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Bournemouth Air Festival: day one blog
This live event has finished
- The Red Arrows made an emotional return to Bournemouth to open the Air Festival today. Their first display in Bournemouth since the death of Flt LT Jon Egging last year featured a poignant tribute to their fallen colleagues
- Bournemouth Tourism say it's been the busiest Thursday since the Air Festival began
- The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was forced to cancel thanks to bad weather at their base in the North East
- The day displays finished with a show from the Hawker Hunter Miss Demeanour
- The Night Air Dusk Displays staredt at 7.20pm with the Spitfire and finished with the SWIP team duo.
- For all our info, maps, schedules and photos go to bournemouthecho.co.uk/air
#BmthAirFest - SWIP TEAM! http://t.co/Pb4RkDVp— @thursdaysgirl20 30 August 2012
Live music at Bournemouth Pier starts at 8.30-10pm so make sure you stay around to see Complete Madness at #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
We will be back bright and early - and don't forget there's still lots going on in the Gardens and by both piers. And you can browse all our pictures and video on www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/air!
And last but not least, the Swip Team Duo:
Some final videos for you before we say ta-ra - the Flying Circus
Wow! Magical performance from the Swip Team Twister Duo at #BmthAirFest. That's it for dusk air today but there's live music at both piers.— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
@ben_montague @Ryan_Acoustic @lawsonofficial we can't wait to welcome you to bmth, esp for the #bmthairfest Night Air Music!— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
#bmthair Wow, spectacular pyrotechnics trailing from the Swifts in the night sky.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
Air show moon vibes http://t.co/pXPQksAK— @SamsonZooLook 30 August 2012
#bmthair Last display of the day, the Swift Duo, tiny aircraft illuminated against the dusk sky. They are so small.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
#eliza on #bournemouth beach for #bmthair http://t.co/KM3yzivJ— @AndrewGuppy 30 August 2012
Steve's sent us this video of the Breitling Wingwalkers:
A blessed 15 mins of a Spitfire over the cliffs at dusk at the #Bmthairfest. Splendid.— @badgerwriting 30 August 2012
Swip Team Twister Duo flying into #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Corin's sent us this one of the O'Brien's Flying Circus:
#bmthair Here comes O'Brien's Flying Circus. Get ready for some crazy flying.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
Spectacular display from Breitling Wingwalkers, absolutely breathtaking! Up next we have Brendan O'Brien's Flying Circus #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
#bmthair Wingwalker, biplane and loop the loops. It's the Breitling.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
#bmthair The wingwalker is out of her harness and not strapped in. As I said, rather her than me. Great display by the Boeing Stearman!— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
Watching the breitling wingwalkers from the back garden noisy fellas!! #bmthair http://t.co/eAvdb7bC— @jamiehinchliffe 30 August 2012
Captain Bugaloo inbound! #bmthairfest #bmthair— @Hertsaviation 30 August 2012
7:59pm Thu 30 Aug 12
Best bit about today was that there were no 'land train battering rams' toot tooting and bulldozing their way through the crowds! In fact there didn't seem to be much in the way crowds, certainly towards Durley Chine compared to last year.
The Wingwalkers doing their stuff:
Expecting to see loads of awesome "full moon + plane" photos from #BmthAirFest on #twitter and in @Bournemouthecho soon! Let's see 'em! :)— @ianbellamy77 30 August 2012
#BmthAirFest blades just arrived at Bournemouth airport— @Poochpower1 30 August 2012
#bmthair Theme from the Battle of Britain booming out along the cliff top. Top quality.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
#bmthair Ride of the Valkyries blasting out. Not entirely sure why but you can't whack a bit of Wagner.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
#bmthair Okay so the beach isn't that busy and it's a little thin along the clifftop.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
The breath-taking Breitling Wingwalkers are up next at #BmthAirFest dusk air display! Look out for some fantastic manoeuvres, loops + rolls.— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Loving the #nightair @ Boscombe Pier http://t.co/SGQqx1lT— @andy_flood 30 August 2012
#bmthair Sorry the tweeting is slow. The tweets are shifting rather more slowly than the Spitfire.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
And here is the Spitfire...
