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AIRSHOW NEWS: See two Lancasters close-up at the Jersey International Air Display 2014

CWHM Lancaster - Image © Doug Fisher

A rare chance to see the world’s only two airworthy Avro Lancasters close-up will be offered as part of this year’s Jersey International Air Display, taking place on Thursday 11 September.

The aircraft, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, will form part of the show’s static display at Jersey Airport before and after their flying appearance over the Bay of St Aubin’s on Thursday 11 September. For a small fee, in aid of Help for Heroes, it will be possible to get up close to the pair of Lancasters – an opportunity only afforded at very few venues during the Canadian aircraft’s visit.

The arrival of the Lancasters at Jersey Airport is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 10 September. They will leave on Friday 12 September. The static display at the airport’s south apron is open during the following times:

  • Wednesday 10 September: 14.30hrs to 19.00hrs
  • Thursday 11 September: 08.00hrs to 09.30hrs
  • Thursday 11 September: 17.30hrs to 19.00hrs
  • Friday 12 September: 08.30hrs to 12.00hrs

Admission to the static display costs just £5.00 per person. Visitors are urged also to buy a copy of the show’s comprehensive souvenir programme, as this is one of the major means of funding the display.

The free air display takes place over the Bay of St Aubin’s during the afternoon of Thursday 11 September. Over the years, Jersey has become renowned as one of the most imaginative airshows on the scene — indeed, in 2013 it was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Bowen Trophy, presented by the European Airshow Council to what it considered the previous year’s best European air display.

This year’s list of flying display participants is as follows (correct to 2 September):

  • RAF Red Arrows
  • RAF Tucano
  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire
  • Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster (first Jersey appearance)
  • Army Air Corps Lynx AH7
  • Swedish Air Force Historic Flight AJS 37 Viggen, J 29F ‘Tunnan’, SK 35C Draken (first Jersey appearance) and SK 60
  • Autogyro (first Jersey appearance)
  • English Electric Canberra PR9
  • Hawker Hunter T7
  • Morane-Saulnier MS406 (first Jersey appearance)
  • Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
  • Polikarpov I-16 ‘Rata’ (first Jersey appearance)
  • Curtiss P-40N Warhawk (first Jersey appearance)

 

Further acts may be added depending on sponsorship.

In addition, a Polish Navy M28 Bryza 1R maritime patrol aircraft will form part of the airport static display, while helicopters on static display there, and in St Helier’s Lower Park or People’s Park on the day of the flying display, will comprise a Royal Navy Lynx, Merlin and Sea King

For further information, including the latest details of participants and timings, visit www.jerseyairdisplay.org.uk or https://www.facebook.com/JerseyInternationalAirDisplay

AIRSHOW NEWS: Jersey International Air Display 2014

Jersey International Air Display

The Jersey International Air Display is taking place on Thursday 11 September 2014. There will be static displays at Jersey airport on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a rotary wing static display on either the Lower Park or Peoples Park in St Helier adjacent to where the flying display is taking place over the Bay of St Aubins The air display is organised by a not for profit company which has two objectives: supporting British Military Charities and supporting tourism in Jersey. The dedicated Service Charity for 2014 is Help for Heroes.

The air display is funded through sponsorship, programme sales and the small charge to the airport static display.The air display is free but there is a small admittance charge to the airport static display. £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for children.Following some losses to the previously published attendees the current line-up is as follows:

Flying Display

  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Tucano T.1
  • RAF BBMF Hurricane
  • RAF BBMF Spitfire
  • RAF BBMF Lancaster B.1
  • RAF Red Arrows
  • Army Lynx AH.7 demonstration team
  • Autogyro
  • Canadian Warplane Museum Lancaster B.X
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight Sk.60
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight J-29F Tunnan
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight SK-35 Draken
  • Swedish AF Historic Flight AJ-37 Viggen
  • Morane Saulnier MS.406
  • Polikarpov I – 16 Rata (Flying)
  • French P-40
  • French OV-10 Bronco
  • English Electric Canberra PR.9
  • Hawker Hunter T.7

Rotary and Airport Static Displays

All the aircraft in the flying display will appear in our airport static display with the exception of the Canberra, which is only making a fleeting visit to the airport either before or after flying in the air display will be in the airport static display.

In addition:-

  • RN Merlin (Airport and Park Static)
  • RN Lynx (Airport and Park Static)
  • RN Sea King (Airport and Park Static)
  • Polish Navy Bryza 1R (Airport Static only)

For those coming to Jersey both Lancasters will be arriving on Wednesday 10th and departing on the Friday 12th September and will be at our airport static display on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the vast majority of the other aircraft taking part in the display. The static admission charge is £5 or less for an adult and £2.00 for a child.We are still looking at a number of additional aircraft for the flying display should additional sponsorship be forthcoming.

The air display is free to view but we ask everyone coming to purchase a copy or two of our full colour souvenir programme, which is an essential element in funding the air display. The cost is £5.

 

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Festival launches with a big drop!

