Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow is an iconic event in the yearly calendar – it’s a fabulous FREE fun day for all of the family!

There’s been an airshow in Blackpool for more than 100 years. Did you know it’s one of the longest running ones in the world? The first major airshow was held at Blackpool Airport way back in 1909. 2000 people marvelled as the most primitive planes perform their routine.

Blackpool Airshow 2018

Saturday, Sunday 11 and 12 August 2018

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The weather was perfect for the 2017 Airshow, for more than 100,000 visitors – including us here at Live Blackpool!. Between us we made the two-day, 108th Blackpool Air Show one of the most successful on record.

2018 – The 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is performing to millions of people this year, in commemoration and celebration.

The Red Arrows’ 54th season is also the RAF’s 100th anniversary. The Red Arrows are performing a magnificent display in Blackpool on Sunday, 12th August.

Highlights of this years show include the roar of the RAF Typhoon, along with aerobatic displays from the Wing Walkers, The Blades and the Turbulent Team. The Chipmunk, Strikemaster and Swordfish are some of the world’s best aircraft that you’ll see flying over Blackpool seafront.

The programme always showcases the very best in British aviation. Watch a whole host of amazing flying machines and some of the country’s most talented pilots.

Blackpool Airshow 2017

What’s on When at Blackpool Airshow 2018

Saturday 11th August

Sunday 12th August

Time

Aircraft

Time

Aircraft

13:30BBMF13:15TYPHOON
13:51THE BLADES13:26AEROSUPER BATICS
14:12STRIKEMASTER13:44STRIKEMASTER
14:24CHIPMUNK13:56SWORDFISH
14:35SWORDFISH14:09PITTS
14:48PITTS14:20MUSTANG
14:59MUSTANG14:32YAK
15:11YAK14:43BBMF
15:22BULLDOG15:04BULLDOG
15:33TURB TEAM15:15THE BLADES
15:51AEROSUPERBATICS15:36TURB TEAM
16:09TYPHOON16:00RED ARROWS

*Aircraft may be subject to change and weather conditions on the day

Blackpool Airshow in 2017

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring a Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber, put on a hugely patriotic display in 2017.

Huge crowds watched an RAF Typhoon thunder across the horizon. Aerobatic displays were enjoyed from Team Twister and Team Trig as they performed their own versions of aerial ballet with exhilarating sequences of loops and rolls. The Huey Helicopter is a sight to be seen – and heard!

For the first time, the 2017 airshow included the Red Arrows on both days. Relive their famous fly-past along a packed-out Blackpool seafront in this video clip below –

Red Arrows fly the finale to Blackpool Airshow 2017

The RAF Red Arrows concluded the display on both days with their own display of aerial control and speed.

See them arrive at Blackpool Airshow to perform their finale in this clip!

Red Arrows fly over Blackpool Airshow
Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow 2017
Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow 2017

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow 2017

Blackpool Airshow 2017
Crowds at Blackpool Airshow 2017

You can bet that the entire length and breadth of Blackpool central promenade will be packed with people. Everyone enjoys the brilliant event, no matter what the weather. What a fabulous weekend it was in 2017 for everyone to enjoy, and thank you to Visit Blackpool for delivering a well organised and superb event.

Photos from Blackpool Airshow 2017

There’s a full album of photos of planes, people and the whole event on the Live Blackpool Facebook page. Click on the image and follow the link

Blackpool Air Show 2017 Facebook photo album

Blackpool Airshow Video

Blackpool Airshow Video

Looking for somewhere to stay?

Why don’t you make a weekend of it and stay over for Blackpool Airshow this year? It beats fighting your way through the traffic – and it’s a brilliant, family friendly atmosphere.

Have a look at what’s on offer from members of StayBlackpool – the independent accommodation providers association.

Check out some other local places to stay here on the Fylde Coast.

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MORE ABOUT Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow has been wowing the public since 1909, when the town put on the very first official air show in Britain. That was the same year French flyer Louis Bleriot made the first historic crossing of the English Channel.

We’ve kept a few of the highlights and fascinating facts from recent years on this page, to look back at as the years roll by!

2015 – Last chance to see the famous Vulcan flying here in the North West

One of the world’s most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, made its final ever appearance in the North West at Blackpool Air Show in 2015.

Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow
Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 9 August 2015

Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 9 August 2015

Watch the Vulcan in this video, flying low over Cleveleys beach, on its way to Blackpool Airshow on 9.8.15

Vulcan fly-past over Cleveleys beach for Blackpool Airshow in 2015
Vulcan, Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org
Vulcan, Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org

The plane played a key role both during the conflict in the Falklands and during the Cold War. The final remaining Vulcan was in her final flying season before being retired after a remarkable career.

To celebrate, the crew launched a dramatic new display routine. It was led by Martin Withers, who captained Vulcan XM607 on the famous Black Buck mission during the Falklands conflict.

Vulcan XH558 was operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST). It was returned to the skies in 2007, following what’s believed to be the most ambitious technical restoration programme ever undertaken.

Vulcan, Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org
Vulcan, Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust www.vulcantothesky.org

The charity raised more than £2 million each year to service and operate the aircraft, based at Robin Hood Airport.

VTST Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming, said: “There will be no more opportunities to hear a Vulcan’s spine-tingling howl as she climbs high into the sky for another dramatic display, or to see her rolling onto her side to reveal her giant delta silhouette.

“It’s highly gratifying that the aircraft made a return appearance to the Blackpool Air Show. She attracted huge crowds and been given an incredible welcome in her previous visits to this world famous resort with its incredible promenade and golden sands.

“She was among many iconic aircraft and in highly distinguished company. It’s very sad that this was the last time she performed her spectacular display over the Irish Sea with the stunning backdrop of Blackpool Tower.”

More About the Red Arrows

The Red Arrows are a firm favourite of everyone who enjoys the Blackpool Airshow. They are ambassadors for the United Kingdom and showcase the excellence of the Royal Air Force.

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

The team consists of nine display pilots and 110 support staff. There are operations and flight planners, engineering technicians, photographers, safety equipment experts, drivers, a public relations department, suppliers and administrators. The engineers and support staff are known as The Blues and wear distinctive blue coveralls.

The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, flying Hawk jets.

Red Arrows fly in for 2 days of Blackpool Airshow 2017
Red Arrows fly in for 2 days of Blackpool Airshow 2017
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Red Arrows jet at Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography
Red Arrows jet at Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones Photography

Red Arrows at Blackpool Airshow

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Blackpool Airshow
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Blackpool Airshow
Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Biplane at Blackpool Airshow
Biplane at Blackpool Airshow
Photographers at Blackpool Airshow
Photographers at Blackpool Airshow 
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Breitling Wingwalkers at Blackpool Airshow
Gyrocopter at Blackpool Airshow
Gyrocopter at Blackpool Airshow

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2 Comments
  1. For this year’s show it has forcast showers/rain!! Will the show be still on? Which planes can fly in showers and rain. Obviously travelling from out of the area and do not want to waste my family’s time if there is no show. Where do I find updates to find out?

    Thank you for your help.

    Victoria

    1. Generally speaking the only time that planes don’t perform is if the wind is too strong, and/or it’s torrential rain. ‘Normal’ rain doesn’t stop it from going ahead! You’ll need to check and last minute details at visitBlackpool.com – Blackpool Council’s official tourism website.

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