The much anticipated Annual Blackpool Airshow took place this year over Blackpool Promenade on August 7. This fantastic free event attracts huge crowds to the town centre, where many gather around the Tower to watch. The acrobatic formation flying and spectacular manoeuvres of the planes begins at 2pm and finishes with The Red Arrows grand finale around 5pm.
Spectacular flight displays
If you want a fantastic afternoon out in Blackpool, do not miss the Blackpool Airshow!
This year the show began with comic stunt flying from Captain Boogaloo, nicknamed Boogie, an experienced former RAF pilot. Boogie is famous for losing his license for several years after trying to fly through the Tower Bridge in London.
The RV8tors are next on, trailing through the skies with decorative smoke plumes booming out from their enormously powerful engines, reaching speeds of over 230 mph.
The RAF Falcon parachute display excites the crowd as they watch to see the world famous nine man joint parachute stack jump over Central and South Piers towards the beach.
The Battle of Britain memorial flight showcases stunning designs of aircraft past, with the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane flying overhead.
Continuing a timeline of aviation history, the next flight is by a BAC Jet Provost trainer craft, used to teach navigation and low level air combat from 1955 to 1993.
This year local pilot Peter Davies flew the MT-03 Gyrocopter which looks for all purposes like a helicopter, but has amazing lift and manoeuvrability and can fly amazingly fast.
This is followed by aerobatic displays by Steve Carver, in the Extra 260 and later on by the Brietiling Wing Walkers. The displays between the piers cause much crowd gasping as the amazing wing walkers perform stunts while standing on the wings of the moving aircraft.
The world famous Red Arrows are on next and their top billing is well deserved as they conduct daring formational flying at low level, culminating in spraying plumes of white, blue and red to represent the United Kingdom and the RAF. They are truly inspirational, and have performed in over fifty countries, entertaining with more than 4000 displays.
Come and spend a weekend at the Carn brae and have a great view of the Blackpool Airshow, just across the road on New South Promenade you will have a spectacular view of the show.