planes after lunch #bmthairfest— @patchworkbunny 28 August 2014
Seafront filling up #bmthairfest http://t.co/qMonkZJ4iw— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
Sea Vixen flies over the town centre #bmthairfest http://t.co/Uo9KSdls7O— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
@IanRMayhew @RAFRed10 It's sunny but cloudy with a breeze today, we're hoping the clouds will clear for the rest of the #bmthairfest— @BmthAirFest 28 August 2014
Queues to meet The Red Arrow pilots are full of excited fans! #bmthairfest http://t.co/AvmCt2BYIv— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Good exercise running from my desk to the front doors to see the planes go over so far today #bmthairfest— @Nai_M234 28 August 2014
It's kicking off here at the airport. Fantastic amount of plane action all of a sudden. #bmthairfest— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
Taxiing ready for take off! @SeaVixenGCVIX #bmthairfest http://t.co/4T22Ak6qDJ— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
So, we're hoping for an unscheduled flypast from the Sea Vixen, who's performing as part of the HMS Illustrious decommisioning ceremony in Portsmouth this morning.
Here's some more about her and the team from Bournemouth who saved her.
11:12am Thu 28 Aug 14
Wow - a 94 year old gentleman wing-walking, that's astonishing. If I'm able to do anything nearly as exciting and brave as that when I'm in my 90s (I'm 27) then I'll be extremely chuffed.
Regular readers will know not everyone agrees that Tom should be wingwalking at his age, hence this exchange from our letters page:
Cain, aged 6, getting his backpack signed by one of The Red Arrow pilots! #bmthairfest http://t.co/XiZ99MOajr— @SamJSheldon 28 August 2014
Red arrow made of balloons in Aruba! #bmthairfest http://t.co/CV67fe38RZ— @EchoJon 28 August 2014
Crowds await the arrival of the red arrows at RAF village #bmthairfest http://t.co/85p73iNnLt— @EchoJon 28 August 2014
James dixon, zack sturgess wait for the red arrows at RAF village #bmthairfest http://t.co/dxVWGQuRC8— @EchoJon 28 August 2014
An update on the cloud base scenario: The Met Office was predicting broken cloud at 1,000 feet between 12 and 2pm but Met Check have just updated their aviation forecast to say no cloud at all for the rest of the day, so fingers crossed!
This just in from the Sea Vizen's facebook page:
Welcome to foxy airways flight information for Thursday !
Your pilot for the day will be Jonathan Whaley .
Departure will be approx 11:30 from Bournemouth .
We will be cruising at an altitude of whatever we can get away with .
Expect a high probability of a pass along Bournemouth beach before she moves easterly to Portsmouth for the decommissioning of HMS Illustrious .
More updates soon
#bmthairfest launch culminates in a fly past from a Lynx helicopter http://t.co/2Ydb1QsZaR— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
#BournemouthAirTravel - good service into Bournemouth on @SW_Trains and @crosscountryuk. Buses not reporting any issues.— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
Royal Marines absail into the launch #bmthairfest http://t.co/fa6Zqw4bOG— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
@Bournemouthecho - Live traffic and travel updates on hashtag #BournemouthAirTravel— @TravelDorset 28 August 2014
Mayor presented with a pin by Commandos who've abseiled down the hotel #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
#bmthair launch event about to begin with buglers http://t.co/73086PzbUu— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
In his final #bmthair, Cmdr Tom Herman is opening the launch event. Commandos are about to abseil down the hotel— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
It's that time of year in Bournemouth when every bird that you see in the sky momentarily becomes a plane! It's #Bmthairfest baby!!— @OhKevinMichaels 28 August 2014
RT @RAFRed10: Times Thu 28 Aug: @BmthAirFest Signing Session (RAF Village) 1100-1150. Dep BMth 1500 Disp BOURNEMOUTH 1515 Arr BMth 1542 #B…— @RedsDTL1 28 August 2014
I've also just spoken to Commodore Jamie Miller, who spoke about the Royal Navy's involvement in #bmthair It is their biggest public event— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
Dr Emma Egging talking ahead of the launch this morning #bmthairfest http://t.co/OVEKxgk8h8— @RichardBmthEcho 28 August 2014
The eagle-eyed may have spotted that the signs on the Ashley Heath roundabout saying the slip road will be closed overnight are still there, despite the Highways Agency saying they're wrong and were going to be removed. You can read our story about them here and about the rest of the closures on the A31 this week here
Traffic seems all good at the moment. An abnormal load is due to set off from Holton Heath along the A35 and A31 in about half an hour so we'll keep an eye on that.
