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AIRSHOW NEWS: Clacton Air Show line-up continues to take shape

Organisers of Clacton Air Show are promising one of the strongest ever line-ups of aerial displays for the event next month.

The Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Royal Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are already firmly placed in the programme during August 21 and 22.

They are joined by the Sea King Helicopter, Tutor, Autogyro, Essex Air Ambulance, and RAF Tucano.

And now the team has also managed to sign up the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic Team, Rolls Royce Spitfire, the Bulldog as well as Richard Goodwin and his modified Pitts S2S G-EWIZ.

There is also going to be one more major announcement for flight fans at the start of August to round off a stunning collection in the skies over the town.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Events, said he is really excited at the prospect.

“Every year the team works hard to put together the best possible programme to bring in the visitors and thrill those of all ages who turn up for the show,” he said.

“They really have pulled out all stops this year and it promises to have all the necessary elements for a great event.

“I am delighted by what we already have in place but I have been told that there will be one more significant announcement which will really put the final touches to the line-up.”

Cllr Platt said he is delighted to be able to welcome back the Breitling Wingwalkers – who missed out on Clacton last year – and looks forward to the Trig Aerobatic Team performing once again.

The Wingwalkers have been specialists in display flying for almost 30 years and operate one of the best known civilian air display acts in Europe.

Pilot Martyn Carrington is a local lad who learned to fly at Clacton Airstrip and is always keen to visit his home town.

“Being a qualified pilot myself I am looking forward to two days of top flight entertainment in the air supported by plenty of other activities on the ground,” added Cllr Platt.

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.

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 trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Two high flyers added to the line-up for Clacton air show



The ever popular crowd-pulling Vulcan bomber will be returning to the award winning Clacton Air Show this summer.

Tendring District Council (TDC), organisers of the event, has secured its appearance on Thursday, 21 August.

The Avro Vulcan, the most recognisable of the V-bombers, made its debut at the air show in 2012 and proved a smash hit with people travelling from far and wide to get a glimpse, before returning again last year.

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 last year but its future is secure through to the end of 2015 at least.

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.

Also making an appearance this year is the Royal Canadian Lancaster Bomber with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which is tipped to be a “once in a lifetime event” with this particular formation.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Events, said both the Vulcan and the Lancaster Bomber are major attractions for the show.

“I am delighted that the team has secured these remarkable aircraft for the Clacton Air Show and I’m sure this echoes the sentiments of thousands of enthusiasts,” he said.

“This free event promises to ‘wow the crowds’ – and these aircraft will guarantee that promise”.

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

Additional parking will be laid on this year along with park and ride open-top bus transfers to transport enthusiasts to the area from Clacton Factory Outlet and Holland-on-Sea.

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.

General Air Show enquiries can be made on 01255 686633.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Bournemouth Air Festival takes flight

Image © Paul Johnson

The 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival, supported by Mouchel and City Fibre, has confirmed the line up of this summer’s magnificent aircraft – from historic flying machines, jets and display teams to sparkling dusk displays and parachute teams, there’s something for everyone. This year organisers have developed Night Air, sponsored by Corona, and are welcoming a number of new aircraft to the Festival including the much anticipated Canadian Lancaster, displaying at the weekend with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the Mid Air Squadron Canberra XH134.

In 1951 the Canberra joined the RAF as the first jet powered bomber. Believed to be the world’s longest serving bomber, the aircraft retired from active duty in 2006, now fully restored it is the only air-worthy Canberra of its type in the world.

Owner Mike Davis commented; Owner Mike Davis commented; “The Midair Squadron is an expertly managed passion and we’re really looking forward to bringing an aura of classic elegance to the skies of Bournemouth!”

Headlining the aviation action are the Red Arrows – representing the incredible speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force they will be displaying on all 4-days, Thursday at 1515, Friday 1500, Saturday 1635 and Sunday 1210. The RAF will also be displaying the Eurofighter Typhoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Tutor and Tucano training aircraft. The much anticipated weekend display will undoubtedly be when the world’s last two airworthy Lancaster bombers take centre stage the breathtaking Canadian Lancaster with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – in a meeting unlikely to happen ever again this is a must see for everyone.

There will be a host of Armed Forces helicopters taking to the skies with performances from The Royal Navy Merlin and for the first time a Lynx and Wildcat pairing; watch out for the Army Lynx and RAF Chinook, both flying every day.

Bournemouth favourite the Miss Demeanour soars to the Festival on Friday and Saturday and back to impress with magnificent grace Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Flying Fortress SallyB. The recently announced Avro Vulcan displays Saturday.

This year the fantastic daytime air display program is complemented by a longer dusk display starting at 7.15pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. New for this year’s Night Air line-up are the Blades performing a sunset display Friday and Saturday night (and Sunday daytime). Sponsored by the Miramar Hotel O’Briens Flying Circus and the Twister Duo will set the skies alight and The Red Devils Parachute Team, sponsored by the Patrons 100 Club, finishes the evening line up.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director added; “This year’s line-up is really ambitious, it’s got Festival favourites, Force and civilian teams, fast jets, loud aircraft, display teams and a sprinkle of dusk pyrotechnics. That’s not forgetting everything that’s happening on the ground, at sea and in the evening!”