#bmthair Spitfire coming in from the east! Fabulous sound of that Merlin engine.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
The Spitfire has arrived at #BmthAirFest amazing atmosphere!— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
We can hear the Spitfire from Echo Towers!
The Spitfire is the first flight at this evening's dusk display! #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
OUr video of today's events: just ten minutes before flying starts again!
off to see the spitfire :-) #bmthairfest #imsuchakid— @badwinners 30 August 2012
#bmthair A great first day at the air festival. Best first day in the five years according to Mark Smith, head of tourism.— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
#bmthair Off to Night Air!— @echonewsdesk 30 August 2012
Now might also be a good time to mention that you can get 25 per cent off on prints of all our Air Festival pictures by using the code Summersave25 at the checkout :)
Best place to view #bmthairfest was not Sandbanks as it turned out, but a mile offshore - yeah that was me in the orange rib shouting 'wow'— @karentriggs 30 August 2012
So, here's what you need to know if you're coming down this evening:
- O’Briens Flying Circus
8 – 8.30pm
- Dusk display – SWIP Twister Duo,
- The Breitling Wingwalkers
Also happening: circus acts in the Lower Gardens from 6pm; music at the bandstand from 8pm; local acts at the Corona Live Boscombe stage from now and the Complete Madness tribute band at the Corona Live Bournemouth stage from 8.30pm. If you want to know where exactly any of those places are you need our handy map
Here's Steve's video of the Miss Demeanour
The arrival of @rafredarrows #bmthair festival 2012 at #bournemouth http://t.co/U89zzqIg— @AndrewGuppy 30 August 2012
JON EGGING MEMORIAL: Unfortunately some people have trampled on the new plants so we'll take them out tomorrow & replant after #bmthairfest— @bournemouthbc 30 August 2012
Our traffic feed is showing it's extremely busy all over town at the moment, and with the day displays just finishing it could be about to get worse - so unless you really need to, hang around a bit, we say.
And a barrel roll from Miss Demeanour ends this afternoon's flying. Night Air later. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
And here she is...
Hunter aircraft Miss Demeanour roaring above us now. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Here comes @Miss__Demeanour looking splendid in the sun over @BmthAirFest ! #bmthairfest #bmthair— @Hertsaviation 30 August 2012
Shooting into #BmthAirFest is the mind-blowing Miss Demeanour. Prepare for a howl that will shake to your core!— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
The RAF Hawk
We're admiring the Hawk display plane, piloted - appropriately enough - by Flt Lt Phil Bird. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Green on East Overcliff is like Henman Hill: chairs, serious picnics, even little tents. Hard to find locals to interview though. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
RAF Hawk flies into #BmthAirFest! It may look familiar as it's the jet of choice for the famous Red Arrows.— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Corin's pic of the Tigers:
4:25pm Thu 30 Aug 12
Ouch, two no-shows on day one, not good. Still was great to see the Reds zoom past my office window!
Here's a clip of the Red Arrows Steve Smith took earlier:
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight won't be here because of wind conditions in North East. Disappointed noises in crowd. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
And here's the Tucano. Did you know...? The Tucano is operated primarily from No 1 Flying Training School, at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. It has a maximum speed of 345mph and can operate at up to 30,000 feet.
And our surprise guest at #BmthAirFest this afternoon is.. The Merlin Helipcopter!— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Here's the first picture of the Red Arrows Pheonix turn in memory of Jon Egging and Sean Cunningham.