The Royal Marines are celebrating 350 years in 2014 and there might be something special from them during this launch event #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
I'm at the #bmthair 2014 launch event at Highcliff hotel— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
Have just spoken to Dr Emma Egging about latest with @JonEggingTrust - video to come later#bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
You'll be pleased to know that the sun is currently shining #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
Dr Egging told me that the @JonEggingTrust continues to expand and will be doing work exp with Bmth schools soon #bmthair— @SteveSmithEcho 28 August 2014
While we're waiting for the action to start you could always take our Air Festival Personality Quiz... Red 10 did (he came out as the Vulcan)
And at Aruba, Dr Balloonman has been building a giant red version:
We're going to get some pictures of this one later. Anyone else got a balloon plane to show us?
Building Spitfires out of balloons is obviously a thing this year. Patrick Thorne, head of science at Glenmoor and Winton academies and balloon maestro at inflatecreate.com, sent us this:
the seventh annual Bournemouth Air Festival is now officially open!!! #bmthairfest— @BmthAirFest 28 August 2014
This, by Lisa Northover, is pretty amazing.
At the flying club ready to watch today's flying action and the sun is out!! #avgeek #bmthairfest— @simondowneyf1 28 August 2014
#bmthairfest update: Aviation f'cast: low cloud (1000ft) and light rain 13h-15h BST. Otherwise dry, scattered cloud 1800ft (valid to 19hBST)— @Jim_AFCB 28 August 2014
9:59am Thu 28 Aug 14
On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Reader Nigel Cross has emailed in this picture of the Red Arrrows arriving at Bournemouth Airport yesterday.
Bournemouth's poet laureate James Manlow has written a poem for this year's festival.
Look out, look up! Leave the dishes drying,
gather the children, turn off the TV,
and come and see the Red Arrows flying.
Oh there’s work to be done, and the work is trying,
but no one needs another cup of tea.
Look out, look up; leave the dishes drying,
Bournemouth’s in bloom and the Mayor is buying,
and who’s not glad to be beside the sea?
Come now and see the Red Arrows flying.
Each new formation wholly satisfying
soaring from the page like poetry
looking out and up. Leave. The dishes drying
shudder as the planes go higher, plying
blue sky with endless possibility.
Look out! Look up! Leave the dishes drying
and come and see, the Red Arrows flying.
You can hear James read the poem on his website here and follow him on Twitter @James_Manlow
Right, that's the shameless self promotion out of the way, we can tell you a bit about what's happening this morning.
There's a meet and greet with the Red Arrows at their PR tent on the seafront from 11am but you'll need to queue.
The official event launch is at 10.30am with the organisers promising a suprise.
As ever, we're running our photographic competition with £300 in Castle Cameras vouchers to be won, details on how to enter are here. But this year we're also running a phone-only picture of the day competition in association with new app Postsnap. Read about that here. And to get in you in the mood, here are the 39 best photo competition entries from the last six years.
If you've never been to the festival before, here's our essential guide to what you need to know and here's what's on today and tonight at Night Air. And here's our guide to ten things not to miss.
So, first things first. Our weather watch seems to suggest that it's not going to rain at all over the four days. Cloud may or may not be a problem tomorrow but it should be okay today.
Lovely pictures of the RN RAF ships arriving in the bay this morning from Richard Crease.
Good morning and welcome to the first day of our live coverage of Bournemouth Air Festival.