Blackpool Air Show is bigger and better than ever this year, 2017, and now scheduled for the two days of the weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August.
Blackpool launched the worlds first official air show in 1909, an historic year in aviation when French aviator Louis Bleriot made the first crossing of the English Channel in a heavier than air aircraft.
Since those early days Blackpool Air show has been at the forefront of family entertainment air shows, with exciting flying programs designed to appeal to all the family. The stunning Blackpool sands and iconic Tower make a unique backdrop to one of the North West’s finest air shows. The primary action takes place between North Pier and Central Pier, Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 4BJ.
Many favourites return each year
Blackpool Air Show 2017 Flying Schedule
Saturday 12th August 2017
- 1:15pm to 1:23 RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4.
- 1:26pm to 1:38 Twister Aerobatics Team.
- 1:41pm to 1:51 Bulldog & Chipmunk.
- 1:54pm to 2:02 Huey 509 helicopter display.
- 2:05pm to 2:21pm The Blades Aerobatic display team.
- 2:24pm to 2:34pm BAC Strikemaster.
- 2:37pm to 2:45pm Yakovlev YAK 50.
- 2:48pm to 3:00pm TRIG Aerobatic Team .
- 3:03pm to 3:21pm Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane BBMF.
- 3:24pm to 3:39pm Breitling Wingwalkers.
- 3:42pm to 3:50pm Calidus Autogyro .
- 4:00pm to 4:20pm Red Arrows RAF display team.
Sunday 13th August 2017
- 1:15pm to 1:23pm RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4.
- 1:26pm to 1:38pm Twister Aerobatics Team.
- 1:41pm to 1:59pm Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane BBMF.
- 2:02pm to 2:12pm Bulldog & Chipmunk.
- 2:15pm to 2:23pm Huey 509 helicopter display.
- 2:26pm to 2:42pm The Blades Aerobatic display team.
- 2:45pm to 2:55pm BAC Strikemaster.
- 2:58pm to 2:06pm Yakovlev YAK 50.
- 3:09pm to 3:21pm TRIG Aerobatic Team.
- 3:24pm to 3:39pm Breitling Wingwalkers .
- 3:42pm to 3:50pm Calidus Autogyro.
- 4:00pm to 4:20pm Red Arrows RAF display team.
The Aircraft at Blackpool Air Show
RAF Eurofighter Typhoon
Cutting edge military aircraft. When you see the Typhoon performing on this year’s display circuit it will be the culmination of months of hard work, detailed preparation and concerted effort by the team behind the display. Whilst it is the pilot who displays the aircraft, he cannot even begin to do his job without the unfaltering commitment and backing of the dedicated group of professionals that make up the Typhoon Display Team. This year’s team, from 29(R) Squadron, comprises a specialist from every aircraft trade along with support and management teams to assist both the pilot and the trades, all of whom work closely together to bring you the dazzling spectacle that is the Typhoon Display.
Every member of the team has been hand picked from what is already an elite cadre of skilled personnel at RAF Coningsby. They have proven themselves in their day jobs and are now privileged and proud to represent the very best in excellence and dedication that the Royal Air Force can offer.RAF Typhoon Display Team website and the Manufacturers website.
Twister Aerobatics Team
The Silence SA1100 Twister started life as a world beating radio controlled aerobatic machine simply known as the Twister. It had been developed by Matthias and Thomas Strieker in Germany and was so successful that they decided to build a “real” version of the model.
The design of the aircraft has been significantly developed from the original kits and the team’s latest aircraft have been built specifically for aerobatics and air displays with integral smoke systems and wiring for the wingtip pyrotechnics as well as glass cockpit technology featuring computerised engine management systems. G-JINX, the latest aircraft, also features a new centreline hardpoint allowing the carriage of a ferry tank and extra storage.Twisters Team Website.
The Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years.
The RAF received 735 Chipmunks, designated de Havilland Chipmunk T.10, manufactured in the UK by the de Havilland parent company as a Tiger Moth replacement. They initially served with Reserve Flying Squadrons of the RAF Volunteer Reserve as well as the University Air Squadrons. Chipmunks were pressed into service in Cyprus on internal security flights during the conflict in 1958. Eight disassembled aircraft were flown out in the holds of Blackburn Beverley transports. After reassembly, they operated as 114 Squadron for some months into 1959. From 1956 to 1990 the Chipmunks of the RAF Gatow Station Flight were used for covert reconnaissance by BRIXMIS over the Berlin area.
Huey 509 helicopter
Bell UH-1H helicopter (Huey). This was manufactured by the Bell Helicopter Company in 1972, and purchased by the US Army in the same year where it served in Vietnam until 1973. The move to the United Kingdom was the start of another adventure for this famous flying machine,” The Huey”.
This helicopter arrived in 2003, having undergone a complete restoration. The aircraft has been restored back to Vietnam combat livery as it would have appeared with the 129 Assault Helicopter Company. Huey helicopter display website.
