Bournemouth Air Festival – still flying high in its 11th year


This year’s Air Festival attracted 1,006,000 people over four exciting days, which included UK firsts and Guinness World Record-breaking feats. 

Visitors had the chance to enjoy vintage fun in celebration of RAF100, a packed programme of live music, family entertainment and stunning night displays. 

The highlights

Day one featured a surprise Tornado flypast, Super Pitts Muscle Plane, and Team Raven, who brought their four-ship formation display to Bournemouth for the first time. 

Friday saw tens of thousands of visitors witness the very first flight of the Gravity Industries Jet Suit Display Team. Pioneering ground-breaking technology, the team lifted off from Bournemouth Pier, and flew along the beach in three spectacular shows.

Credit: Bournemouth and Poole Tourism

Director of Flight Training, Dr Angelo Grubisic, broke the team’s Jet Suit Speed Record, flying at 74 kmph – beating the Guinness World Record of 51.3 kmph set in November last year. Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Richard Browning, flew the longest distance of 1.4km – further than the team has ever flown before. 

On what is now commonly known as ‘Super Saturday’, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows concluded three days of show-stopping aerobatic displays. The international Breitling Jet Team made their UK debut at the festival, to much acclaim. The popular Night Air programme returned, featuring LED-adorned aircraft, the Fireflies.

The Strikemaster Pair teamed up with the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Vampire Pair, and the MiG for a historic five-ship display that was choreographed especially for the festival. 

The festival rounded off nicely on Sunday, with displays from AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers and the Chinook.

Roll on Air Festival 2019

The dates for next year’s Air Festival have already been announced: 29 August – 1 September 2019. We have no doubt its success will continue to soar.

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