The Grand Pier Air Show running order has now been announced. The show, which is free of charge, will take place over two days during the first week of the school holidays, and is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors to the town each day.
On Monday 23rd July, the Air Show will commence at 12 noon with the Blades air display team. They are amongst the World’s best acrobatic pilots, flying the ultimate high performance piston aircraft.
The Blades pilots are all former Red Arrows and they set up the UK’s only full-time civil formation team in 2005. One of the Blades first air displays was at the Beckham’s Full Length and Fabulous Ball. Their displays have been watched by 18 million people at over 150 venues.
At 2pm precisely, the world-famous Red Arrows will provide a stunning display, followed by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A Dakota will perform at 3pm, followed by a Spitfire at 4pm.
On Tuesday 24th July the first performance of the day will be at 12 noon by the Old Flying Machine Company. They will be bringing two rare, historic aircraft to the town. They will be displaying both a Spitfire Mk IX and a P-51D Mustang.
The task of displaying these wonderful aircraft is shared by only six pilots. The company, which is famous for its appearances in top films like James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies and Saving Private Ryan, is renowned for presenting the fighters in an exciting aerobatic display, either solo or in formation.
At 2pm, the World’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, the Breitling Wing Walkers will perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands while strapped to the top wings of the team’s beautiful Boeing Stearman bi-planes.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will then display a Dakota at 3pm, followed by a Spitfire at 3.30pm.
The finale to the two day Grand Pier Air Show will be at 4pm, when the Royal Artillery Parachute Team, the Black Knights, will drop onto the beach into a specially constructed arena on the beach, waving huge Grand Pier flags
Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said:
“I always wanted to establish the Grand Pier air show as an annual event and after the phenomenal success of the last one, I decided to put on a two day air show this year. I am looking to build on this to create an annual air show that will firmly put the Grand Pier and Weston-super-Mare on the air show map.
I am delighted we have been able to secure such a varied and top quality display for our show this year. I want the Grand Pier air show to become a permanent fixture in people’s diaries, all over the country”.