Abseiling Royal Marines fast roped into today’s opening ceremony of the 7th Bournemouth Air Festival. Attended by Forces dignitaries the event celebrated the start of the much anticipated summer festival whilst also marking the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

Established in 1664 the Royal Marines arrived with gusto and were presented to Commodore Jamie Miller, Brigadier Piers Hankinson, Group Captain Catherine Coton and The Mayor of Bournemouth Councillor Chris Mayne.

In its 7th year, the Bournemouth Air Festival is the only event of its kind which brings together the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, civilian aircraft, display teams, trading and an awesome Night Air programme – all set against the backdrop of award-winning Bournemouth.

Commodore Miller said; “Over the next four days you will see the greatest ever concentration of Naval force yet at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Working with the Royal Marines, Army and French Navy we will be showcasing what we do best and demonstrating this on Friday to The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas. We are confident this will be our best year yet!”

Welcoming back aircraft favourites and a number of Festival firsts, the line up for this year’s Festival is not to be missed! With a full allocation of RAF display aircraft, the skies over Bournemouth will be hosting the Red Arrows for all four days, a festival first, the mighty Typhoon (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in a historical never to be seen again flight with the Canadian Lancaster. In addition get set for the Tutor, Tucano, RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and Dakota.

RAF Group Captain Catherine Coton said; “The Air Festival is a high priority event for the RAF, in terms of audience numbers it is perfect for showcasing our aircraft and offers a first class arena for engaging with the public. We’re really looking forward to the next 4 days and hope the public are too.”

Setting Bournemouth Air Festival apart from the other air shows is the stunning Night Air programme, Thursday – Saturday night from 6.15pm. Kick starting the evening entertainment is the Royal Marines Commando Recruiting Team followed by HM Royal Marines Band (CTCRM) performing the historical sunset Beat Retreat ceremony at 6.30pm. Dusk displays start at 7.15pm and from 8.30pm at the Bournemouth Corona Live Music stage check out ‘The Silver Beatles’ (Thursday), ‘Bootleg Blondie’ (Friday) and ‘ABBA Chique’ (Saturday). Ticketed performances at the Boscombe Corona Wave105 Live Music Stage welcomes acts including Rizzle Kicks, Sigma, Jack Savoretti, Rixton, Nell Bryden and xx Friday and Saturday night.

Jon Weaver, Air Festival Director added; “It really shows how far we have come over the last seven years to have such superb Royal Navy and RAF support. We can’t wait to welcome the First Sea Lord, it’s a really fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate how the event itself and people of Bournemouth work with and support the Armed Forces. The Royal Navy has played an integral part in making the Air Festival the success it is today and we’re extremely grateful. Year-on-year the event continues to grow with more ships, people and assets. And to have Sir George here to experience this first hand is a real accomplishment for us all!”

Opening the Festival’s display programme and not to be missed is 94-year old wingwalker Tom Lackey, performing for the last 10years he said; “Wing walking keeps me going and at my age I wouldn’t be alive without, it’s what I live for! I hope you’re able to watch me open this year’s Air Festival and can’t wait to show you all what I can do!”

Bringing land, sea and air together, complimented with an incredible Night Air programme the firmly established Bournemouth Air Festival is more than just an air show!

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

AIRSHOW NEWS: Sparks fly as Blades set to perform their first Night Air dusk display!

The Blades

World-class aerobatic team The Blades will be performing for the first time as part of the 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival Night Air dusk display.  Alongside O’Briens Flying Circus with a Solo Twister, Rolls Royce Spitfire and The Red Devils Parachute Team, The Blades will be performing two very special sunset displays, as part of the extended Night Air programme, on Friday and Saturday night.

A firm favourite the dusk displays started in 2010, Mark Cutmore, Blades Team Leader and Blade 1 said; “We are thrilled to be invited back to Bournemouth and given the opportunity to perform in the Night Air dusk displays.  It has been amazing to watch the event grow each year and even better to be part of it!”

In addition to the beautiful sunset displays, The Blades will also be performing Sunday afternoon, so plenty of opportunity to see these festival favourites take to the skies of Bournemouth.

The Night Air programme, sponsored by Corona, features three nights of incredible entertainment until 10pm with live music, Royal Navy and Royal Marine action on the East Overcliff, street entertainers in the Lower Gardens, music in the Bandstand and fireworks. TheWave105 stage at Boscombe Pier will be back hosting a line-up of incredible music including Rizzle Kicks, Rixton, Loveable Rogues, Alexa Goddard and Sigma on Friday night and Tony Hadley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Struts, Jack Savoretti and Nell Bryden on Saturday night.

Finishing the Night Air entertainment will be the famous firework displays on Thursday and Friday and beach pyrotechnics, after the dusk displays, on Friday and Saturday.

Keep up-to-date with Air Festival news and information at www.bournemouthair.co.uk  

AIRSHOW NEWS: Canadian Lancaster Begins Transatlantic Flight Prior to UK’s First Formation Display in 50 Years at Eastbourne Airshow

With Eastbourne Airshow just a couple of weeks away, the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber is set to begin its long journey back to the UK this Tuesday.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber, which makes its return to England for the first time since WWII, will display first over Eastbourne with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world.

