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AIRSHOW NEWS: Clacton Air Show 2014 Receives Turbo Boost

Clacton Air Show has received a real turbo boost by signing up the Red Arrows for this summer’s event.

One of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams will once again be performing for massed crowds along the town’s seafront on Friday August 22.

It is a significant coup to have the team back as they are in great demand in their 50th display season.

Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Events and Leisure Services said the Red Arrows represent the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force.

“In their distinctive Hawk jets they perform dynamic displays around the world and it is a great honour to host them in Clacton,” he said.

“They are great ambassadors for Britain and that includes the pilots, engineers and support staff that make up the whole team.”

The Red Arrows have been coming to the Clacton Air Show for more than 20 years.

Cllr Platt said the Air Show team is working hard behind the scenes to come up with a full and exciting programme for the show on August 21 and 22.

“Whenever you are organising an event such as this you always want to sign up the Red Arrows but there will be a whole host of aircraft on board by the time the show comes around and one or two surprises,” he added.

Clacton will once again be the only seaside East Coast event of its kind as attempts to get Lowestoft and Southend off the ground again have met with failure.

Hopefully fans that would previously go to those shows in the past will be tempted to come along to Clacton as they did last year.

Also at this stage, the organisers are able to announce that the Tucano will by flying both days.

Loved by flight fans, the Tucano’s handling is very similar to that of a jet aircraft and it provides an excellent workhorse for training fast jet pilots in all aspects of military flying.

It is used to develop a whole range of skills and can be flown in all types of weather – by day and by night.

The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.

Last year it attracted around 140,000 people over the two days.

Due to hard work and careful budgeting the event is getting to a point where it is close to breaking even and is sustainable.

Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Airbourne Announces RAF Flying for Golden Year of Red Arrows

Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow is getting ready for a golden year of RAF displays, joining the RAF Red Arrows in celebrating 50 years of flying.

With four days of Red Arrows displays already confirmed, Eastbourne will also welcome the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tucano, Tutor, Sea King and for fast jet fans, the resounding heavy metal of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The four day free seafront airshow which runs from 14 – 17 August also sees the return of the Army and Navy too, with a larger military exhibition planned for the Western Lawns, and many more aircraft and international displays still to come.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “After the fantastic news about the Red Arrows, it’s great to see favourites such as the Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also joining the line up again. Its still early days for our flying programme, so this is a great start to a golden year!”

Fans can look forward to the return of children’s entertainment beaches, parachute displays and top flight display line hospitality in the Aviator Club with 3 course lunch from £85 per person and Cirrus Rooms buffet from £66 per person. Exclusive seating can also be booked online at £12 per adult and £8 per child.

Fans can also get a birds eye view of the flying from iconic beauty spot Beachy Head or take to the skies with a helicopter pleasure flight over the scenic South Downs National Park.

Businesses are currently being approached to sponsor flying displays, including the return of the Vulcan, which could return if enough money is raised to cover the extensive running costs. To sponsor a display call Tourism Marketing on 01323 415660 for more details.

To book hospitality call 01323 415313 or download a booking form from the website. For more information visit or telephone the Tourist Information Centre on 0871 663 0031.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Southend Airshow and Military Festival Postponed until 2015

From the Southend Daily Echo:

THE Southend Airshow & Military Festival has been postponed until 2015!

A funding shortfall has lead organisers to postpone this year’s inaugural event.

They say they have been unable to raise the final £35,000 required to secure the show.

John Delaney and Thomas Curtis received final approval from Southend Council to run the airshow in July.

The pair stepped in after Southend Council said it could no longer afford to run the popular annual event.

In less than a year the team raised £185,000 sourced from sponsors including Headline Toomey Motor Group.

Thomas Curtis said: “Though it’s undoubtedly a sad day for myself and the team, postponing the event to 2015 does not remove the achievements we have made this year.

“From the creation of Southend Airshow CIC, ‘Gibson’ the Airshow Bear and raising an amazing £185,000 in just nine months. This is combined with the massive success we have found found on Facebook, where we have in excess of 23,000 supporters making us one of the largest, if not the largest Airshow Facebook page in the country.”

AIRSHOW NEWS: Sunderland International Airshow nominated for prestigious award

ONE of the largest Airshow’s in Europe has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Sunderland International Airshow has been nominated for the Tourism Event of the Year Award at the North East England Tourism Awards 2013. The event, organised by Sunderland Live, celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.

