RED ARROWS JOY AT BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL 2018

Mention the Red Arrows Royal Air Force aerobatic team and heads turn.  The very name is enough to raise the temperature.

The Red Arrows make a dramatic pass

The Red Arrows make a dramatic pass

The Red Arrows are much anticipated regulars each year at the Bournemouth Air Festival and have just completed 3 days there again.  The event is the largest the team attend in the UK and the wonderful weather this year saw the crowds turning out in force.

This couple from the West Country were ready for a great show.

This couple from the West Country were ready for a great show.

On Saturday 1st September as noon approached, with anticipation rising the commentator, Red 10 in the group introduced the Team to the crowds strung out along the East and West Cliffs and in the beach area.  Precisely as the seconds ticked over to 12pm – the Red Arrows, smoke trailing behind them burst low over the crowds to begin their spectacular display.

The Red Arrows arrive over Bournemouth beach on time to the second !

The Red Arrows arrive over Bournemouth beach on time to the second and launched into their breath taking display.

Red Arrows fans begin early.

Red Arrows fans begin early.

For 20 minutes, the Red Arrows commanded the skies with their world famous display.

These amazing manoeuvres held the collective breath as they closed on each other with split second timing.

These amazing manoeuvres held the collective breath as they closed on each other with split second timing.

A singleton caught against blue contrails.

A singleton caught against blue contrails.

Many young fans also dress in flying suits in tribute to their heroes.

Many young fans also dress in flying suits in tribute to their heroes.

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Weaving around their 7 colleagues, as they paint their way across the sky.

My brother's a Spitfire pilot.

My brother’s a Spitfire pilot. A small boy watches his brother in the cockpit.

BOMBER COMMAND VETERANS

Veterans of conflicts long ago are still remembered with pride and at least one managed to attend at the age of 95 years.  I was privileged to meet George Dunn, DFC, who was signing books commemorating the work of Bomber Command.

George Dunn DFC.  

George Dunn, DFC took part in 45 sorties over Berlin flying in Mosquitoes and another 30 in Wellingtons over other German targets.  He also flew on a mission to the V1 rocket factory at Peenemunde. During his distinguished service George flew Mosquitoes, Spitfires, Hurricanes and Mustangs.

As he signed copies of the books commemorating the work of Bomber Command, the questions about his part in World War Two, came thick and fast. He looked hale and fit and certainly was enjoying the fine sunshine and was clearly happy to be there.

Jo Lancaster, DFC.

Unfortunately Jo Lancaster, who is almost a centenarian, was unable to attend the signing session in person.  His illustrious career spanned action over Berlin, Settin        (  now Szczecin ) on the Baltic, Cologne and Brest.  He took part in the first 1,000 bomber raid in May 1942. Hel also flew Lancaster bombers.

Jo became a test pilot and  became the first pilot to eject in an emergency from a British aircraft when the Armstrong Whitworth flying wing developed a fault over Warwickshire in 1949. He also played a significant part in the flight testing of Lancaster, Avro York, Meteor, Javelin, Hunters and Shackleton aircraft.

Bomber Command veteran Flt.Lt. George Dunn, DFC, with author and publisher Steve Darlow at the book signing.

Bomber Command veteran Flt.Lt. George Dunn, DFC, with author and publisher Steve Darlow at the book signing.

photographs & words : Tony Knight photography & MEDIA

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