COUNCIL chiefs are putting their hands in their pockets to finance a £12,000 visit by the Vulcan aircraft to Airbourne.
The Cold War bomber is headlining the four-day airshowas the Red Arrows have already been booked to fly in Russia.
Eastbourne Borough Council had been seeking a sponsor to pay the £12,000 bill for an appearance by the popular Vulcan, the only one left in the UK, but it revealed that the cost would be met from the council coffers.
Cabinet member for tourism Councillor Neil Stanley said, “The Vulcan has been financed by part of the flying asset budget, since it is Airbourne’s 20th anniversary year we wanted to get something new to wow the loyal crowds and the Vulcan was definitely the best option.”
The Vulcan will be flying for the first time in Eastbourne on August 11.
It leads a line-up of more than 75 flying displays including Europe’s only airworthy B17 Flying Fortress, affectionately known as ‘Sally B’ from the film Memphis Belle.
The show will also mark the return of the impressive Chinook display, the RAF Tornado GR4, Hawks, King Air, Tucano, Tutor, Sea King, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Army Air Corps Lynx.
Cllr Stanley added, “We are so delighted the Vulcan is back in the skies again, it is an amazing aircraft and with its deep rumble and imposing shape, it’s like nothing we have ever seen here in Eastbourne before.”
Also joining the line up are the UK’s only civilian supersonic jet aerobatic team, the Red Gnat Display Team, using the Folland Gnat aircraft, formerly the aircraft of choice by the Red Arrows.
The team includes several former RAF pilots, including Willy Hackett who flew the Tornado F3 over Eastbourne several years ago.
Plenty of aerobatics will be on offer from former World Grand Prix Gold medal winners the Red Bull Matadors, the Breitling Wingwalkers and the aerodynamic SWIP Silence Twister team.
French team La Patrouille Reva add a touch of elegance with their purpose built AcroEZ aircraft, based on a combination of the aerodynamic NASA built Rutan VariEze and the Mirage III.
Plus The Blades will be zooming across the skies at Airbourne over all four days, hot on the heels of their recent world record achievement of flying 26 consecutive formation loops.
Joining the B17 in the classic aircraft line up is the Hawker Hunter jet aircraft (Miss Demeanour), plus the Jet Provost, P-51 Mustang, and a spectacular dogfight from the Spitfire and Messerschmitt ME109.
Dropping in on all the action will be parachute teams from the Royal Navy and the British Army Tigers, plus arena events and an end of show finale to coincide with the Olympic closing ceremony shown live on a big screen at Princes Park.