Red Arrows Zoom in over Eastbourne Town

Crowd favourite the Red Arrows are getting ready to zoom over Eastbourne town centre next week before dazzling spectators with their aerobatic formations at Airbourne, the world’s biggest seafront airshow.This year the iconic Red Arrows are set to whizz through the skies above Eastbourne town with a breathtaking arrival in Big Arrow formation before performing in the seafront skies. Unlike recent years where the famous diamond-9 have flown in from opposite directions along the coast, 2008 will see the team surprise spectators as they soar directly overhead into a drilled routine of tight formation aerobatics and synchronised manoeuvres.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Cllr Steve Wallis said “We are extremely pleased to welcome back the Red Arrows for 2008 and their spectacular arrival straight over spectators’ heads will really give visitors something to look out for. The line up for 2008 is very impressive and we have a host of displays; from the Tutor, Typhoon, Hawk and Tucano celebrating 90 years of the RAF to the bold team of Guinot Wingwalkers. Plus there is plenty of action on the ground too with a brand new free-running team all the way from Holland.”

The Red Arrows are set to impress spectators as they close the show at 4.50pm on Friday, and then kick off the flying action on Saturday and Sunday with displays scheduled for 1pm.

Also joining them in the skies over Eastbourne seafront during the four day airshow are The Tigers who’ll drop onto Eastbourne beach with their smoke-trailing parachute formations. Plus other appearances include The Blades, RAF Chinook, Mustang, Spitfire and a special fly over from the Plane Sailing Catalina who hasn’t displayed at Airbourne for over five years.

Visitors on the ground will be able to watch arena demonstrations from the Essex Dog Display Team as they leap through hoops of fire and can cheer on the Go Fast Parkour Team who are set to make an impact with their energetic free-running.

The return of the Go Fast jet pack man sees a brave performer use only his engine-powered backpack to lift off, while the RAF Swing Wing Band provide a musical sound to yesteryear as they continue their tradition of touring seaside resorts.

Tickets to Airbourne are still on sale and at only £5 per person per day, airshow fans can enjoy the best views and guarantee their position at the forefront of all the flying and arena action.

Available online from visiteastbourne.com, over the counter at Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre and from the Box Office on 01323 412000, Airbourne enthusiasts are encouraged to book their tickets now.

The airshow kicks off next Thursday 14 August and a brand new Airbourne souvenir magazine is on sale now from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre and VisitEastbourne.com containing all the flying and display times, plus special features, photographs and interviews.

For more information on Airbourne telephone 0871 663 0031 or visit www.visiteastbourne.com or www.eastbourneairshow.co.uk

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