Bournemouth Air Festival 2019

The tenth Bournemouth Air Festival will take place from 29st August 2019 through to the 1st September 2019

The full schedule with timings and information on the Air, Sea and Beach displays are given in the Annual Bournemouth Air Festival programme. Pre-order yours now on THIS LINK link. It will save you a lot of time and allow you to fully plan your visit!

Below is a synopsis of the main air display participants but you will need a programme for the timings and full details. But first lets deal with the important issue of parking!

Extra Parking

AS there is a great influx of visitors to the air show, Bournemouth Council open up a park-and-ride scheme. This operates very well and has been a success ever since the inception of the air show. Parking in Town is fraught and I would suggest that out of town visitors use the park and ride. The year the cost will be £10.00 on Thursday and Sunday. The price will be £12.00 on Friday and Saturday. Each ticket allows for a free transfer to/from the sea front for up to seven people.

This year the park and ride will operate out of Kings Park ONLY. The other sites used in previous years will not be open.

Park-Ride Open Times are as follows:

  • Thursday 9.00am – last bus at 11pm
  • Friday 9am – last bus at 11pm
  • Saturday 9am – last bus at 11pm
  • Sunday 9am – last bus at 7pm

Thursday

Short Tucano of 72 (Reserve) Squadron RAF. (Tucano Display Team)

The Tucano is now quite an old aircraft having entered RAF service as a basic trainer in 1989. It has always been primarily operated by No1 Flying Training School operating out of RAF Linton-On-Ouse. Highly maneavrable the aircraft has an excellent safety record for Primary trainers. Only 5 have been lost on 30 years of operation and nobdy has lost their life in one of the RAF aircraft. The Tucano will display on Thruday and Friday.

Southbourne Beach

East and West Cliff beaches provide ideal viewing areas for The Air Displays

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight

The BBMF are regular visitors to Bournemouth Air Festival comprising an early mark Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. They will make their annual display at the festival on all four days.

Blacks Cats Royal Navy

The world famous Royal Navy display team from 825 Naval Air Squadron will provide their usual astonishing displays with the new Augusta- Westland Wildcat helicopter

Parachute Displays

Arguably the two premier parachute teams in the the world (The Tigers and the Red Devils) are both from the British Army. The Red Devils, due to prior commitments will not display on Sunday.

Strikemaster pair

The Strikemaster was a simple development of the Jet provost. The Jet Provost was the primary trainer used by the RAF before the Tucano took over its role. The Strikemaster was used extensively in Oman in counter insurgency and attack roles in the undeclared war between Oman and Yemen in the early 1970’s

Ultimate Fighters

Utimate Fighters present four of the worlds most famous fighter aircraft from WW2.
  • Republic P47 Thundebolt
  • North American TF-51D Mustang
  • Supermarine Spitfire C/IxT
  • Hispano HA-1112K/L Buchan (Spanish built Messerschmitt Bf 109)

Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX

A beautiful Griffon Engined high performance photographic reconnaissance variant of the Spitfire, maintained and presented by Rolls Royce.

Blades AearoBatic Team

A superb display. They have been to Bourneouth Airshow on many occasions and never dissapoint

Pitts S-25 Special by Rich Goodwin

You will be amazed at this aircraft. It simply doesn’t seem to be contrstrained to the laws of Physics!

Firefiles Aerobatic Team Vans RV4

The Fireflies are regulars at Bournemouth Air Festival and provide an excellent display

O'Brien's Flying Circus

Bournemouth Air festival would not be complete without O’Briens Flying Circus. As I remember they have appeared every year. They will not display on the Sunday.

  • O’Briens Flying Circus – Schweizer S 300C
  • O’Briens Flying Circus Piper J3 Cub

Friday

Typhoon.

The mainstay of the RAF. Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 29 Sqn. RAF Typhoon display team.

Chinook

The Chinook has been in service with the RAF and the USAF for nearly 40 years. As a design it has yet to be surpassed. Boing Chinook HC6/A 18(B) Sqn RAF

SAAB J-35J Draken

A new aircraft this year is the Saab Draken. A supersonic single engined fighter from the late sixties it served with the Swedish airforce as their primary air defence aircraft for many years.

Short Tucano of 72 (Reserve) squadron RAF. Tucano Display Team

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight

Blacks Cats Royal Navy

Parachute Displays

Strikemaster pair

Ultimate Fighters

Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX

Blades AearoBatic Team

Pitts S-25 Special by Rich Goodwin

Firefiles Aerobatic Team Vans RV4

O'Brien's Flying Circus

Satuday

Lockheed/Canadair T-33 Silver Star

Another new aircraft this yeat is the Silver Star. This was an American designed (Canadian built) fighter of the immediate post WW2 era

Hawker Sea Fury T20

The last piston engined fighter in the Royal Navy, the Sea Fury served with distinction in the early fifties. It is one of the few piston engined aircraft to ever claim a victory against a fast jet. In the Korean war in 1952 a flight of four Sea Furys were bounced by eight Mig 15s. At least one Mig was shot down (possibly two) and 3 or 4 damaged with no losses to the Sea Furys.

Typhoon.

Chinook

SAAB J-35J Draken

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight

Blacks Cats Royal Navy

Parachute Displays

Strikemaster pair

Ultimate Fighters

Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX

Blades AearoBatic Team

Pitts S-25 Special Rich Goodwin

Firefiles Aerobatic Team Vans RV4

O'Brien's Flying Circus

Boeing Stearman wing-walkers Super Aerobatics

The mighty early 1930’s Boeiing Stearman was a trainer used in the USA. Today it is used to show one of the 1930’s era air-show standards, wingwalking.

Sunday

Typhoon.

Chinook

SAAB J-35J Draken

The Battle of Britain Memorial flight

Blacks Cats Royal Navy

Parachute Displays

Strikemaster pair

Ultimate Fighters

Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX

Blades AearoBatic Team

Pitts S-25 Special Rich Goodwin

Boeing Stearman wing-walkers Super Aerobatics