Chris Alexander, Sunderland Live’s Chief Operating Officer, said; “We’re thrilled that the Sunderland International Airshow has been shortlisted for the North East Tourism awards. We have some tough competition from other nominees including The Ashes at Durham Cricket Club and the Lindisfarne Gospels but it’s fantastic to be in such esteemed company with other prestigious events.

This year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the International Airshow, which was a huge success, attracting over 850,000 people to Sunderland in July to enjoy live music, family entertainment and spectacular flying displays over the North Sea.”

“There were many highlights over the weekend including a rare evening display from the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which paid tribute to the aviators of World War II as well as the Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache Solo Display Team 2013 of the 301 ‘Redskins’ Apache Squadron who brought an international element to the event and were the first Air Force worldwide to perform with the Apache helicopter.

Other highlights included; The RAF’s Tucano solo display, The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, SWIP Team, Breitling Wingwalkers and The Blades who made a welcome return to Sunderland in their original orange colours.

The North East England Tourism Awards will take place on 21 November and the winners will compete nationally against winners at the Visit England Awards next year.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Tendring District Council Confirms Clacton Air Show For 2014

Clacton Air Show will definitely take place next year.

That is the promise of Tendring District Council (TDC) Leader Peter Halliday following the huge success of August’s event.

Cllr Halliday told the Cabinet at a meeting today that budget projections for the 2013 show had been exceeded in nearly all areas.

“While we still have a few invoices to be received and finalised I can confidently say that we are in a very healthy position – despite spending more money on flights than ever before” he said.

“Our bucket collection over the two days of the air show brought in £9,500 and this is compared to just under £1,000 last year.

“Trade stand income was boosted from just under £39,000 in 2012 to more than £50,000 this year – an impressive increase of £14,000.”

There were 7,000 programmes produced and printed by Green Square Communications at no cost to the Council and sold at £4 each.

Some 4,750 were sold in advance or on the days of the event and a further 500 were provided to sponsors, advertisers and stakeholders leaving 1,750 which are still available from the Tourist Information Centre at Clacton Town Hall.

“We have received many positive comments about the excellent quality of the programme and the inclusion of a free poster inside,” added Cllr Halliday.

“We put on a high quality flight programme which included the Vulcan and Red Arrows and a host of top entertainment on the ground.

“I can honestly say that I am extremely proud to say that TDC put on the event which was appreciated by around 140,000 people over the two days.”

On top of the direct finances for the show it also generated more than £4million for the local economy, over and above what would normally be taken over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The 2014 Clacton Air Show will take place on August 21 and 22.

“The income from this year’s event, including the amount generously given in the bucket collection means that we will definitely be going ahead next year,” said Cllr Halliday.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Airbourne welcomes Disney’s Planes with the Matadors!

Celebrating the new feature film release of Disney’s Planes, in UK cinemas 16 August 2013, Disney and the Matadors Aerobatic Team present Team Dusty and Team Ripslinger to Eastbourne’s skies for an out of this world display at Airbourne.

Airbourne 15-18 August is just weeks away and the line up is phenomenal this year. The Matadors are undergoing a Planes makeover and will be entertaining crowds with a movie inspired display!

The two fully Planes branded Sbach XtremeAir XA41s are piloted by air racing champion Paul Bonhomme (Team Dusty) and Steve Jones (Team Ripslinger).

From above the world of Cars and Cars 2, Planes is an action packed 3D animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing and happens to be afraid of heights. Dusty turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him qualify to take on the defending race circuit champ; Ripslinger. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible.

Visitors should look out for the Disney Racing Hangar near the arena, where they will also have the chance to meet the pilots, test their flying skills and participate in other fun activities! More details including meet and greet times can be found in the Airbourne Programme.

For more information on Eastbourne Airbourne go to

AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan signs up for ​Clacton Airshow on A​ugust 23​

The ever popular crowd-pulling Vulcan bomber will be appearing at the Clacton Air Show this summer. Tendring District Council (TDC), organisers of the event, has secured its appearance on Friday, August 23.

The Avro Vulcan, the most recognisable of the V-bombers, made its debut at the air show last year and proved a smash hit with people travelling from far and wide to get a glimpse.

The aircraft appearing at Clacton is the world’s last flying Avro Vulcan.

