Bournemouth Air Festival 2019: Timetable, dates, weather and schedule in full ahead of biggest air festival in UK

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The UK’s biggest air festival will return once again to the south coast when the Bournemouth Air Festival kicks off.

Organisers of the 12th annual show, which begins on Thursday, are hoping for another four days of spectacular action with more displays planned this year than ever before.

For the first time since 2016, the Eurofighter Tycoon will take to the skies for a special dusk display on Friday night, while the crowds will also be entertained by debuts from the Saab Drake and the Ultimate Warbird Flights.

There will also be displays from the Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers, the Tigers Parachue Display Team, the Black Cats Helicopter Display Team, The Red Devils and many, many more.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to descend on the town over the course of four days and those in attendance will also be treated to exhibitions from the Royal Navy and Army along with live music, funfair entertainment and plenty of food and drink.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Bournemouth Air Show 2019.

The RAF Tycoon will make an appearance (Ministry of Defence)

When is the Bournemouth Air Show 2019?

The Bournemouth Air Show will run from Thursday, August 29 until Sunday September 1. 

Bournemouth Air Show start and finish times.

The first three days will run from 10am-10pm, while the last day will run until 6pm.

There will also be a fireworks display taking place on Friday and Saturday.

Where is the Bournemouth Air Show taking place?

The festival will take place between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers and in the Lower Garden. Stalls and entertainment will be set up all along the beach.

It is expected to be extremely busy, so it is advised that you get a good spot early – people will set up camp on the overcliff and beach from around 7am.

What is the weather going to be like? 

Festival-goers are in for some luck this weekend, with highs of 20C are expected on a sunny Thursday, despite the risk of showers.

The forecast over the rest of the weekend is looking just as good, with Friday expected to be warm and sunny after a cloudy start.

Saturday will be more overcast, bringing with it slightly cooler temperatures which are expected to jump up to 17C again on Sunday.

Will the Red Arrows be performing this year?

Unfortunately the Red Arrows won’t make an appearance this year, as they will be on a nine-week visit of North America.

What is on the schedule? 

During Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be displays from an RAF Tycoon, RAF Chinook and an RAF Tucano on Thursday and Friday.

There will also be fly-pasts from Royal Navy Black Cats Team, the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display team and the Saab Draken over the four days.

Crowds will also expect to see displays from a Buchon, Spitfire, P-47D Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang, along with a MiG-15, Canadair T-33 Silver Star and a Hawker Sea Fury. 

Along with displays from the Blades Aerobatic Display Team and the Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers during the day, there will also be shows from Otto the Helicopter, the Red Devils Parachute Freefall Team and the Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team in the evening.

To add to all of this, there will also be live music from 7pm-10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and army, navy and air force villages offering demonstrations and hands-on experiences.

A bay class landing ship, along with a Royal Navy Frigate and two P2000 vessels, will be stationed in the sea.

Is there a timetable of events?

According to Military Airshows, the expected table of events is below:

Thursday

  • 2.00pm Blades Aerobatic Display Team 
  • 2.17pm Royal Navy Black Cat
  • 2.26pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 2.40pm The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • 3.30pm Tucano T1
  • 3.41pm Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team
  • 3.59pm Spitfire XIX G-RRGN
  • 4.11pm Strikemaster Pair
  • 4.25pm Super Pitts Muscle Plane
  • 4.37pm Ultimate Warbird Flights
  • 7.50pm Spitfire
  • 8.03pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 8.16pm Otto the Helicopter & Piper Cub

Friday

  • 1.30pm Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team
  •  1.48pm Tucano T1
  • 1.58pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 2.12pm Royal Navy Black Cats
  • 2.22pm Blades Aerobatic Display Team
  • 2.40pm The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • 3.55pm Ultimate Warbird Flights
  • 4.15pm Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
  • 4.25pm RAF Typhoon
  • 4.36pm Super Pitts Muscle Plane
  • 4.48pm Strikemaster Pair
  • 5.02pm RAF Chinook
  • 5.16pm Saab Draken
  • 7.35pm RAF Typhoon
  • 7.48pm Spitfire
  • 8.01pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 8.14pm Otto the Helicopter & Piper Cub
  • 8.30pm Red Devils Parachute Team

A US Navy Poseidon Surveillance Aircraft is expected to make an appearance on Friday afternoon

Saturday

  • 1.37pm Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team
  • 1.54pm MiG-15
  • 2.04pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 2.18pm Royal Navy Black Cats
  • 2.28pm Super Pitts Muscle Plane
  • 2.40pm Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • 3.45pm Ultimate Warbird Flights
  • 4.14pm Blades Aerobatic Display Team
  • 4.22pm Hawker Sea Fury
  • 4.34pm Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
  • 4.44pm Canadair T-33 Silver Star
  • 4.54pm Strikemaster Pair
  • 5.08pm RAF Chinook
  • 5.22pm Saab Draken
  • 5.33pm RAF Typhoon
  • 7.45pm Spitfire
  • 7.58pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 8.11pm Otto the Helicopter & Piper Cub
  • 8.26pm Red Devils Parachute Team

Sunday

  • 1.00pm Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • 1.20pm Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team
  • 1.37pm MiG-15
  • 1.47pm Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team
  • 2.01pm Ultimate Warbird Flights
  • 2.30pm Blades Aerobatic Display Team
  • 2.47pm Hawker Sea Fury
  • 2.59pm Royal Navy Black Cats
  • 3.09pm Canadair T-33 Silver Star
  • 3.19pm Super Pitts Muscle Plane
  • 3.31pm Strikemaster Pair
  • 3.45pm RAF Chinook
  • 3.59pm Saab Draken
  • 4.10pm RAF Typhoon