Red Arrow Trick #BMthAirfest http://t.co/bZHBCKg6— @geoffcwatts 30 August 2012
Three dream planes I'd love to see at #bmthairfest however unlikely - English Electric Lightning, B-1 Lancer, and SR-71 Blackbird.— @SteveBaileyEcho 30 August 2012
We have a surprise coming up next, any guesses as to what it might be? #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Did everyone enjoy the Lynx helicopter? What a breathtaking display! #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
@RAFTucanoTeam up next @ @BmthAirFest ! Blue skies, should be good! #bmthair #bmthairfest— @Hertsaviation 30 August 2012
The RAF Tucano has arrived at #BmthAirFest! It provides basic flying training to RAF and Royal Navy student pilots.— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Here's that superfast Lynx. Did you know...? The Lynx holds the world speed record for helicopters. The helicopters are powered by two Rolls-Royce Gem mk42 turboshaft engines.
The Lynx helicopter has now arrived at #BmthAirFest! Did you know it holds the helicopter world speed record?— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Fest visitor Paul Foster: "They did him proud." Daughter Leah, 6: "It was really good." #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Army Lynx helicopter just approaching. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
We've started a gallery of pictures that we've taken so far today. We will keep adding to it as the day goes on - take a look here
And here's one sent by reader Kevin Wood:
Corin, our photographer at the seafront has just sent these images:
Wow! Once again the Red Arrows storm #BmthAirFest. The crowds loved it!— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
The Red Arrows have just finished their routine. Mind-bloody-blowing #BmthAirFest— @sherwincoelho 30 August 2012
Truest fantastic display from @rafredarrows and fitting tribute to their lost colleagues! #bmthairfest— @Hertsaviation 30 August 2012
That's it. End of first Red Arrows display in Bournemouth since last year's tragedy. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Stood at shoreline and I'm sure they're aiming at me when they turn! #bmthair— @patchworkbunny 30 August 2012
I was far too slow to catch the @RedArrowsUK when they flew over the office #BmthAir http://t.co/bWdeFNo8— @mattjlawrence 30 August 2012
Don't forget, it's not all about the Reds today so if you're stuck in the office like us there's plenty more still to come - here's what else is happening between now and 10pm .
Arrows 400mph, 2,500ft up half way through display. Next, spectacular formation called Detonator. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Here's what the Red Arrows look like from the top of Echo Towers
Now Red Arrows doing Phoenix formation in memory of Jon Egging and Sean Cunningham. Emotional moment, crowd applauding. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Here they come!
Is that the rumble of the Red Arrows we can hear at #BmthAirFest?— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
@RAFRedArrows just flown over the house, that close I could have waved at the pilot! Ready for #BmthAirFest. Im going tomorrow, #Fun!— @ttdorset 30 August 2012
12 minutes to Red Arrows time and we've just had our first rain. Only a couple of spots so far, though. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Steve Smith, also in a great spot on the seafront, says:
Just a quarter of an hour to go now before the Red Arrows return to Bournemouth and crowds are lined along the cliff top and beach.
They will perform for around 20 minutes and do a special tribute pass over the Jon Egging memorial that was unveiled yesterday.
The expected memorial pass will take the form of a banked turn, with two jets of red smoke in honour of Flt Lts Jon Egging and Sean Cunningham, Red 4 and 5.
In place at Bournemouth's East Cliff ready to tweet from Air Fest from 3pm. #bmthair— @echodaz 30 August 2012
Just over half an hour to go until the Red Arrows fly into #BmthAirFest— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
Here's what our promotions team spent all day doing yesterday...
Looks like our Echo stand is quite popular!
And another: looks like there's plenty of time to find a good spot before the displays start!
And here's an image from photographer Corin Messer:
More from Steve on the beach : The beach is a bit patchy at the moment but this is weather everyone is hoping for. Just over an hour now until the Red Arrows roar into view to kick start this year's show.
We've also been looking back at the last four years of the Air Festival - look out for Saturday's paper for a special souvenir supplement - but you can also check out what happened in 2008 and 2009 here (including the infamous Roar on the Shore...)
Steve Smith has sent this from the seafront:
People are grabbing their spots on the cliff top over Bournemouth seafront ahead of the start of the fifth air festival.
