Red Arrows sign up for Eastbourne’s 2016 Airbourne display – but only on two days

The Red Arrows arrive at Eastbourne. Photo courtesy of VisitEastbourne. SUS-160224-133538001
The Red Arrows arrive at Eastbourne. Photo courtesy of VisitEastbourne. SUS-160224-133538001

The Red Arrows will once again be flying high over Eastbourne this summer – but only on two days of the four-day festival of flight.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, known as the Red Arrows, have just announced their 2016 flying programme and they plan to be doing displays over Eastbourne on August 12 and 13.

Photo of the Red Arows courtesy of  Adam Fletcher RAF MOD. SUS-160224-133447001

Photo of the Red Arows courtesy of Adam Fletcher RAF MOD. SUS-160224-133447001

The Arrows’ appearance at Airbourne, voted the UK’s best free airshow in the 2015 Airscene Awards, will see them joined by Royal Air Force displays from the Eurofighter Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the King Air from August 11-16.

There will also be more aircraft on display, including helicopters, further military aircraft, civilian and commercial display teams.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, said, “We are delighted to hear that airshow favourites, the Red Arrows have chosen to return to Airbourne for two great displays this year, which will no doubt attract many thousands of spectators, and along with the news that some other amazing military aircraft have been confirmed, our award-winning airshow is off to a high flying start!

“We can’t wait to confirm many more dazzling display teams and stunning jets in what will be another extensive flying programme.”

This year’s flying programme will see the roaring RAF Typhoon soaring above Eastbourne’s beach as it takes the skies on three days of Airbourne – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – when the 29 squadron showcases the aircraft’s incredible speed and performance ability.

Airshow visitors will also have the chance to see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on all four days, in a year which marks the 80th anniversary of the Spitfire and the 75th year of the Lancaster Bomber. The King Air a multi-engine pilot trainer which is part of No. 3 Flying Training School based at RAF Cranwell, will fly on Saturday and Sunday.

Airbourne is awaiting news from VisitEngland to hear whether it has achieved Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended status in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, after it was announced as a winner in the ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ category by the national tourism board last month; the results will be announced at an awards ceremony in Blackpool on 8 March during English Tourism Week.

The news came less than two months after Airbourne was awarded Gold in the category of ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ at the Beautiful South Awards, organised by Tourism South East.

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