Airbourne fans have a Super Saturday in store at this year’s air show as organisers announced this week that the Vulcan bomber will be topping the bill that day in a 12-hour extravaganza of flying, ground displays, live music, twilight pyro-aerobatics and fireworks.
The free four-day event which runs from August 13-16 will also feature the world famous RAF Red Arrows on Saturday, along with displays throughout the afternoon 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.
Featuring live music and entertainment on the Airbourne Live beach stage throughout the day, the festival fever continues into the evening with live bands, a twilight aircraft pyrotechnic display and finishes with a fantastic fireworks display across the seafront at 10pm.
Eastbourne Borough Council senior head of tourism and enterprise Philip Evans said, “It’s not only great for air show and music fans but it’s great for our local economy too, encouraging more people to stay longer and dine into the evening, while experiencing Eastbourne’s seafront at its most vibrant.”
Airbourne also features plenty of fun on the ground, including a military exhibition, children’s entertainment areas, helicopter flights and evening concerts at the Bandstand, including Big Band Night on Thursday and Toyah on Friday. The flying display is part funded from public donations, 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% of the proceeds also passed onto local charities.