The flying kicks off with the Red Arrows at 3pm, in what is sure to be an emotional return for the team after last year's tragedy.
The sun is shining and everyone is crossing their fingers it will stay that way for a full flying programme, which continues this evening with dusk displays.
Saw the Red Arrows yesterday as they took off for Torbay. It brought a lump to my throat to see them flying here again #BMTHAIRFEST— @Tashirasbubble 30 August 2012
Is it ever possible to get tired of seeing the red arrows?... No I don't think so. TO #BMTHAIRFEST!!!!— @JoeJee 30 August 2012
Some Red Arrows facts:
The Red Arrows formed in 1965.
The name 'Red Arrows' was chosen to combine the appeal and expertise of two earlier teams, the Black Arrows and the Red Pelicans.
From 1966, nine jets would fly together in displays from time to time, but it wasn't until 1968 that they formally became a nine-strong team.
The Diamond Nine that everybody knows and loves today was not a new formation, but through the Red Arrows it came to represent the pinnacle of quality flying. It was then registered as an official trademark.
The first display with nine pilots was in July 1966 for the benefit of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
In 1979 they switched from Folland Gnats to the BAE Systems Hawk T1, which flies to 48,000 feet.
All nine display members, plus their road manager 'Red 10', are fast jet pilots from front-line RAF squadrons. After completing a three-year tour with the Red Arrows, they return to the front line, instructional or staff duties.
The team have been based at RAF Scampton, in Lincolnshire since 2001 and fly to all their displays. There are three types - full, rolling and flat - at different heights.
T-minus two hours to the Red Arrows! To whet your appetite, why not browse this awesome gallery of Red Arrows pics in our Air Festival section?
And here's Jon Weaver, from Bournemouth Tourism, at this morning's launch
Steve Smith was at the official Air Festival launch event this morning and got this chat with Red One, Jim Turner:
@BSorchestra Everyone is loving the quartet playing at WestBeach for The Air Festival. #bmthair #BSO http://t.co/oj6zq4Kj— @WestBeachBmouth 30 August 2012
There's been a slight problem with traffic after an accident on Holdenhurst Road.
Here's our report: Emergency services were scrambled to Holdenhurst Road this morning following a collision involving a bus and a lorry.
A Dorset police spokesman said there been no injuries as a result of the accident, reported just before 11 am.
The local authority was called to deal with broken glass at the scene. The collision involved a white truck, registered to a Wimborne company, and a single decker bus, registered to a Bournemouth company.
And just in case there was any doubt about how much people love the Arrows, here's a pic we were sent from Bournemouth Flying Club yesterday - the team has just landed, in the rain;
Here's a picture of the Red Arrows outside the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott during this morning's launch
@bmthairfest #bmthair The Tucano's have landed http://t.co/s8KWINTG— @h0us3y 30 August 2012
One of the weekend's big attractions is the Vulcan. It's 60 years to the day since the first prototype flew and The Vulcan to the Sky Trust have just posted this update - on Saturday she'll be flown by the only pilot to have captained a Vulcan in action.
60 years ago today, traffic stopped and many thought they had seen an alien spaceship when Avro prototype 698 – the remarkable delta jet later christened the Vulcan – climbed into the skies for the first time.
The test flight came just 11 years after the first flight of her predecessor the Avro Lancaster, yet she could fly across continents close to the speed of sound, at altitudes that even today are impressive.
In 1952, August 30th was a Saturday. This Saturday (and again on Sunday), 60 years after that first ground-breaking flight, the only pilot to have captained a Vulcan in action, Martin Withers DFC, will put the last flying example through her paces in a spectacular display over the sea at the Bournemouth Air Festival and at the Shoreham Airshow infront of their gorgeous Art Deco terminal.
Happy Birthday to all surviving Vulcans and a big Thank You to those who support them and look after them. Here is a pic of that first prototype, VX770.
