Bournemouth Air Festival

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Bournemouth Air Show
Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival.jpg
RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic Display Team performing their cupid formation at The Bournemouth Air Festival 2009.
Genre Air show
Dates August
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Bournemouth
Country United Kingdom
Established 2008
Activity Aerobatic displays

The Bournemouth Air Festival is an annual air show held along the coast at Bournemouth, in Dorset, England. It has featured aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as well as civil aviation displays.


The first Bournemouth Air Festival was held from 28-31 August 2008, attracting over 750,001 visitors.

Its second year, 2009, was held from 20–23 August and attendance almost doubled to an estimated 1,344,000 people.[1] Aircraft at the 2009 festival included:

Aerobatic aerial displays were provided by:

Additional ground displays were provided by:

The 2010 Bournemouth Air Festival was marred by poor weather although the general public still enjoyed the static displays and the small amount of flying that took place.[2]

The 2011 event took place between 18-21 August. On Saturday 20 August, one of the Red Arrows, Red Four, crashed in a field near Bournemouth Airport. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, was killed in the accident.[3]

The 2013 show took place between Thursday 29 August and Sunday 1 September. The main display line up was:

  • AAC Lynx helicopter (not Thursday)
  • Avro Vulcan XH558 (Sunday only)
  • B17 Flying fortress 'Sally B' (not Thursday)
  • Battle of Britain memorial flight
  • De' Havilland Vampire (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Gerald cooper aerobatics (Sbach 300)
  • Gloster Meteor (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Hawker Hunter 'Miss Demeanour'
  • Hawker Hunter and De' Havilland Sea Vixen flypasts
  • Jet Provest
  • Patrouille Reva
  • RAF Chinook (not Thursday)
  • RAF Tucano
  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Typhoon (Friday and Sunday only)
  • Red Arrows (not Sunday)
  • Royal Navy Lynx helicopter
  • Royal Navy Merlin helicopter
  • Rv8tors (Thursday only)
  • Swordfish WW2 bomber (Thursday only)
  • The Blades
  • The tigers parachute team


External links

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