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:
Thursday only - Rv8tors; Swordfish WW2 Bomber
Not Thursday - AAC Lynx Helicopter; B17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B'; RAF Chinook
Saturday and Sunday only - De' Havilland Vampire; Gloster Meteor
Sunday only - Avro Vulcan XH558
Friday and Sunday only - RAF Typhoon
Not Sunday - Red Arrows
All Days etc. - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; Gerald Cooper Aerobatics (Sbach 300); Hawker Hunter 'Miss Demeanour'; Hawker Hunter and De' Havilland Sea Vixen flypasts; Jet Provest; Patrouille Reva; RAF Tucano; RAF Tutor; Royal Navy Lynx Helicopter; Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter; The Blades; The Tigers Parachute Team

Night Air on The Piers[edit]




Friday 19th August:

  • Rixton
  • Kaiser Chiefs (performance cancelled due to weather)

Saturday 20th August:
All performances cancelled due to weather


External links[edit]

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