Plans for Airbourne have got off to a flying start this year with the Red Arrows, Eurofighter Typhoon and Vulcan cold war bomber all confirmed to fly at the free four-day air show which returns this summer.
The world renowned RAF Red Arrows display team will wow crowds on the seafront, beaches and reopened pier with three performances over Eastbourne, in one of the UK’s biggest free airshows from August 13 to 16.
The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon will provide a fast jet highlight on three days and history fans can look forward to the return of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features a four-ship formation from the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota.
The world’s only flying Vulcan bomber makes an appearance as it nears retirement and the Tutor returns to display its agility, along with a new variant Hawk T2 duo display.
Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet Member for tourism and leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps, said, “Eastbourne has a special place in its heart for the Red Arrows so we are delighted to welcome back the world’s best aerial display team.
“Many special memories are made thanks to this amazing team, from meeting fans on the ground, to marriage proposals and even themed fireworks.
“Coupled with the awesome Typhoon and what could possibly be the last chance to see the imposing sight and sound of the Vulcan, we are in for a real treat this year.”
The four day show also features ground displays on the Western Lawns, Wish Tower Slope and seafront.
There will be a military exhibition, live music on the beach stage, children’s entertainment areas, helicopter pleasure flights, evening concerts and fireworks, which move to a new slot on Saturday night.
Now in what could possibly be its final display season, the Vulcan cold war jet is set to perform over Eastbourne in a remarkable return to the show, after record donations from Airbourne fans last year. The bomber, which last visited the show in 2012, is a rare sight and unique to the display circuit.
The flying display is part funded from public donations each year at Airbourne, thanks to local resident David Dickens and collections organised by Marco and Cathy Giorgi along with the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, with 30 per cent of the proceeds also passed onto local charities.
Shadow cabinet member for tourism and leisure, Cllr Philip Ede, added, “With the Red Arrows and the legendary Vulcan Bomber sharing top billing, this promises to be the most popular air show yet, providing a boost to the resort in more ways than one.
“The factor that makes this appearance of the Vulcan possible is the generous contribution of one particular fan, who deserves our thanks. I know we’ve said it before but this really may be the last time we see this aircraft perform - so make the most of it.”