Posted on Thursday 1st August 2019
Now in its 12th
year, the award-winning Bournemouth Air Festival is set to host a smorgasbord of international air display teams and aircraft later this month. In fact, there will be more new displays then ever during the event’s mammoth run of four days and three nights of free entertainment, all set against the backdrop of the UK’s best seaside resort – make a date in your diary!
Avid festival fans love loud aircraft, so get ready for the noise as we welcome, alongside the RAF Typhoon, for the first time from Sweden the awesome Saab Draken and from Norway the Canadair T-33 Silver Star.
As well as vintage aircraft, two parachute teams, aerobatics displays, wingwalkers, night air pyrotechnics and fireworks the Ultimate Warbird Flights will be showcasing their dog fighting skills over the Bournemouth skies in a collection of stunning aircraft – look out for a Hispano Buchon, Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.
Regular favourites the brilliant Blades Aerobatic Display Team, Strikemaster, RAF Tucano, RAF Chinook, Royal Navy Wildcat, Tigers Parachute Display Team and, back by popular demand, Rich Goodwin’s stomach-turning Pitts Muscle Plane and the fantastic MiG15 will all be displaying during the four-day festival. Last seen in 2016 the full Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) line up, featuring the iconic Lancaster alongside Hurricane and Spitfire will be displaying on all four days.
The ever-popular Night Air dusk flying will be the best ever and feature the beautiful Fireflies, Red Devils Parachute Team and Brendan O’Brien piloting Otto the Helicopter. Even the RAF Typhoon will be performing it rip roaring dusk show, to add to the excitement.
Of course the Festival is not just an airshow. On land, between Bournemouth and Boscombe’s iconic piers there’s a host of country show trading sites, activation areas and military villages with a variety of tanks, vehicles and a host of ‘have a go equipment’.
As evening falls, along with beautiful dusk flying, Night Air entertainment will feature Royal Marines unarmed combat display and the HM Royal Marine Band Portsmouth performing the Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony. If that wasn’t enough there’s also live tribute bands performing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
Out at sea there once again will be a naval contingency providing a nautical backdrop in the bay and anchorage tours will be available.
For those that can’t wait for the flying display line up the Air Festival brochure is available to pre order online from bournemouthair.co.uk
, and the flying display line up, available with each brochure, can be accessed early July. Regarded as the UK’s most successful civilian air show with brilliant day and night time entertainment in the skies, on land and in the evening, the 12th Air Festival, takes place 29th
August – 1st
For details visit bournemouthair.co.uk or follow the Air Festival air crew on social media #bmthairfest
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