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Timings for Red Arrows at 2023 Bournemouth Air Festival

TIMINGS for the world famous Red Arrows display at Bournemouth Air Festival have been announced as the countdown starts to the four-day spectacular.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the area between 31st August and 3rd September for the free beachside event.

Key times the Red Arrows will take to the skies during the air festival are Thursday at 5.30pm; Friday and Saturday at 5pm; and Sunday at 2.45pm.

The Red Arrows in flight at last year’s Bournemouth Air Festival
The Red Arrows in flight at last year’s Bournemouth Air Festival

As well as the Red Arrows, there will be an impressive line-up of air displays from fast jets to aerobatic biplanes, helicopters and night air pyrotechnic displays.

In a first for the festival, the North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco plane will join the line-up, and making their debut will be the Starlings Aerobatic team, who will bring a two aircraft aerobatic displays to the event.

Visitors can also see a new performance by former RAF Tornado pilot Richard Goodwin in his unique G-JPIT biplane, and the Yakovlev 50 and the Norwegian Historical Squadron with their classic jet the de Havilland Vampire FB52.

Richard Goodwin at Bournemouth Air Festival 2022
Richard Goodwin at Bournemouth Air Festival 2022

The night air programme will include the Firebirds Display Team and Otto the Schweizer 300C helicopter.

Visitors can also enjoy fun fairs, big screens showing films and one-and-a-half miles of food and drink stalls. Also returning to the festival will be the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, who will be performing Sunday morning 11am to midday, and the Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony in the Lower Gardens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6.45pm.

The Commando Recruiting Team will be giving unarmed combat demonstrations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6.20pm.

The Bronco-07
The Bronco-07

The RAF Typhoon will display each day, and the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster will perform the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Cllr Millie Earl, the BCP cabinet member for communities and tourism, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back for this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival.

“An incredible amount of work has gone into ensuring this event will be fun for everyone.”

Festival attendees are being reminded of a planned train strike on Saturday 2nd September, and encouraged to use other public transport or walk and cycle where possible. To find out more and for details of how to purchase the official programme visit https://bournemouthair.co.uk

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