There had been fears that it would have to stop flying at the end of the year but earlier this month it was announced its future is secure through to the end of 2015 at least.

It is to receive a vital airframe modification that will ensure that she is airworthy for a while longer. The good news was made following extensive research by The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the charity that operates the aircraft. The charity’s engineering team now believes it can solve the series of complex technical challenges that could have grounded her for good.

The Avro Vulcan was one of the most impressive aircraft of its time and remains so to this day, incorporating many advances in technology and aerodynamics when it was designed in the years after the Second World War. Its requirement was to fly long distances and drop nuclear bombs but the only war it ever took part in was a conventional one in the Falklands.

Alan Goggin, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said the Vulcan is a major coup for the show “We promised that there was a big announcement to come – and they don’t come much bigger, or louder, than the Vulcan Bomber,” he said. “So many people said we had to get it back after last year’s display and I am delighted the team have pulled it off.”

Further details of other flights, activities and attractions will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

Cllr Goggin added that the addition of the Vulcan has financial implications for the two-day event which takes place on August 22 and 23.

“It would be fantastic if there was a firm or organisation out there which would be willing to sponsor that particular aircraft and I can promise them an excellent package should they wish to do so,” he said.

“We are also very hopeful that the appearance of the Vulcan will persuade people to dig deep and make a contribution when the buckets go round at the show for a donation.”

The Vulcan will be joining the Tutor, Tucano and Sea King helicopter, the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and Trig Aerobatic team in the programme – and there will be more to come.

The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.

Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Folkestone Airshow cancelled

The organisers of the Folkestone Airshow have released the following on Facebook:-

It is with great sadness, that we have to confirm that Folkestone Airshow on Saturday 8th June 2013, will not take place.

After a very difficult few weeks, the hard decision has been taken to cancel Folkestone Airshow for a number of factors.

We will continue to look into the financial viability of continuing the work already completed, to see if it is at all possible of postponing until 2014 and to carry forward the commitment of our sponsors and organisations who have supported Folkestone Airshow into 2014.

We will continue to contact those personally involved over the next few days with further information and a full news release will be issued early next week

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support for Folkestone Airshow and I do hope that you will continue to support us into 2014. Yvonne Holder Project Manager/Event Organiser

AIRSHOW NEWS: Italian Air Force RSV Airshow Participation 2013

The Italian Air Force RSV (Reparto Sperimentale Volo) has released details of it’s airshow participation for the 2013 display season which includes the Weston Air Day and the Royal International Air Tattoo.

  • 19th May- 80° anniversario Crociera Atlantica – AMX-TORNADO-C27J
  • 9th June- Aeroparma – Tornado, EF2000, AMX
  • 22nd June- Weston Air Day – HH139
  • 20th-21st July – Royal International Air Tattoo – C27J, EF2000
  • 3rd-4th August – Kecskemet – C27J, HH139
  • 11th August – Tortolì/Arbatax – AMX, Tornado, EF2000
  • 24th-25th August – Radom – EF2000, C27J
  • 1st September – Jesolo – All Aircraft

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Chinook Display Team Announced

From the RAF Chinook Display Team Website

The 2013 RAF Chinook Display Team has been announced. The Team is back after an award winning 2012 season and ready to put on the best display yet. The captain for 2013 will be Flight Lieutenant Paul Farmer. This will be his second year with the Display Team. This year’s Co-Pilot is Flight Lieutenant Gareth Allen, the Display Manager Flight Lieutenant Kyle Thomas and the Rear Crew are Sergeants Andy Caldwell and Steve Jones. The season this year will be made all the more challenging due to the two over water displays. The lack of visual references for the pilots makes the manoeuvres flown far more challenging.

The RAF Chinook Display this year will be flown by crew members who have recently served in Afghanistan. Members of the team, made up of personnel from 18 and 27 Squadrons, arrived back from Op Herrick as recently as December 12.

‘We hope that the 2013 display will be viewed as the best yet, really allowing the crew to demonstrate the power and manoeuvrability of the Chinook, something that you might not expect to see from such a large aircraft’.

You can see the Team display at the following events during the 2013 season:

9 June: Cosford Air Show
6-7 July: Waddington International Air Show
13 July: Yeovilton International Air Day
20-21 July: The Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford
16-18 August: Eastbourne Air Show
24-25 August: Car-fest South for Children in Need
30 August – 1 September: Bournemouth Air Festival



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