Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow

Blackpool Airshow is an iconic FREE event in the calendar!

There’s been an airshow in Blackpool for more than 100 years and it’s one of the longest running ones in the world. 

The first major airshow was held at Blackpool Airport in 1909 when 2000 spectators watched the most primitive planes perform their routine. 

Save the date – Blackpool Airshow 2018
Saturday and Sunday 11 – 12 August 2018

The weather was perfect in 2017 and more than 100,000 visitors turned out to watch the two-day 108th Blackpool Air Show – making it one of the most successful on record.

Red Arrows flying past Blackpool Tower at Blackpool Airshow

The spectacular free event took place on Blackpool Promenade on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August 2017.

For the first time the airshow included the Red Arrows on BOTH days who performed from 4pm to close the show.

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

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features a Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber, put on a hugely patriotic display.

Blackpool Air Show 2017

Huge crowds watched an RAF Typhoon thunder across the horizon; aerobatic displays from Team Twister, the Huey Helicopter and Team Trig as they performed their own versions of aerial ballet with exhilarating sequences of loops and rolls.

Red Arrows at 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 in Blackpool in this clip!

Blackpool Airshow 2017

Blackpool 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.

Blackpool Airshow 2017

The entire length and breadth of Blackpool central promenade was packed with people, all enjoying the brilliant event in lovely weather. What a fabulous weekend for everyone to enjoy and very well done to Visit Blackpool for a well organised and superb event. 

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

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LOOK BACK to Blackpool Airshow 2015

Last chance to see the famous Vulcan 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 arriving at Blackpool Airshow on Sunday 9 August – above and below.

Vulcan at Blackpool Airshow

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

Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust

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

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

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

Image copyright of Eric Coeckelberghs and courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust

The charity had been raising more than £2 million each year to service and operate the aircraft, which is based at Robin Hood Airport.

VTST Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming, said: “If you didn’t see her last season, 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 is highly gratifying that the aircraft made a return appearance to the Blackpool Air Show, where she has 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; however, it is very sad that this was the last time she performed her spectacular display with the stunning backdrop of Blackpool Tower and over the Irish Sea.” 

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, including 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. 2014 was the team’s 50th display season.

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Blackpool Airshow 2015, Mel Jones PhotographyRed Arrow jet at Blackpool Airshow 2015
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