Eastbourne Airbourne - all thrills, no spills

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One of Europe’s biggest and most thrilling air shows returns to Eastbourne this week.

Airbourne - the Eastbourne International Airshow - runs from Thursday to Sunday, August 14 to 17 - and entry is free.

There’s a line-up of military fast jets, helicopters, parachutists and displays from aerobatics teams including the Red Arrows who display every day. This year’s Airbourne features a heart-stopping display by historic vintage aircraft from World War II such as a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster bomber - the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world.

Visitors to the seafront show can also enjoy a new entertainment line-up with a music stage on the beach and live bands playing into the early evening.

Acts include the X-Factor finalist Luke Friend, made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing and The Mend from Britain’s Got Talent.

For youngsters there’s a chance to meet Barny Bear and take part in the Haribo Big Bag Tour.

Sunday evening sees a firework display from 10pm at the Wish Tower beach with a red, white, blue and gold display to celebrate the Red Arrows’ Golden anniversary.

Powered flight enthusiasts will be keen to watch the multi-role combat military jet, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Other specialist aircraft showing their paces are the English Electric Canberra, the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, training craft such as the Grob Tutor and the Tucano T1 and the RAF’s famous Chinook helicopter.

Displays are being staged by the Red Gnats, The Blades Aerobatic Team, The Breitling Wingwalkers, the Tigers Parachute display team and the Royal Navy Raiders.

On Sunday renowned aviator Brendan O’Briend demonstrates his own flying circus.

Park and ride services operate from Princes Park, Wartling Road, Eastbourne to the Sovereign Centre swimming pool (£4 to park and £2 fare) and St Andrew’s School playing field (operated by the Rotary Club which takes donations.)