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Red Arrows confirmed for 2023 Bournemouth Air Festival

THE Red Arrows have been confirmed for this year's Bournemouth Air Festival, along with the supersonic Eurofighter Typhoon.

Also joining for the four-day event, which takes place 31st August to 3rd September, will be the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.

The award-winning event is now in its 15th year.

The Red Arrows will be returning this year (picture: Paul Johnson)
The Red Arrows will be returning this year (picture: Paul Johnson)

Red Arrows team leader and Red 1 pilot Tom Bould said: “We’re thrilled, as a team, to be returning to Bournemouth for all four days of the 2023 air festival.

“The event will be a highlight of our summer and with miles of beaches and a distinctive coastline, the location is a brilliant backdrop for a packed programme of world-class displays.

“We’re busy putting together a new aerobatic show for 2023 and are excited to bring this to Bournemouth and showcase the talented people, skills and work of the entire Royal Air Force through this display of teamwork and precision.

He added: “What is even more fulfilling and motivating as a team is knowing that hundreds of thousands of people head to Bournemouth for the air festival.

“Not only is it humbling, and a privilege, to perform a dynamic display for everyone in-the-sky but it’s also a great opportunity to meet individuals, many of whom are young people and families, on-the-ground during the festival – including at the RAF Experience area, where there’s chance to learn more about the service.

“Crucially, the festival in Bournemouth is a testimony to the ability of air events to bring communities together, to support local economies and to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Cllr Beverly Dunlop, portfolio holder for culture and vibrant places, said the air festival is a "fantastic end to the summer".

“From the iconic Red Arrows to the thrilling night displays and the fabulous family atmosphere throughout, it really creates an electric atmosphere, bringing crowds from far and wide, supporting the economy and local jobs.”

BCP Council’s air festival director Jon Weaver added: “The RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon and Battle of Britain are a firm favourite among festival-goers, and we look forward to welcoming them back for an incredible four days this coronation year.

“This year we are once again planning to deliver a truly memorable four days of thrills and entertainment, and we’re looking forward to making more announcements to the festival programme over the coming months.

“We have an incredible team that organises it and I can’t wait to see this year's festival come together in what shall be a very special coronation year.”

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