Airbourne Day One: History is made as Lancaster bombers take to the skies

Red Arrows over the pier. Airbourne 2014. SUS-140814-183653001
Red Arrows over the pier. Airbourne 2014. SUS-140814-183653001

Thousands of people flocked to the seafront to enjoy a full day of flying activity as Airbourne took off today (Thursday, August 14).

Despite a wet and dreary morning, the clouds made way for a bit of sunshine and blue sky in the afternoon and all the planned planes took to the air without a hitch.

The Tigers Parachute Team began proceedings at 12.30 before the Wingwalkers entertained the crowds at 13.40. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with the WWII Canadian Lancaster, which began at 3pm.

This was the first time the Canadian Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber, known as Vera, has been to England since the Second World War and history was made as Airbourne became the first European airshow to host the historic reunion of this plane and the only other flying Lancaster bomber, PA 474, which features in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The ever-popular Red Arrows took to the skies at 4pm, spraying colour in the sky above the skeleton of Eastbourne Pier’s arcade.

The Red Arrows are celebrating their 50th anniversary and will perform flypasts every day of the four-day airshow.

The free event continues on the seafront until Sunday. For more information and to see what else is on offer, visit

See Friday’s Eastbourne Herald for three pages of pictures from the first day of Airbourne.