Re-united as a special salute to veterans of Bomber Command, the reunion over Eastbourne will make them the first Lancaster bombers to display in formation over Britain in 50 years!

Named after Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski, the Canadian Lancaster was so called after the airman won a posthumous Victorian Cross for his attempts to save a tail gunner from a blazing plane over France just a week after D-Day. Mynarski sadly died but tail gunner Pat Brophy miraculously survived.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “We are very excited to see the two Lancaster’s reunite for the first time in 50 years at our airshow. This will be a fantastic tribute to Bomber Command and with just a few days to go before it makes it’s journey from Canada, we hope fans will enjoy the excitement of the build up to this awesome event!”

Eastbourne will be the first UK airshow to see the momentous occasion at 2.59pm on Thursday 14 August. After the spectacular display with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, several trained Lancaster pilots and crew from the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber will be on hand to talk to the crowds at the show.

The Canadian Lancaster bomber will display in formation with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at 2.59pm on Thursday, 3pm on Friday, 3.05pm on Saturday and 12.57pm on Sunday.

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Phillip Ede said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the two Lancasters together at our free airshow. We are delighted to welcome this historic aircraft, along with the Red Arrows during their 50th anniversary year, along with many other fantastic display teams.”

The bomber is due to fly out from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario, Canada at 10am on Tuesday 5th August, on the first leg of its four day transatlantic trip. Stopping off in Goose Bay, Greenland and Iceland en route, it will continue its journey to RAF Coningsby where it will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for a period of scheduled maintenance and training.

Eastbourne will be the first airshow on a two month tour to see both Lancasters display together for the first time in 50 years and VisitEastbourne will be following the momentous journey with daily updates on Facebook/AirbourneEastbourne and Twitter @Eb_Airshow as well as on www.eastbourneairshow.com

Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 14 – 17 August and entry is free. The event opens from 10am each day with music and entertainment on stage until 7.30pm each evening and an end of show party on Sunday, culminating in a special Red Arrows 50th anniversary themed fireworks display at 10pm.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Eurofighter Typhoon to make return appearance at Clacton air show

One of the RAF’s top multi-role combat aircraft will be making a long overdue and welcome return to Clacton Air Show later this month.

The Typhoon Eurofighter has not appeared at the event for a number of years and is one of the most popular displays with flight fans around the world.

Its many roles include air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict and it is currently employed in various locations including the Falkland Islands.

With a maximum speed of Mach 2 plus and carrying a multitude of weapons it allows the RAF to deliver combat air power wherever and whenever it is required.

Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Events, said it is a fantastic coup to get the Typhoon and the icing on the cake for the show.

“It is some years since this versatile powerful jet has been seen in the skies over Clacton – but is not for the want of trying,” he said.

“It provides a fantastic spectacle and is a valuable addition to any line-up and I can’t wait to see it perform.

“This was the final announcement we have been waiting to make and it ensures we will have the strongest ever programme of displays in the air.”

The Typhoon joins the Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Royal Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among those signed up for August 21 and 22.

They also include the Sea King Helicopter, Tutor, Autogyro, Essex Air Ambulance, RAF Tucano, the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic Team, Rolls Royce Spitfire, the Bulldog as well as Richard Goodwin and his modified Pitts S2S G-EWIZ.

“It is a truly amazing list and I congratulate our team behind the scenes for pulling this all together – there really is something for everyone and I am sure it will pull in the crowds,” 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 this year 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: The First Sea Lord to attend Bournemouth Air Festival

Image © Paul Johnson

Bournemouth Air Festival has confirmed it will be hosting The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff , Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC at next month’s event. The professional head of the Royal Navy, Sir George will be here Friday 29th August visiting, amongst others, the flotilla of ships in the bay, meeting members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and seeing the Reserves and Cadets at work throughout the festival site.

Commodore Jamie Miller, Naval Regional Commander, said; “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming our leader, The First Sea Lord, to the biggest community engagement event in the Royal Navy’s calendar. We are incredibly pleased to be showcasing our work here – the interactive village areas, beach assault demonstrations, music programmes and work of both the Cadets and Reservists – and lots of ships and aircraft too. This really will be cementing the partnerships and relationships we have made over the years and for years to come. And we do like Bournemouth lots too!”

It will be first time Sir George has experienced the incredible Air Festival – added Councillor Lawrence Williams, Tourism Portfolio Holder; “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate how the event itself and people of Bournemouth work with and support the Armed Forces. The Royal Navy has played an integral part in making the Air Festival the success it is today and we’re extremely grateful. Year-on-year the event continues to grow with more ships, people and assets. And to have Sir George here to experience this first hand is a real accomplishment for us all!”

The Air Festival introduced a charity wristband in 2011 and has supported forces charities for the last three years. The Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) has been the Navy nominated charity since 2011 and on Friday night the Hotel Miramar will be hosting the official Navy Blue Party in the presence of Sir George Zambellas. Tickets cost £40 per head, for more details call the Hotel Miramar 01202 556581.

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.

 

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