Super Saturday at the Eastbourne Airshow

The Vulcan. Photo by Eric Coeckelberghs, courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust SUS-150508-155546001
The Vulcan. Photo by Eric Coeckelberghs, courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust SUS-150508-155546001

IT LOOKS like being a dry day for the Eastbourne Airshow, with a popular aircraft making its final appearance.

Today (August 15) marks the final appearance of the Cold War Vulcan bomber, which is set to fly over at 2.29pm.

Thousands will bid a fond farewell to the jet, which retires at the end of the season.

Flying starts along the seafront at 12.35pm with the RAF Red Arrows expected to fly in at 4.30pm.

This afternoon also features displays from the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tutor, a new Hawk T2 duo display and the Battle of Britain memorial flight, which features a four-ship formation from the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota.

Other aircraft appearing include: a Chinook helicopter, a Tigers parachute display team, a Sea King HC4, a P40 Kittyhawk, The Blades, Jet Provost, Rv8tors, Breitling Wing Walkers, Blenheim, Norwegian Mig 15, Bulldog, Patrouille Reva and Norwegian Vampires.

We are in for a real treat this year

Carolyn Heaps, Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member

Crowds are already gathering on the beach to claim their spaces as the good weather continues following Thursday’s deluge (August 13)

Speaking ahead of the show, 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 Slopes and seafront.

There will be a military exhibition, live music on the beach, children’s entertainment areas, helicopter pleasure flights, evening concerts and fireworks tonight (August 15).

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