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When the Red Arrows are flying at Bournemouth Air Festival 2022

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THE times for world famous Red Arrows' showing at Bournemouth Air Festival have been unveiled.

The aerial acrobats will have a special seven-aircraft formation celebrating the platinum jubilee of the Queen at this year’s festival, and will be flying every day of the event running September 1-4.

Based at Bournemouth Airport in Hurn over the course of the event, the Red Arrows are a common site over parts of the New Forest and Christchurch as they hit the coast for their displays.

A range of aircraft will rip through Bournemouth’s skies over the weekend, including the RAF Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial planes the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.

The Red Arrows will appear on all four days of the festival (picture: Keith Heppell)
The Red Arrows will appear on all four days of the festival (picture: Keith Heppell)

Aspiring Mavericks can also head up to the STEM marquee, which aims to inspire the next generation of engineers with a range of stalls and speakers.

There will be lots of things on the ground, with fun fair rides, trade and food stalls.

The timings for the whole festival will be available on the air festival App or in the official brochure, which will be available from the first week of August.

For now, the key times the Red Arrows will take to the skies during the air festival are:

  • Thursday, September 1 at 4.30pm
  • Friday, September 2 at 4.30pm
  • Saturday, September 3 at 4.30pm
  • Sunday, September 4 at 1.30pm

Jon Weaver, festival director, said: “We have the UK’s best free air, land and sea show right here on our award-winning blue-flag beaches and this year is set to be one of the best yet.

“With the news the Red Arrows will be performing every day with a very special platinum jubilee sequence, we are now starting to get very excited.”

He added: “We have some more surprises up our sleeves too. With the mix of fast jets, acrobatic aircraft, parachuting teams and heritage aircraft our festival will this year give those on the ground goosebumps.”

BCP tourism boss Cllr Beverley Dunlop said: “I’m so proud that we have the biggest free air, sea and land festival right here on our beautiful south coast.

“Thousands typically descend on to Bournemouth’s beaches for the event – in fact 800,000 visitors came in 2019, which puts it is the largest single audience of any aviation event in Europe.

“It’s always wonderful to see families and children from near and far having a good time, either at the fun fair, at the STEM marquee, or being thrilled by the magnificent air displays."

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