Countdown to Airbourne 2009

There’s less than a week to go until the World’s biggest FREE seafront airshow lands in Eastbourne and with forecasts of 21ºC, visitors are expected to buy a staggering 35,000 ice-creams during the four day event! This year the free airshow promises to be bigger and better than ever before as it enters its 17th year with the popular Red Arrows zooming through the seafront skies on all four days. Plus the Reds will touch down for TWO ground appearances in 2009 on Friday and Saturday, meeting and greeting fans around the arena, a feat that is unprecedented in the history of the team.

The Reds will be joined by a bumper line up of flying displays including a top flight of international aircraft such as the F16, Eurofighter Typhoon, US Air Force KC135 and Belgian Sea King, Airbourne promises a packed weekend for the thousands of visitors expected to descend on the town over the next few days.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “The excitement at this year’s spectacular line-up has really kicked in now and I can’t wait for Airbourne this Thursday! We’ve got some fabulous flying, action-packed arena displays, and plenty of evening entertainment to really please visitors so I’m sure we’re in for a brilliant weekend. And as the country’s sunniest place, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the good weather continues for Airbourne!”

As the biggest international airshow, Airbourne promises some surprising statistics. During the four day event that gets underway this Thursday 13 August, Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre expects to receive over 2,000 enquiries a day directly relating to Airbourne!

Members of the RAF will hand out a whopping 5,000 stickers to budding pilots from the RAF Village on the Western Lawns. Providing an educational and hands-on area to get an idea of life in the force with replica aircraft, mobile catering demonstrations and displays from the Bomb Disposal Squadron, air enthusiasts can speak to pilots on the ground.

And for those who want their own personal soundtrack to the airshow, visitors can buy Airbourne radio headsets from the Information Stand at the event and listen to 165 hours of live commentary, pilot interviews, music, weather and travel updates on 87.7FM Radio Airbourne.

Plus this year there is more to Airbourne than ever before too, as a brand new Friday evening flying extravaganza takes place. Come Fly With Me kicks off at 6pm on 14 August with Swing Street Band performing on the ground against a backdrop of flying displays including The Blades, Eurofighter Typhoon, and a special appearance from the Hawker Hurricane Bomber performing at its first seafront airshow since recommission.

The airshow opens from 10am – 6pm each day from Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 August, with extended flying until 8pm on Friday.

Buy a copy of the Official Souvenir Programme for just £3 from selected newsagents across the town, the Tourist Information Centre, Seafront Office or programme sellers at the event, and read up on the displays, enter exclusive competitions and find vouchers to exchange for up to date flying times on the day.

For more information on Airbourne 2009 sponsored by Barratt Southern Counties and TravelInsured.co.uk visit www.eastbourneairshow.co.uk or telephone 0871 663 0031.

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