For more information visit bournemouthair.co.uk, follow the Festival Facebook page bournemouthairfestival or follow the team on Twitter @bmthairfest.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Three more flight displays confirmed for Clacton Air Show 2014

The line-up for this year’s Clacton Air Show is really beginning to take-off with three more flight displays confirmed as part of the two day programme.

The Sea King Helicopter, The Tutor and the Autogyro will take to the skies on both August 21 and 22 to thrill fans.

They will join the world famous Red Arrows, who are appearing on the Friday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), the prized Avro Lancaster owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the Tucano, all of which fly both days.

The Sea King is always a popular visitor to the Clacton event and is greatly appreciated for the search and rescue (SAR) role it carries out from six locations around the UK.

The SAR squadrons provide 24-hour cover and each maintain a 15-minute readiness state during daylight hours and a 45-minute readiness state during the hours of darkness.

The RAF Tutor makes a welcome return after a year’s absence. This cost-effective, modern, elementary aircraft combines docile handling characteristics with good performance – making ideal for its training role.

The Autogyro was a new addition to the show in 2013 and went down very well with spectators.

Its display is formulated to be fun, exciting and exhilarating and something just a little bit different to the other displays on offer.

The Autogyro is cleared to fly just 50m from the crowd line at 100ft or less enabling spectators on the ground to interact with the pilot.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism, Events and Leisure Services, said the show promises to be one of the best ever.

“We will see two Lancasters flying together for the very first time over Clacton and that will be an amazing sight. On top of that we can boast a varied line-up which we will continue to add to over the coming weeks,” he said.

“I am assured by our team behind the event that there will be one or two extra surprises to yet be pulled out of the hat and further announcements will be made very soon.

“Having only recently taken over my role, it will be my first air show as Cabinet Member and I am really looking forward to a spectacular two days.”

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.

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: Vulcan in full effect at Bournemouth

Avro Vulcan XH558 at Bournemouth Air Festival - Image © Paul Johnson


It’s the news everyone has been waiting to hear – Air Festival organisers have confirmed the Avro Vulcan XH558 will be bringing its awesome roar to Bournemouth this August.

Thanks to a collective effort by Merley House, Vulcan to Bournemouth and Vulcan enthusiast Stephen Young Lord of Westbury and Waxham, the only airworthy example of the classic Cold War bomber has been funded for a single appearance on Saturday 30th August.

Maggie Keet, Bournemouth Vulcan to the Sky Trust said: ‘Seeing the magnificent Vulcan fly is a unique experience. As a representative of Vulcan to Bournemouth I’m so pleased it can now be enjoyed by spectators at the Bournemouth Air Festival once again.’

Councillor Lawrence Williams, Tourism Portfolio Holder, commented: ‘We’re extremely grateful to all those who helped to raise the funds to showcase the spectacular Vulcan XH558 at this year’s Air Festival. It’s an exceptional aircraft and I know many people, like me, will be looking forward to seeing it gracefully glide through Bournemouth’s skies.’

The iconic Vulcan has been a much-loved regular aircraft at the Air Festival since its first appearance in 2009, amazing the hundreds of thousands of people along the packed event arena with its size, roar and sheer presence.

Dr Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust said;
We are absolutely delighted that the Vulcan is returning once again to the beautiful venue of Bournemouth, particularly so because it is one of the premier seaside resorts in the UK, in addition to being one of our favourite display venues and an excellent backdrop for an appearance by this iconic aircraft. In the past we have experienced some technical difficulties which have sadly precluded us appearing in the Festival so we are really looking forward to having the opportunity to thrill and inspire the huge crowds that will undoubtedly come along to this superb event.

For more information visit bournemouthair.co.uk, see the official Air Festival Facebook page and follow the official Twitter feed @bmthairfest

AIRSHOW NEWS: Two Lancaster Bombers To Fly at Clacton Air Show For The Very First Time

The only two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world are due to take to the skies over Clacton for the very first time.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has once again signed up for both days of the event on August 21 and 22.

The BBMF Lancaster is to be joined by the prized Avro Lancaster owned by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM), which has been kept airborne by a $500,000 fundraising drive.

Now with its engines overhauled it will be appearing at a number of displays and activities in the UK during a month long visit to the country in August, including Clacton.

Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism, Events and Leisure Services, said it is a major coup for the show.

“To see two Lancasters flying together over our town will be an amazing sight to behold and I am sure it will pull in even more visitors this year,” he said.

“It will be a rare opportunity to witness the only two airworthy Lancasters in action and I can’t wait.

“Being a qualified pilot myself with a big interest in aircraft it will be an incredible experience not to be missed.”

The Canadian Lancaster is the jewel in the crown of the CWHM’s aircraft and it was only revealed earlier this month that it was all systems go for it to come over to the UK this summer.

“We had to wait for the final green light before we could make this announcement and it will be a memorable addition to our programme this year,” added Cllr Platt.

It has already been announced that the Clacton Air Show has secured the Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams on Friday August 22.

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

The Red Arrows have been appearing at the Clacton Air Show for more than 20 years now.

Another aircraft definitely making it to Clacton is the Tucano and further announcements about the programme are due to be made by the air show team over the coming months.

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.

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: 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 www.eastbourneairshow.com 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.

 

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