A highlight of the Bournemouth Air Festival for the past couple of years has been the Night Air flying displays held on the Thursday and Friday evenings. 2012 saw the first time the displays had been held over both evenings and featured a varied selection of displays including Peter Teichman and his Spitfire PRXI, the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Tigers Parachute Display Team, O’Brien’s Flying Circus and the SWIP Team.

What makes the Night Air Flying Display so special is the atmosphere and the setting. The Bournemouth Seafront and backdrop is one of the best of any airshow in the UK with the Isle of Wight in the east and the Isle of Purbeck to the west. The Backdrop is given further drama by the presence of Royal Navy ships and their twinkling navigation lights reflected in the water under the orange and blue sky of the Dorset sunset.

Night Air has grown in popularity too with more and more people staying on after the main flying displays have finished to enjoy one of the best spectacles at British airshows – long may it continue.