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Blackpool Airshow 2015

Blackpool’s breath-taking Air Show is back in 2015 - flying line-up here

Blackpool Airshow is an iconic 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 2015 - save the date!

Blackpool Airshow 2015 - Sun 9 and Mon 10 August 2015

If you enjoyed the Red Arrows air display on Bank Holiday Monday 23 May, make sure you get to Central Promenade on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 August for this years fabulous Blackpool Airshow!

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

Everyone's favourite, the world famous RAF Red Arrows, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are at this year's show, along with two local military giants – the BAE Warton built-Eurofighter Typhoon and a fully restored, Blackpool-based “Huey” helicopter.

The historic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is coming to the resort for the first time ever, plus you can watch a group of daredevil wing walkers and along with a range of new and exciting displays, the Blackpool Airshow is not one to be missed.

The full line-up is as follows:

Sunday 9 August

AIRCRAFT START DISPLAY FINISH DISPLAY
TYPHOON 1333 1343
HUEY 1346 1354
EXTRA 260 1356 1404
STRIKEMASTER 1406 1416
RV8tors 1418 1430
VULCAN 1433 1443
ROTORSPORT CALIDUS 1445 1453
PITTS SPECIAL 1455 1503
BBMF FIGHTERS 1505 1518
CHINOOK 1520 1530
BREIGHTLING WING WALKERS 1533 1548
BBMF DAKOTA 1550  1555
RED ARROWS 1600  1620


Monday 10 August

AIRCRAFT START DISPLAY FINISH DISPLAY
BBMF FIGHTERS 1330 1343
BBMF DAKOTA 1345 1350
HUEY 1352 1400
EXTRA 260 1402 1410
STRIKEMASTER 1412 1422
RV8tors 1424 1436
CHINOOK 1438 1448
PITTS SPECIAL 1450 1458
RED DEVILS 1500 1515
ROTORSPORT CALIDUS 1520 1528
BREIGHTLING WING WALKERS 1530 1545
B17 1548 1556


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

More about the 2015 Blackpool Airshow

Last chance to see the famous Vulcan in the North West

It has been confirmed that one of the world’s most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, will make its final ever appearance in the North West at this weekend’s Blackpool Air Show.

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 is 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, have 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 is 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 has 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 don’t see her this 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 is making 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 will be amongst many iconic aircraft and in highly distinguished company; however, it is very sad that this will be the last time she performs her spectacular display with the stunning backdrop of Blackpool Tower and over the Irish Sea.”

VTST are also running a free prize draw throughout the flying season in which entrants can win  a once in a lifetime opportunity to be on the tarmac and attend the aircrew briefing on a day when the Vulcan takes off from Robin Hood Airport.

The prize will also include dinner with the aircrew on the night before the flight with hotel accommodation provided.

You can enter by logging onto vulcanfreedraw.co.uk

More information about the Vulcan can be found by visiting the website at vulcantothesky.org

Performing alongside the Vulcan are the world famous RAF Red Arrows – who recently opened their exciting new ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – the incredible Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a group of daredevil wing walkers and the Red Devils, the army’s parachute regiment display team.

Organisers are promising the Best of British aviation and are hoping for fair weather to allow the flying machines to showcase their skills to their maximum ability.

And with music and entertainment throughout the weekend from the family-friendly Rock FM street team it’s ideal day out for air enthusiasts and perfect for the kids!

The contest this year is hosted in association with media partner Rock FM who will provide entertainment on the day for the thousands in attendance.

As well as big names like the RAF Red Arrows showcasing their incredible formation precision flying on the Sunday, there are also 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.

There is also a Blackpool first with the historic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress coming to the resort for the first time ever.

Be sure to get there early to get a prime viewing spot!

All flights times are dependent on weather and are subject to change. 


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.


Blackpool Airshow 2013

In a move sure to please the tens of thousands of visitors who attend each year, the world famous RAF aerobatic team the Red Arrows were back!

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

Natalie Wyatt, Managing Director of Marketing Blackpool, said: “We are thrilled to be extending our free annual Air Show to two days.

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

“This is always a fantastic family day out but for 2013 people can get not one, but two opportunities to witness these dazzling displays.”

Crowds watching the Blackpool Airshow
Crowds watching the Blackpool Airshow

The fabulous free event, which takes place over the famous Blackpool promenade between North and Central piers in the resort, began just after 2pm on Sunday 11 with a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster taking to the skies for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Blackpool Airshow

The fast jet Tucano is up next. Tucano is operated primarily to provide basic fast jet flying training to the RAF pilots of the future. There will then be acrobatics from the TRIG followed by the Calidus Gyrocopter.

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

The Breitling Wing Walkers, the world’s only formation wing walking team, will then step into the line up with their beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes. There will be a breathtaking sequence of formation loops and rolls, while daring wing walkers perform acrobatics on their wings!

The colourful Miss Demeanor Hawker Hunter is up next. This subsonic jet was the RAF’s first high-speed jet aircraft. Next up is the ear-splitting Vulcan. This jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber is probably the noisiest aircraft at any air show and will certainly turn heads in Blackpool.

There will then be more aerobatics from the jaw-dropping Extra 330SC before the Typhoon performs the penultimate display where spectators will witness this elite RAF flying squadron in action.

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow
Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

And last but by no means least, the Red Arrows will close the show. The world’s most spectacular and exciting flying team have entertained millions of spectators over the years and are certainly expected to bring that wow factor to Blackpool once again.

A similar programme followed on Monday 12.

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.


With Blackpool Airport on the southern outskirts of town, we're often treated to flying displays along the whole length of the Fylde Coast.

With regular helicopters passing over and small private planes - but also the strangest things you'll see in the sky, including old war planes, power para-gliders, microlights and of course the Red Arrows!

If the Red Arrows are out doing a display show they will often fly across the Fylde on their way to somewhere or other. You'll be mowing the lawn or shopping in one of our town centres when all at once you'll hear the tell tale racket and look upwards to see them darting above you.

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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