My favourite childhood memory is being stood on the seafront watching the Red Arrows roaring across the sky in front of me with their colours of red, white and blue trailing behind them and my love of aircraft has stayed with me ever since.
Without fail, every year we make sure we see the Red Arrows displaying if they are local, from Lyme Regis to Lymington and we ensure we get there early to get the best spots, but it is the air shows with a variety of aircraft that we really enjoy. We normally head to Bournemouth Airfest as it is closest to us but this year we are away and have decided to travel to Sussex to see what AirBourne has to offer instead.
Airbourne won Tourism Event of the Year 2015/16 at the Beautiful South Awards, Highly Commended in the 2016 VisitEngland Award and voted the UK’s Best FREE Airshow by Airscene – Airbourne celebrates 24 years of airshow excellence in 2016!
The incredible four-day airshow on Eastbourne’s stunning seafront runs between 11-14 August 2016 from 10am each day, featuring some of the best RAF and international flying display teams, including some of our favourites, the Chinook, RAF Typhoon, The Blades, Brietling Wingwalkers and the Battle of Britain Memorial display.
There are also many displays we have not seen before including the Hangar 11 P51 Mustang, OV-10B Bronco, B25 Mitchell and many more.
Airbourne is not just about all the things to see in the air. The Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and the Royal Air Force are all represented over the Airbourne weekend and visitors can meet the Recruiting Teams to get some career advice and ask questions, take on the Royal Marines Commando Challenge and see how long it takes to lift the power bags around the course.
The Army also have an inflatable assault course for you to test out your fitness and agility along with a Gazelle helicopter on display, Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank and flight simulator.
In the evening there is also a great live entertainment line-up at the free four-day event with a music stage on the beach with live bands playing into the early evening.
The prime position to watch the air displays is on the seafront which is also host to plenty of trade stands to peruse in between displays or if you want to stay away from the crowds, head to the Park n’ View car park at Dencher, Beachy Head which has excellent views of the flying over Eastbourne.
I do quite fancy the Helicopter pleasure flights over Beachy Head that are available over Airbourne and at £40pp they won’t break the bank either.
Have you been to Airbourne before – what is your favourite thing to see?