Grab your seat for the best show in town, the Red Arrows return for one of their daring flying feats.
With just hours to go to the annual air festival in Weston-super-Mare, the final touches are being made to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever. The festival is one of the highlights of the summer calendar and last year’s event saw about 170,000 people pack the seafront.
This year’s event takes place over the weekend of Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June alongside Armed Forces weekend and three nights of live music at the Tropicana.
With a trademark combination of close formation flying and dynamic loops and rolls, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows Aerobatic Team will return to the skies on Saturday at 14.10pm for the fourth year running.
This year the festival will also feature RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a twin-engine fighter plane, for the first time. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Spitfire and Hurricane, Breitling Wing Walkers, De Havilland Sea Vixen and Team Raven Formation display are among some of the other airborne acts over the weekend.
Up to 20 helicopters will be present on the South Beach Lawn for close and personal inspection by visitors. Organised and supervised by trained volunteers from The Helicopter Museum, all the aircraft will be flying in over the weekend, arriving each day before the flying displays begin and departing after 5.30pm. As well as the flying helicopters, the museum will be bringing its Gazelle helicopter cockpit for children to enjoy and a range of goodies in its own marquee.
The running order and guide times for the air festival flights are now available, and festival goers are encouraged to visit www.westonairfestival.com or follow @WestonSeafront on Twitter for up-to-date information about flight times.
Down on the ground, there will also be fun fair rides, trade stands and activities such as mini tanks, a zip-wire and giant inflatables.
During the weekend the Beach Lawns will also be packed with military exhibitions and displays to mark Armed Forces Weekend, jointly organised with Weston Town Council.
Following the flag raising ceremony, there will be marching displays and performances from military bands.