Here's the Red Arrows poster featured in today's Echo:
The sun is shining! #bmthairfest http://t.co/22Evhwj6— @BmthAirFest 30 August 2012
That last tweet, from Bournemouth Council. refers to this advert, to get people to recycle their rubbish:
Will we all be whistling this tune by Sunday?
Look out for the recycling advert playing on the big screens at the #BmthAirFest - it has a very distinctive tune! http://t.co/zaVh3zqm— @bournemouthbc 30 August 2012
Looking a bit overcast ATM but hopefully the sun will make an appearance later for #bmthairfest— @Hertsaviation 30 August 2012
Bring it on #bmthairfest can't wait for the flying to start.— @smileykeef 30 August 2012
Ohhhhhh. I can hear big loud planes. #bmthairfest— @vikwilliams 30 August 2012
Clear(ing) skies at Kite HQ today. Perfect for today's opening of #bmthair #BmthAirFest See you there at 3 for the Red Arrows.— @kitekids 30 August 2012
On bus heading for @BmthAirFest - I'm working all 4 days on the Recycling/Green Goals stand. Can't wait to see some flying! #bmthair— @BunnyWithFangs 30 August 2012
A commenter asks:
10:31am Thu 30 Aug 12
a very useful service, thank you.
I don't suppose there is an internet radio channel for the evcellent comentary played on the beach speakers is there?
The Air Festival Radio frequency is 87.7FM - I'll check to see if you can get it via the interwebs and let you know...
UPDATE: We're pretty sure that because 87.7 FM is used under a restricted service licence by lots of communities and organisations across the country, you can't get it online - it's location specific. Sorry.
Here's what's happening this morning: there's an official launch event at 10.30, which reporter Steve Smith is covering, and our photographers will be out and about at the on the ground events taking photos before the main event at 3pm.
If you're heading to the seafront, there's a funfair, and the RAF and Royal Navy villages will no doubt be full of things to play with or sit in. And Optimus Prime is apparently also somewhere on the seafront...
RT @Daballoonman: @ArubaBmouth @HannahCaines @MattPiovan #airshow http://t.co/3rVz2YKw— @ArubaBmouth 30 August 2012
Day one of @BmthAirFest - Just about to start our patrol briefing! Fingers crossed no rain— @DP5390 30 August 2012
As ever, we're running our Air Festival photographic competition: all the details are here but in brief:
The adult prize is a Canon Powershot G12, and the young photographer under 16s) prize is a a Samsung SH100.
You can only enter ONE photograph from the four days, but you have until Friday September 7 to enter so plenty of time to sort through your shots!
This afternoon will be the first time the Red Arrows have displayed in Bournemouth since the death of Red 4, Flt Lt Jon Egging, after a display at last year's Air Festival and it's bound to be an emotional start to the four day festival.
The team are flying as a seven, as they have been all season, bar the Olympics and a Diamond Jubilee flypast at Windsor Castle. The decision was taken after what the team called the hardest few months they had had to endure. After the accident at Bournemouth, Red 5, Sean Cunningham, was killed in November 2011 and in March this year, the first female Red Arrows pilot, Kirsty Stewart, who flew as Red 9, left the team.
Here's our video of the opening of the Jon Egging memorial yesterday.
And here are some more useful links you might like.
Get the kids excited with our downloadable colouring-in sheets
And our parking and road closures map
And if you're travelling to Bournemouth today, here's the latest traffic and travel ...
Here's the weather forecast as it stands today: looks good!
And speaking of the Jon Egging Memorial, the Air Festival organisers are asking that people don't try and arrange any organised gatherings there, because it's at an access/exit point for festival crowds. More details on their Facebook page .
First; today's Daily Echo features a pull out Red Arrows poster.
Second: if you want to know what's flying when today, you need to go to our schedule page , which has all the info you need.
And third, if you've not seen it yet, here's our video and full story from the unveiling of the Jon Egging memorial yesterday.
Morning! Just six hours until the Red Arrows take to the skies, but we've got plenty to tell you about before then...