Monday, 05 August 2019 12:23

What's on for the Bournemouth Air Festival 2019?

The Bournemouth Air Festival is now in its twelfth year and the award-winning event is set to thrill with international air display teams and aircraft later at the end of August.

As the UK’s most successful civilian air show with brilliant day and night time entertainment in the skies, on land and in the evening, the dates for your diary are 29th August – 1st September 2019.

There will be more new displays than ever during the event’s run of four days and three nights of free entertainment, all set against the backdrop of the UK’s best seaside resort.

Alongside the RAF Typhoon, for the first time from Sweden comes the awesome Saab Draken and from Norway the Canadair T-33 Silver Star.

Two parachute teams, aerobatics displays, wing walkers, night air pyrotechnics and fireworks the Ultimate Warbird Flights will be showcasing their dogfighting skills over the Bournemouth skies in a collection of stunning aircraft – look out for a Hispano Buchon, Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.

Regular favourites include the Blades Aerobatic Display Team, Strikemaster, RAF Tucano, RAF Chinook, Royal Navy Wildcat, Tigers Parachute Display Team and, back by popular demand, Rich Goodwin’s stomach-turning Pitts Muscle Plane and the fantastic MiG15 will all be displaying during the four-day festival. Last seen in 2016 the full Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) line up, featuring the iconic Lancaster alongside Hurricane and Spitfire will be displaying on all four days.

The popular Night Air dusk flying will be the best ever and feature the beautiful Fireflies, Red Devils Parachute Team and Brendan O’Brien piloting Otto the Helicopter. Even the RAF Typhoon will be performing it rip-roaring dusk show. Night Air entertainment will feature Royal Marines unarmed combat display and the HM Royal Marine Band Portsmouth performing the Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony. If that wasn’t enough there’s also live tribute bands performing Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

No Red Arrows
Unfortunately, The Red Arrows are on a tour of North America during August and September so will not be appearing this year.

On land, between Bournemouth and Boscombe’s iconic piers there’s a host of country show trading sites, activation areas and military villages with a variety of tanks, vehicles and a host of ‘have a go equipment’.

Out at sea there will be a naval contingency providing a nautical backdrop in the bay and anchorage tours will be available.

The full Air Festival brochure is available to pre-order online from

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