Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow is an iconic event in the yearly calendar – it’s a fabulous FREE fun day for all of the family!

There’s been an airshow in Blackpool for more than 100 years. Did you know it’s one of the longest running ones in the world? The first major airshow was held at Blackpool Airport way back in 1909. 2000 people marvelled as the most primitive planes performed their routine.

Blackpool Airshow 2020

8 and 9 August 2020 – save the date and watch this space for more details!

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Blackpool Airshow 2019

Sadly, the 2019 Blackpool Airshow was scuppered by a weekend of very unseasonably stormy weather.

VisitBlackpool, organisers of the event, made the decision to cancel the first day, the Saturday, due to a forecast of extreme weather conditions. Their spokesperson said: “The safety of the pilots and the watching public is paramount. With wind speeds forecast at more than 45mph on Saturday afternoon there is no option other than to cancel that day’s programme.

The second day went ahead on Sunday, and although the wind wasn’t quite as ferocious, the weather was far from ideal.

A cool and windy August day

Visit Fylde Coast contributor Barrie C Woods braved the wind and rain and went along to get some photos for us.

The top of Blackpool Tower taken from the seaward end of Central Pier.  It not only shows the Blackpool football club flag flying instead of the usual Union Jack, but look carefully and you’ll also notice a guy up there as well. Not the place to be with howling winds all around!

Top of Blackpool Tower taken from the seaward end of Central Pier. Photo: Barrie C Woods
Top of Blackpool Tower taken from the seaward end of Central Pier. Photo: Barrie C Woods

A head-on view of the AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers in action.  The ladies on top of the wings cause considerable drag, which would prove too much for the original 220hp engines these aircraft were originally built with. Plane modifications included an up-rated air-cooled radial engine rated at 450hp. They date to 1940 – the planes not the ladies! They were produced by Boeing from 1933. These are Super Stearman model 75s, with various other modifications to accommodate the ladies and additional stresses which the aerobatic show imposes on the structures.

AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers at Blackpool Airshow 2019. Photo: Barrie C Woods
AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers at Blackpool Airshow 2019. Photo: Barrie C Woods
AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers. Photo: Barrie C Woods
A dramatic black & White view of the  AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers in action. Photo: Barrie C Woods

Immediately the show finishes the ladies climb down from their harnesses on the wings back into the front cockpit. You can see in the next photo that it’s devoid of most controls to enable them to clamber in and out. The pilot sits in the rear cockpit.

AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers. Photo: Barrie C Woods
AeroSuperBatics Wing-Walkers. Photo: Barrie C Woods

Unfortunately the Red Arrows couldn’t come along to perform their amazing stunts at this years Airshow… but… The Breitling Jet Team were booked. Sadly they also experienced problems and had to cancel their display on Sunday too.

But you can watch their promotional video clip to see what kind of acrobatics and aerial manoeuvres they do perform at shows –

Breitling Jet Team perform at Blackpool Airshow

The Breitling team is made up of Albatros jets in distinctive dark blue and yellow colours. Their debut at the Blackpool Air Show is a jaw-dropping display of formation flying over the seafront. They’ve performed in front of huge audiences, all across the globe.

Breitling Jet Team at Blackpool Airshow 2019
Breitling Jet Team at Blackpool Airshow 2019

The World’s finest at Blackpool Air Show!

Some of the world’s finest military and civilian aircraft have performed over the iconic seafront. This is Blackpool Airshow 2017 – the Trig-Plane performing over the sea watched by huge crowds!

Trig-plane performing at Blackpool Airshow 2017

The 2019 event is sponsored by Northern Rail.

AeroSuperBatics have been specialists in display flying for over 30 years and operate one of the best-loved civilian air display acts in Europe. They will perform a breath-taking sequence of acrobatic stunts, all whilst strapped to the top wings of the beautiful 1940s Boeing Stearman biplanes.

The Blades Aerobatic Team comprises extremely skilled and highly-experienced pilots with more than 25,000 hours of flying experience between them. Undertaking aerobatic manoeuvres less than four metres apart in perfect formation and at speeds of up to 200mph, the crowds will witness 30 separate awe-inspiring manoeuvres in the 15-minute display.

The Calidus Autogyro will join the show for some up close and personal aerobatic fun! Due to their low speed, the Gyro Display is cleared to fly just 50 metres from the crowd.

Military Programme at Blackpool Airshow 2019

The military part of the programme includes the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber, and the RAF Chinook Display Team which will showcase the huge helicopter’s versatility with a stunning range of manoeuvres.

This year, the awesome Typhoon will be flown by Flt Lt Jim Peterson who has designed a display to demonstrate the aircraft’s immense power and acceleration. Spectators will see just why the team’s catchphrase is #BringTheNoise!

There will also be appearances by a Strikemaster combat jet, Yak 50, Pitts S2S Special biplane, Canadian Car Factory Harvard IV 1747, and Bulldog T1.

The programme will begin shortly after 1.30pm on both days, with the best viewing points on the promenade between North and Central Piers.

Sat 10 AugDisplay ItemSun 11 AugDisplay Item
13:30Typhoon13:30Typhoon
13:43Muscle Pitts  S2S Special13:43AeroSuperBatics WingWalkers
13:56AeroSuperBatics WingWalkers14:04BBMF
14:17BBMF14:25RAF Chinook
14:38RAF Chinook14:42Avro Anson
14:55Avro Anson14:53Bulldog
15:06Bulldog15:04Calidus Autogyro
15:17Calidus Autogyro15:15The Blades
15:28The Blades15:36Harvard
15:49Harvard15:47Extra & Yak 50
16:00Extra & Yak 5015:58Muscle Pitts S2S Special
16:11Breitling Jets16:11Breitling Jets
  • Please note, flight times and programme is subject to change.
  • For regular updates, click here to find out more additions to the programme.

