Blackpool Air Show is bigger and better than ever this year, 2018, and now scheduled for the two days of the weekend Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018.
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
2018 Blackpool Air Show Flying Schedule
Saturday 11th August 2018
- 1:30pm to 1:50pm Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane BBMF.
- 1:51pm to 2:10pm The Blades Aerobatic display team.
- 2:12pm to 2:20pm BAC Strikemaster.
- 2:24pm to 2:30pm Chipmunk BBMF.
- 2:35pm to 2:45pm RNHF Fairey Swordfish W5856.
- 2:48pm to 2:59pm TRIG Aerobatic Team.
- 2:59pm to 3:10pm Mustang.
- 3:11pm to 3:20pm Yakovlev YAK.
- 3:22pm to 3:30pm Bulldog & Chipmunk.
- 3:33pm to 3:50pm The Turbulent D31 display team.
- 3:51pm to 4:05pm The Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers.
- 4:09pm to 4:20pm RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4.
Sunday 12th August 2018
- 1:15pm to 1:25pm RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4.
- 1:26pm to 1:40pm The Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers.
- 1:44pm to 1:55pm BAC Strikemaster.
- 1:56pm to 2:05pm RNHF Fairey Swordfish W5856.
- 2:09pm to 2:20pm TRIG Aerobatic Team.
- 2:20pm to 2:30pm Mustang.
- 2:32pm to 2:40pm Yakovlev YAK.
- 2:43pm to 3:00pm Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane BBMF.
- 3:04pm to 3:15pm Bulldog & Chipmunk.
- 3:15pm to 3:35pm The Blades Aerobatic display team.
- 3:36pm to 3:56pm The Turbulent D31 display team.
- 4:00pm to 4:20pm Red Arrows RAF display team.
The Aircraft at Blackpool Air Show
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.
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 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.
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.
Aerosuperbatics Wing Walkers
The stunning, daredevil Wingwalkers, formerly known as The Breitling Wingwalkers, are 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.
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 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 Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, provide a grand finale to Sunday at the 2018 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. A stunning display to end the 2018 Blackpool airshow and mark 54 years of the Red Arrows and 100 years of the Royal Air Force. 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.