Torbay Airshow has announced the initial military aircraft line-up for when it returns this spring, on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June.
Joining the RAF display teams will be The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, world aerobatic competitor Gerald Cooper in his Extreme XA41, the Gyro Display, the Raven Aerobatic team, the Strikemaster, the Piston Provost and former British Female Aerobatic Champion Lauren Richardson in the Pitts Special.
Displays from the RAF will include the world’s premier acrobatic team the Red Arrows, as well as the Typhoon jet and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft – the Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster and Supermarine Spitfire.
The two day show, which had its inaugural event last year takes place on Paignton Green with the Bay providing a stunning natural amphitheatre for viewing the air displays and the perfect location for a large coastal airshow event.
The action-packed flying programme will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday and Sunday alongside ground displays, entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering within the event village on Paignton Green.
Further confirmation on ground displays and entertainment are expected to be announced over the coming months. All air displays will take place on both the Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The Tigers were formed over 20 years ago and are firmly established as one of the top parachute display teams in the country, they are the flagship team for the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment.
Gerald Cooper is a UK aerobatic pilot repeatedly ranked in the top ten at the World Aerobatic Championships. Flying his Extreme XA41, his flying style is aggressive and highly accurate which means his displays are always distinctive, innovative and hugely popular.
The Gyro flying display, also known as a Gyrocopter or Gyroplane, is described as a flying windmill or a rotating parachute which looks like a sycamore seed gently floating down as it spins.
Team Raven are a formation aerobatic display team featuring 6 Vans’s RV8 and RV4 aircraft, which have been modified with smoke systems.
A British jet-powered training and light-attack aircraft, the Strikemaster is a development of the Hunting Jet Provost trainer, a jet engineered version of the Percival Provost, which originally flew in 1950 with a radial piston engine. The Strikemaster is an armed version of the Jet Provost trainer aircraft and is operated by NWMAS (North Wales Military Aviation Services Ltd).
The Piston Provost first flew in 1950, with an initial order for 200 placed by the RAF 12 months later. The Provost was introduced into RAF service as a new advanced training scheme for potential RAF pilots.
At just 29, Lauren Richardson is one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK, performing in an iconic modified Pitts Special aerobatic biplane.
All air displays are subject to change depending on weather conditions and operational commitments that could take the military displays elsewhere at short notice.
The event is run by Torbay Council. For further information on the event and to keep up to date with the latest news follow @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the event website www.torbayairshow.com
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