Archive for March, 2009

Battle of the Airshows: Eastbourne Challenge Bournemouth

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Eastbourne are challenging Bournemouth to a head to head airshow challenge with Eastbourne adamant that Airbourne will remain the World’s biggest FREE seafront airshow as the Red Arrows return for all FOUR days.Eastbourne Airshow has taken place every August for the past 17 years and become established as a major international airshow, attracting thousands of visitors to the resort every summer. With Bournemouth announcing their line-up last week, Eastbourne are already beating them hands down as the sunniest resort in the UK has secured crowd favourite, the Red Arrows, for all FOUR days.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson said “Airbourne has a long running history in Eastbourne building up a reputation as a spectacular international airshow and a major show to be reckoned with. Bournemouth are only just entering their second year, while we have an unrivalled background regularly attracting top flying displays year in year out. It’s going to take a lot for Bournemouth to steal our crown.”

The organisers of Eastbourne Airshow, Eastbourne Borough Council, are preparing for a busy year in 2009 with preparations for Airbourne well underway.

The Red Arrows have already confirmed they will zoom over the town on all four days with their red, white and blue smoke trails forming stunning formations in the sky. Plus the Reds will also make a special ground appearance on Saturday, greeting visitors around the arena.

With the Council appealing to people around the World to help spread the Airbourne word by downloading the airshow logo from the official website and attaching it to any online communication, organisers are using the power of e-marketing to raise awareness of this year’s event.

Airbourne returns to the Sussex coast from 13-16 August and while the Bournemouth event takes place just a week later, visitors that opt for the Eastbourne airshow can enjoy two free events in the town in just one week.

Airshow enthusiasts, residents, and Eastbourne visitors can enjoy the spectacular flying displays from 13-16 August and the following weekend cheer on the gravity racers in the World Downhill Skateboarding Championships at Beachy Head.

For more information on Airbourne visit or telephone 0871 663 0031.

Eastbourne Launches Airbourne Photograph Competition

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

To celebrate the return of the World’s biggest FREE seafront airshow, Eastbourne is inviting Airbourne fans to submit photographs taken during previous years for the chance of seeing their snapshot in this year’s programme.Airbourne has welcomed some of the World’s fastest and most dynamic jets and aircraft over the past 17 years that have always got spectators snap happy over the four day event in August.

Now, event organisers, Eastbourne Borough Council, are keen to celebrate the thousands of photographs taken by avid visitors in a brand new competition sponsored by East Print who provide printing services in the town.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “I am extremely pleased to launch the Photograph Competition and offer all of Airbourne’s enthusiastic spectators the chance to show off the photographs they have taken during previous years. Being the biggest international seafront airshow, Airbourne has seen top flying and arena displays, and I’m sure there are some spectacular photographs out there. I can’t wait to start seeing the entries come in!”

Set on Eastbourne seafront providing magnificent views of planes flying in from behind Beachy Head as well as zooming over the town and out to sea, Airbourne has provided a world class setting for plenty of iconic images.

Event organisers are looking for a photograph that truly captures Airbourne’s iconic and unique setting that can be sold to visitors to send as a souvenir postcard around the World when the airshow returns from 13-16 August.

Eastbourne Borough Council have teamed up with East Print to offer the winning photographer the chance to see their snapshot turned into a postcard and sold from the Tourist Information Centre, as well as printed in the 2009 souvenir programme. East Print will also present the winner with a canvas print of their winning photograph during the event.

A selection of the shortlisted entries will also be displayed in a lightbox gallery on

Digital photographs must be a minimum 2MB in size and submitted via e-mail or post and printed entries must be minimum 6×4″. Entrants can submit prints of their photographs or CD’s can be posted.

The competition closes on 1 May 2009 and entries up to 3MB in size can be e-mailed to or otherwise posted to Airbourne Photograph Competition, Tourism Promotions, 68 Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UH.

For more information and a full set of competition rules visit or telephone 01323 415556.


Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The Royal Air Force Museum and the RAF’s Air Historical Branch are opening their treasured archives to a commercial reproduction service in order to make them more accessible to the public. The service will be formally launched at the Museum on Wednesday 11th March 2009.The RAF Museum and the Air Historical Branch, part of the RAF’s Centre for Air Power Studies, have teamed up with specialist printer Military Library Research Service, to provide an on-demand printing service of rarely-seen archive material held in the Museum and RAF collections.

The Museum’s collections consist of documents and reports, many of a strategic and intelligence nature, such as estimates of German strength in 1940; analyses of key operations and technical manuals.

Each document is painstakingly scanned, checked and, only where necessary, retouched for legibility by MLRS experts. They are printed using the latest in publishing technology.

These unique documents were formerly available only to research visitors on site at the Museum in Hendon, North London. They are used by students, archivists, enthusiasts and researchers from backgrounds as diverse as military academies and family historians. Not only is it a burden on the researcher with opening hours limited to the office day, but many of the popular documents are becoming increasingly fragile through frequent request.

The documents are chosen between MLRS Books and the Museum curator to identify the most popular and interesting titles. A proportion of the revenue from the publishing of Museum holdings is returned to the Museum to help fund vital conservation and cataloguing work

For over sixty years, the RAF’s Air Historical Branch has been producing detailed analytical studies of RAF operations and policy. Many of these studies were originally classified and those relating to the Second World War have been widely used by both official and academic historians to underpin their own work. Under the aegis of the RAF Centre for Air Power Studies [RAF CAPS] and in partnership with MLRS, these studies will now be made available to scholars and the wider public for the very first time. Eventually they will cover nearly every campaign that the RAF undertook in the course of the Second World War. Specialist monographs on weaponry, radar and specialist areas such as maintenance and logistics will also be covered. The campaign ‘narratives’ as they are known will also have new introductions written by the Head of the Air Historical Branch and Co-Director of RAF CAPS, Sebastian Cox, who said,

“By making these high quality studies available we believe we are fulfilling the Centre for Air Power Studies remit to foster a deeper understanding of air power.”

Managing Director of MLRS Books, David Westwood, is delighted to have forged the links with the Royal Air Force archives. He said,

“Many important documents will be available to the general public for the first time in a coherent collection. Anyone can now order a book to read at their leisure and to use as a basis for further research.”

The collection currently consists of an inaugural 60 documents but more are being selected and scanned at a rate of up to 30 per quarter.

Selected editions will be available from the Museum shops and website

The full collection can be viewed and ordered from