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Bournemouth Air Festival: what’s on – Friday

Every day of the Bournemouth Air Festival you can use your smartphone and check BournemouthNews.info for a run-down of the day’s activities. See you in the Pilots’ Mess!

  • We recommend watching from WestBeach on the beach next to the pier; just £5 gives you access to their private bar and beach. Lots of photos to follow! Oh and if they have any left, The Haribo Team are giving out free sweets at their stand on the beach in Zone 3.
  • Red Arrows fly at 3pm.
  • RAF Typoon, Chinooks, Turak.
  • Rolls Royce Spitfire.
  • The Royal Navy Blackcats and Berlin.
  • Night Air starts at 7.15pm.
  • On the Boscombe Wave 105 and Cornona stage on Friday night at Boscombe pier for the sold out concert – Rizzle Kicks, Rixton, Sigma, Loveable Rogues & Alexa Goddard.

  • By evening the O’Brien’s Flying Circus will light up the sky with pyrotechnics. Brendan O’Brien and his unique brand of barnstorming aerobatics are a sight to see. Brendan, a former commentator in Bournemouth, holds more than 200 aviation world records and holds a licence for every kind of flying machine.
  • Also at Night Air, the Twister Team solo aircraft G-ZWIP will be flown by Jon Gowdy.
  • The Pilots’ Mess bar is now open for business, similar to how the Christmas bar used to be.

Every day

The Royal Navy & Army  will again be demonstrating their land,sea and air capabilities with a number of great static and interactive displays at their Village area. The Army Village will be located on Bournemouth seafront and is the perfect place to come and discover more about the Army. Land vehicles that will be on display include a Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, a Jackal 2 weapons platform, a CVRT Scimitar Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle, and a Trojan Armoured Vehicle, as well as the Combat Support Boat, Terex Crane and 15t truck! There will be a static Apache helicopter flight simulator and demo Gazelle. Also in the Army Village area will be lots of Armoury including the AS90 gun, a L118 light gun and a Starstreak High Velocity Missile.

There will also be unarmed combat demonstrations and the historic Beat Retreat performed by The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood.

The RAF Village is set to feature a full size Chinook mock-up, elements of the RAF Central Band, a 591 Signals Unit, a No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron, a No1 Radio School, the RAF Recruiting and Motivational Outreach Team as well as stands from many of the participating display teams including the Red Arrows and charities such as Hounds for Heroes, the Jon Egging Trust, the Royal Air Force Association and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.




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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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