Stay for the Weekend!

Blackpool Airshow weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year. Please arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.

Why don’t you stay for the weekend and enjoy everything that Blackpool has to offer?

The Carlton Hotel near North Pier is running a special offer promotion for Airshow weekend. On 10-11 August, Friday and Saturday – it’s just £125 per person per night for bed and breakfast.

Blackpool Air Show Village

To complement the aerial programme, there will be plenty to see and do on the ground.

Blackpool Airshow Village
Blackpool Airshow Village

Visit the wide range of stalls, attractions and food concessions in the Blackpool Air Show Village on Tower Festival Headland.

Take a look at the Typhoon and Red Arrows flight simulators in the village.

It’s open from 10am each day.

The official Blackpool Air Show programme will be available to buy over the weekend. The souvenir brochure includes information on all the aircraft plus timings.  Get your before the event from Monday 5th August priced at only £1 from the VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre on the Promenade opposite Blackpool Tower. Please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Visit Apollo 11

This year there’s a unique opportunity to get up close to a replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module, marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Produced for the 50th anniversary moon landing celebrations by Nigel Sumner, who runs an events and technical production company. The lunar excursion module ‘Eagle’ took two years to develop.

It’s 13-feet high and spans 18 feet. A commentary and informative display explains more, plus there’s a lookalike astronaut for your selfie photos. Kids can also enjoy a rocket building workshop

2018 – The 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team performed to millions of people this year, in commemoration and celebration.

The Red Arrows’ 54th season is also the RAF’s 100th anniversary. The Red Arrows performed a magnificent display in Blackpool on Sunday, 12th August.

Highlights of this years show included the roar of the RAF Typhoon, along with aerobatic displays from the Wing Walkers, The Blades and the Turbulent Team. The Chipmunk, Strikemaster and Swordfish are some of the world’s best aircraft that you’ll see, all flying over Blackpool seafront.

The programme always showcases the very best in British aviation. Watch a whole host of amazing flying machines and some of the country’s most talented pilots.

 

Blackpool Airshow 2017

Blackpool Airshow in 2017

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring a Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber, put on a hugely patriotic display in 2017.

Huge crowds watched an RAF Typhoon thunder across the horizon. Aerobatic displays were enjoyed from Team Twister and Team Trig as they performed their own versions of aerial ballet with exhilarating sequences of loops and rolls. The Huey Helicopter is a sight to be seen – and heard!

For the first time, the 2017 airshow included the Red Arrows on both days. Relive their famous fly-past along a packed-out Blackpool seafront in this video clip below –

Red Arrows fly the finale to Blackpool Airshow 2017

The RAF Red Arrows concluded the display on both days with their own display of aerial control and speed.

See them arrive at Blackpool Airshow to perform their finale in this clip!

Red Arrows fly over Blackpool Airshow
Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow 2017
Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow 2017

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow 2017

Blackpool Airshow 2017
Crowds at Blackpool Airshow 2017

You can bet that the entire length and breadth of Blackpool central promenade will be packed with people. Everyone enjoys the brilliant event, no matter what the weather. What a fabulous weekend it was in 2017 for everyone to enjoy, and thank you to Visit Blackpool for delivering a well organised and superb event.

Photos from Blackpool Airshow 2017

There’s a full album of photos of planes, people and the whole event on the Live Blackpool Facebook page. Click on the image and follow the link

Blackpool Air Show 2017 Facebook photo album

Blackpool Airshow Video

Blackpool Airshow Video

Looking for somewhere to stay?

Why don’t you make a weekend of it and stay over for Blackpool Airshow this year? It beats fighting your way through the traffic – and it’s a brilliant, family friendly atmosphere.

Have a look at what’s on offer from members of StayBlackpool – the independent accommodation providers association.

Check out some other local places to stay here on the Fylde Coast.

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MORE ABOUT Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow 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.

We’ve kept a few of the highlights and fascinating facts from recent years on this page, to look back at as the years roll by!

2015 – Last chance to see the famous Vulcan flying here 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 at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 9 August 2015

Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 9 August 2015

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

Vulcan fly-past over Cleveleys beach for Blackpool Airshow in 2015
Vulcan, Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org
Vulcan, Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org

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

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

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

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

The charity raised more than £2 million each year to service and operate the aircraft, based at Robin Hood Airport.

VTST Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming, said: “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’s highly gratifying that the aircraft made a return appearance to the Blackpool Air Show.

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

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. There are 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, flying Hawk jets.

Red Arrows fly in for 2 days of Blackpool Airshow 2017
Red Arrows fly in for 2 days of Blackpool Airshow 2017
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Red Arrows jet at Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Red Arrows jet at Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Blackpool Airshow
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Blackpool Airshow
Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Biplane at Blackpool Airshow
Biplane at Blackpool Airshow
Photographers at Blackpool Airshow
Photographers at Blackpool Airshow 
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Gyrocopter at Blackpool Airshow
Gyrocopter at Blackpool Airshow

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3 Comments
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    For this year’s show it has forcast showers/rain!! Will the show be still on? Which planes can fly in showers and rain. Obviously travelling from out of the area and do not want to waste my family’s time if there is no show. Where do I find updates to find out?

    Thank you for your help.

    Victoria

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      Generally speaking the only time that planes don’t perform is if the wind is too strong, and/or it’s torrential rain. ‘Normal’ rain doesn’t stop it from going ahead! You’ll need to check and last minute details at visitBlackpool.com – Blackpool Council’s official tourism website.

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