Air show details revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:13 05 June 2012

Grand Pier Red Arrows Display, Weston Sea front.

Grand Pier Red Arrows Display, Weston Sea front.

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THE running order for this year’s two-day Weston air show has been announced.

The event, organised by the Grand Pier, will be free and those behind the plans expect to attract more than 100,000 visitors each day.

The show will start at noon on July 23 with the Blades air display team. It features some of the world’s leading acrobatic pilots, flying the ultimate, high-performance piston aircraft.

At 2pm the world-famous Red Arrows will provide a stunning display, followed by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

A Dakota will be on show at 3pm, followed by a Spitfire at 4pm.

The following day the first performance will take place at noon by the Old Flying Machine Company.

It will be bringing two rare, historic aircraft to the town, a Spitfire Mk IX and a P-51D Mustang.

The company, which is famous for its links with top films such as Tomorrow Never Dies and Saving Private Ryan, is renowned for presenting the fighters in an exciting aerobatic display, either solo or in formation.

At 2pm the world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, the Breitling Wing Walkers, will perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands while strapped to the top wings of the team’s beautiful Boeing Stearman bi-planes. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will then display a Dakota at 3pm, followed by a Spitfire at 3.30pm.

The finale to the two-day show will be at 4pm, when the Royal Artillery Parachute Team, the Black Knights, will drop onto the beach into a specially constructed arena on the beach, waving huge Grand Pier flags

Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “I always wanted to establish the Grand Pier air show as an annual event and after the phenomenal success of the last one, I decided to put on a two-day air show this year. I am looking to build on this to create an annual air show that will firmly put the Grand Pier and Weston on the air show map.”

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