The Blades Display Team
The Blades fly Extra EA-300s. They are low-wing, high performance aircraft designed for the most adventurous aerobatic manoeuvres and created with advanced aerobatic flying in mind. A competitive aerobatic display pilot during the 1980s, Walter Extra decided to design and build the ultimate aerobatic aeroplane, with optimum structure, weight and performance and the forerunner of today’s aircraft was born.
Since it was first produced, the Extra has undergone many modifications and the current design utilises the most advanced materials and construction techniques to provide an extremely light-weight and agile aeroplane that is certified to +/- 10g.
The Blades operate the Extra 300LP and the latest variant, the Extra 330SC. With a more powerful engine, the 330SC gives Blade 4 more performance for his solo routines.
Visit The Blades display team website.
The BAC 167 Strikemaster is essentially an armed version of the Jet Provost T Mk 5; the Strikemaster was modified with an uprated engine, wing hardpoints, a strengthened airframe, new communication and navigation gear, uprated ejection seats, shortened landing gear, and a revised fuel system including conformal fuel tanks on the wing tips. First flown in 1967, the aircraft was marketed as a light attack or counter-insurgency aircraft, but most large-scale purchasers were air forces wanting an advanced trainer, although Ecuador, Oman and Yemen have used their aircraft in combat. A total of 146 were built.
The Yakovlev Yak-50
The YAK 50 is is a Russian single-seat all-metal low-wing monoplane aerobatic aircraft with retractable main wheels and exposed tail wheel. The control surfaces are fabric-covered to save weight. The aircraft is not equipped with flaps.
The supercharged engine may be the Vedeneyev M14P, M14PF or M14R, producing between 360 and 450 hp and driving the propeller via a reduction gearbox.
The Yak-50 had exceptionally fine handling characteristics enhanced by a relatively high power-to-weight ratio. It has a tough and agile airframe – the type was twice World Aerobatic Champion. It was used as a military trainer by several countries. More on the Yak 50 at Wikipedia.
The Trig Aerobatic Team’s display brings vintage glamour and dynamic close formation flying to the skies. Team leader Richard Grace and Dave Puleston operate two Pitts Special S-1D biplanes. These aircraft were designed in the 1940’s but remain popular due to their high power and low weight ratio.
Trig Aerobatic Team website.
Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF)
A regular favourite at Blackpool Air show The iconic World War 2 Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane from the RAF BBMF are flying over Blackpool. Battle of Britain memorial Flight website.
Breitling Wing Walkers
The stunning Breitling Wingwalkers, another Blackpool Air Show favourite, are seen live by over 6 million spectators each year in the UK alone. They perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the team’s beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes. The team pilots fly the aircraft through a well rehearsed energetic routine of dazzling aerobatics and close formation flypasts as the wingwalkers wave at the crowd. These manoeuvres include, loops, rolls, stall turns and even inverted flight! During all of this, the wingwalkers experience speeds of up to 150 mph and ‘G’ forces of up to 4G!Wing Walkers website.
The enigmatic Rotosport Calidus Gyrocopter is sure to tickle your fancy, quirky but great fun and one of my Blackpool favourites. Piloted by Peter Davies.
The most simplistic view of an autogyro, is a flying windmill, think of a sycamore seed gently floating down as it spins. The rotor blades of the gyro are completely free wheeling in flight, being driven solely by the air going up through the rotor disk. There is no mechanical drive to the rotors in flight, the phenomenon of autorotation drives them, once airborne the rotors just look after themselves and keep spinning, even if the airspeed indicator is showing Zero.
The Calidus is a tandem two-seat aircraft, designed in Germany as a comfortable touring machine capable of going places, with cabin heat, fully adjustable pilot seat. Was certified by CAA in UK Jan 2011. Over 1000 of this make sold Worldwide. visit website.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, provide a grand finale to both days at the 2017 Blackpool Air Show, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams and a regular at Blackpool. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, the team is the public face of the service. They assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom and promote the best of British. Flying distinctive Hawk jets, the team is made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff with frontline, operational experience. RAF Red Arrows website.
Tower Festival Headland
Stalls and static displays on Tower Festival Headland open from 10am on both days of the Blackpool Air Show.
A really exciting programme for the Blackpool Air Show 2017 is being assembled and Blackpool anticipates welcoming tens of thousands of people into the resort for the two days.
All the aerobatic display teams we witness at Blackpool Air Show are breathtaking and this year’s display is sure to be a fly away success.
Note that all the displays are subject to availability and suitable weather conditions on the day. The flying programme may therfore be subject to change without prior notification.
Tower Festival Headland Promenade Blackpool Lancashire FY1 4BJ Tel: 01253 478222
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Car Parks at Blackpool Air Show
The best way to reach the car parks at Blackpool is to approach from the M55.
At the end of the M55 go straight on at the roundabout onto Yeadon Way, this will take you straight into the centre of Blackpool.
The car parks are on the left from the next roundabout on up into the centre of town. The first car park is behind Pleasure Beach and South Shore and there are other car parks as you travel towards the town centre.
The car parks in the centre can get very busy, I usually park up before the centre and walk in.
These car parks are Blackpool Council parks and the machines take credit & debit cards.
Remember to arrive early, on a good day around 100,000 people attend the Blackpool Air Show.