18 July 2012
The UK’s only flying Vulcan bomber will headline at Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow next month, celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the free four day airshow which returns from 9 – 12 August.
Leading a line up of fast jets, historic aircraft and many favourites fromthe last two decades of the show, the cold war jet will fly for the first time in Eastbourne on Saturday 11 August.
Airbourne fans can also look forward to the return of some favourites from past years including Europe’s only airworthy B17 Flying Fortress, affectionately known as ‘Sally B’ from the film Memphis Belle, and the return of the impressive Chinook display.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “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.
The Vulcan joins a line up of over 75 flying displays over the four days including the RAF Tornado GR4, Hawk, King Air, Tucano, Tutor, Sea King, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Army Air Corps Lynx.
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 jet.
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 stunning 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.
For great uninterrupted views of all the flying book exclusive seating at the Bandstand, or for great views on the flying display line, exclusive facilities and fantastic food book into the Aviator Club on the Western Lawns with 3 course summer lunch and complimentary champagne and canapés on arrival from £78 per person, or a light buffet option in the Cirrus Rooms for £66.
A special 20th anniversary edition of the souvenir programme is currently available for pre-order at £3 with delivery to your door £1.50 p&p.
Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 9 – 12 August with arena and ground displays on the Western Lawns over all four days, and entry is free.
For more information on Airbourne 2012 visit the Airbourne website.