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Red Arrows to Drop In and Meet Fans at UK’s Best Free Airshow

04 August 2016

World renowned team, the Red Arrows will be taking time out of their busy flying schedule next week to meet fans on the ground at Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, voted best free airshow in the UK.

Meet the Red Arrows - Graham Huntley


World renowned team, the Red Arrows will be taking time out of their busy flying schedule next week to meet fans on the ground at Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow, voted best free airshow in the UK.

The free show, which runs from 11 – 14 August, will welcome the famous elite team on Friday at 2.30pm, shortly after their flying display, with autographs and photo opportunities from their unit in the Tri-Service exhibition zone.

Fans can also look forward to an array of fast jets and historic warbirds over the four days including the sky scraping Typhoon, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the world’s only flying Blenheim bomber and WW1 aerobatics from the Great War Display Team.

Sally B Returns After 15 Year Wait
The B-17 ‘Sally B’ brings a long awaited return to the show after 15 years, with a poignant and rumbling performance on Saturday, as the last remaining flying fortress in Europe.

The Blades, Breitling Wingwalkers, Jet Provost duo, Mustang, Spitfire and The Tigers Parachute Display Team also return, while Team Raven bring a new display to Eastbourne featuring a mix of RV-4 and RV-8 aircraft and the Sea Vixen makes its first appearance at the show.

Flying the international flag, the B-25 Mitchell Bomber makes its first ever appearance from the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight, along with an Airbourne debut from the Belgian Bronco and the return of the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Vampires and MiG 15.

Eastbourne Borough Council Director of Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans said “Airbourne has always provided an excellent mix of fast jet precision, with jaw-dropping aerobatic fun and remarkable historical tributes, and this year is no exception. I am delighted to see a tribute to our magnificent pioneering WW1 aviators, along with the chance to meet our modern day heroes from the Red Arrows too.”

Over a Century of Flying
The Great War Display Team makes its first ever visit to Airbourne, recreating 1916 with a ten-ship dogfight routine blazing across the sky.

The addition of the Great War Display team will see Eastbourne’s first ever WW1 display on this scale, demonstrating 10 iconic aircraft in one sequenced display, from the early prototype Sopwith Triplane to a Fokker Dr1.

Stooshe at Eastbourne AirbourneDouble Beach Bonanza
The Airbourne Live stage on the beach returns with live music each day, this year with not one but two headline evenings, featuring Brit Award nominated girl band Stooshe on Saturday, who perform their new single.

On Sunday, Heart’s breakfast show presenters host a beach party from 7.45pm with live music, DJ and a performance by X-Factor contestant Chloe Paige, in a 12-hour extravaganza of flying and entertainment to close the 2016 show (entry is limited).

Providing a glittering end to the flying programme, Fireflies will bring their dazzling pyro-aerobatic display to Eastbourne’s skies at 8.20pm, while a glittering firework finale, sponsored by Frontier Fireworks, returns to its traditional Sunday night slot, bringing a close to the show at 10pm.

On the Ground
The four day show also features plenty of fun on the ground, including an RAF, Navy and Army exhibition zone on the Western Lawns with Chinook, Harrier and Gazelle cockpits to climb aboard, a climbing wall, bomb disposal robots, children’s entertainment areas and giant zip wire.

Helicopter pleasure flights offer spectacular views from Beachy Head, while at the Bandstand, evening concerts include Big Band Night on Thursday, 80’s chart toppers Formerly of Bucks Fizz, on Friday, Back to the 80’s on Saturday and an Evening with James Bond by Q the Music on Sunday.

At the Redoubt Fortress, a Battle of Britain film screening on Friday evening includes an introduction from an Airbourne spitfire pilot.

Give a Quid
Entry is free, with flying displays part funded by public donations each year. Collections are organised by the Rotary Clubs of Eastbourne, Eastbourne AM, Eastbourne Sovereign and Beachy Head, with 30% of the proceeds passed onto charities Children with Cancer Fund, Missing People and You Raise Me Up.

More ways to support Airbourne include donating online or buying a Souvenir Programme featuring daily updated flying times and money off vouchers for just £4, available from the Tourist Information Centre, Seafront Office, selected newsagents and from programme sellers around town.

Great war Display team at Eastbourne Airbourne

Watch, Listen & Tweet
Airbourne is open from 10am each day, with Red Arrows displays at 1pm on Friday, and 12.30pm on Saturday.

The Bandstand offers exclusive seating in the centre of the display line at £12 per adult, and Park and View areas at Beachy Head cost £5 per day for a birds-eye view of the displays.

Fans can post their airshow selfie to the Tweetwall giant screen on the beach using #eastbourneselfie, tune into Radio Airbourne 87.7FM, supported by Specsavers, for live commentary and updates, or watch online for live coverage by Planes TV at

Additional parking is available at Five Acre Field in Lottbridge Drove costing £5 per car with a bus service running to and from the pier. Parking is also available to the west of town at St Andrew’s School field, donations welcome, with a bus to Airbourne (with disabled access). Or beat the traffic and come by bike, using the free cycle park in Howard Square.

Stagecoach will be adding extra buses to the 99 service from Hastings to Eastbourne to cope with reduced train services on Thursday and Friday.

For more information visit the Airbourne website, sponsored by A Plan Insurance at or telephone 01323 415415.

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