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Red Arrows will swoop in for all four days of Bournemouth Air Show

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THE Red Arrows will loop the loop over local skies as the Bournemouth Air Festival returns later this summer.

The four-day event, which will run from 2nd to 5th September, will also see the return of the historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the breathtaking Typhoon aircraft.

Famed for the red, white and blue colour trails they leave through the skies, the Red Arrows display team will appear on all four days of the festival, along with the Battle of Britain showcase and the Typhoon team for the first time since 2016.

The Red Arrows are regular visitors to the Bournemouth Air Show (photos: Charlie Raven)
The Red Arrows are regular visitors to the Bournemouth Air Show (photos: Charlie Raven)

Squadron Leader Tom Bould, Red Arrows team leader for 2021, said: "Bournemouth is certainly one of our favourite UK venues.

"Like so many display teams we missed the thrill of home air shows last year, so we're looking forward to entertaining the hundreds of thousands of spectators on the beach. It’s going to be really special to be back where we belong, performing and inspiring the next generation of pilots and engineers."

Shore-side spectators will be dazzled by the Red Arrows' pinpoint precision as they demonstrate synchronised formation and astonishing aerobatics – which will include new manoeuvres for the 2021 display season.

Meanwhile, the Battle of Britain line-up – featuring a Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire – will be guaranteed to delight history buffs.

Air festival director Jon Weaver added: "We all missed the air festival last year, and great news like this does give us real positivity that we will be in a great position by the end of the summer. As always, we’ll keep our preparations rolling forward while staying attuned to any further developments and government announcements.”

BCP Council tourism portfolio holder, Cllr Mohan Iyengar, said: "Since the start of 2021, we’ve been determined to make this the year of 'bounce back'.

"To engineer the fastest possible recovery for businesses and for jobs – and to help people back outdoors.

"We’re staying positive – our Festival Coast Live is now well under way with preparations – we just need the weather. And this latest news from our partners in the air festival is a massive boost for everyone involved."

Detailed display timing will be released closer to the event. To find out more, visit www.bournemouthair.co.uk

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