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Blackpool Airshow 2016

Blackpool’s breath-taking Air Show is back in 2016

Blackpool Airshow is an iconic FREE event in the calendar!

There's been an airshow in Blackpool for more than 100 years and it's one of the longest running ones in the world. 

Make sure you don't miss the next one in 2016 - save the date!

Blackpool Airshow 2016 - Sun 7 and Mon 8 August 2016

This fabulous free show returns to the skies above Blackpool this year for another FREE and jaw dropping show.

Sunday 7th - event from 12 noon to 4.50pm
Monday 8th - event from 2pm to 4.30pm

Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography

Times are subject to change and the Blackpool Airshow is subject to weather conditions on the day. 


LOOK BACK to Blackpool Airshow 2015

Last chance to see the famous Vulcan in the North West

One of the world’s most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, made its final ever appearance in the North West at Blackpool Air Show in 2015.

Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow
Vulcan arriving at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 9 Augustabove and below.

Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow

Watch the Vulcan flying low over Cleveleys beach, on its way to Blackpool Airshow on 9.8.15

Vulcan
Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org

The final remaining Vulcan was in her final flying season before being retired after a remarkable career which saw the plane play a key role both during the conflict in the Falklands and during the Cold War.

And to celebrate the crew, led by Martin Withers who captained Vulcan XM607 on the famous Black Buck mission during the Falklands conflict, launched a dramatic new display routine.

Returned to the skies in 2007 following what is now believed to be the most ambitious technical restoration programme ever undertaken, Vulcan XH558 was operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST).

Vulcan
Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org

The charity had been raising more than £2 million each year to service and operate the aircraft, which is based at Robin Hood Airport.

VTST Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming, said: “If you didn’t see her last season, there will be no more opportunities to hear a Vulcan’s spine-tingling howl as she climbs high into the sky for another dramatic display, or to see her rolling onto her side to reveal her giant delta silhouette.

“It is highly gratifying that the aircraft made a return appearance to the Blackpool Air Show, where she has attracted huge crowds and been given an incredible welcome in her previous visits to this world famous resort with its incredible promenade and golden sands.

“She was among many iconic aircraft and in highly distinguished company; however, it is very sad that this was the last time she performed her spectacular display with the stunning backdrop of Blackpool Tower and over the Irish Sea.” 


More About the Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are a firm favourite of everyone who enjoys the Blackpool Airshow - they are ambassadors for the United Kingdom and showcase the excellence of the Royal Air Force.

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

The team consists of nine display pilots and 110 support staff, including operations and flight planners, engineering technicians, photographers, safety equipment experts, drivers, a public relations department, suppliers and administrators. The engineers and support staff are known as The Blues and wear distinctive blue coveralls.

The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire and flying Hawk jets, 2014 was the team’s 50th display season.


LOOK BACK to Blackpool Airshow 2014

The world-famous RAF Red Arrows returned to Blackpool’s Airshow in 2014.

The Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

The Red Arrows performed along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Typhoon and RAF Tucano.

The Hurricane and RAF Tucano also took to the skies for the second day of the Airshow on the Monday.

More about the 2014 Airshow

The free show, which features the world famous RAF Red Arrows, a group of daredevil wing walkers, some of the most spectacular pilots in the country as well as a range of new and exciting displays, promises to showcase the very best in British aviation.

The 2014 airshow took place on Sunday 10 and Monday 11 August 2014.

With 2014 featuring a number of important anniversaries for the armed forces including the 100 year anniversary of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the display had an emphasis on celebrating some of the most iconic names in military aviation technology.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features a Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber, took centre stage in an extremely patriotic programme.

The RAF Red Arrows carried out their own amazing display of aerial control, speed and synergy.

There were displays from two local military giants – the BAE Warton built-Eurofighter Typhoon and a fully restored, Blackpool-based “Huey” helicopter. The Huey is an iconic, celebrated American helicopter which played a vital role in the conflicts in Vietnam and Korea.

Incredibly, 2014 marked the 105th annual Blackpool Air Show, making it one of the longest running air shows in the world.

Blackpool has been wowing the public since 1909 when the town put on the very first official air show in Britain. That was the same year French flyer Louis Bleriot made the first historic crossing of the English Channel.


LOOK BACK to Blackpool Airshow 2013

Stunning aerobatic displays and daring feats of bravery were on display for two days as thousands of visitors look skyward for the 2013 Blackpool Air Show on Sunday 11 and Monday 12 August.

Red Arrows fly over the crowds on Tower Headland at Blackpool Airshow
Red Arrows fly over the crowds on Tower Headland at Blackpool Airshow

Red Arrows flying at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 11 August
Red Arrows flying at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 11 August

Crowds watching the Blackpool Airshow
Crowds watching the Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

Breitling Wing Walkers flying at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wing Walkers flying at Blackpool Airshow

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow
Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Air Show goes back years and has delighted local residents, holiday makers and day trippers alike. The first major airshow was held at Blackpool Airport in 1909 when 2000 spectators watched the most primitive planes perform their routine. It's been an annual event for many years, and another great annual show from Blackpool.

Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones PhotographyBlackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography

Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones PhotographyBlackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography

Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones PhotographyBlackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography

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Battle of Britain Memorial FlightBattle of Britain Memorial Flight

WingwalkersWingwalkers

Red Arrows flying display at Blackpool Airshow 2013Red Arrows flying display at Blackpool Airshow 2013

Breitling Wing Walkers Blackpool AirshowBreitling Wing Walkers Blackpool Airshow

Biplane at Blackpool AirshowBiplane at Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

Crowds ready for Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 11 August 2013Crowds ready for Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 11 August 2013

Red Arrows fly past the Big Wheel on Central Pier at Blackpool AirshowRed Arrows fly past the Big Wheel on Central Pier at Blackpool Airshow 2013

Crowds at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 11 August 2013Crowds at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 11 August 2013

Red Arrows at Blackpool AirshowRed Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool AirshowBreitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow

Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool AirshowBreitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

 
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