25 Years of Eastbourne AirBourne

I can’t believe this wonderful show has been running for 25 years. I have attended many of them but this year experienced the whole 4 days as a resident, not a visitor.

What a privilege to live here! Others may moan about traffic and crowds but I loved it from start to finish. To watch the great spectacle move into town last week, each day becoming more and more exciting. Then to be able to dip in and out of the displays by just walking to the end of my road – how lucky is that?

Catalina Flyingboat

The fabulous ‘Blades’

The weather was good, mainly blue skies which give the best backdrop to watch aircraft old and new. Each day offered a tremendous line up of the best in aviation. The Red Arrows are the real crowd pullers and they performed for us on 3 days. This year we also had the Belgian F16 which roared overhead in all its supersonic glory. The amazing flying by the Blades team of ex Red Arrow pilots really took my breath away, as did the brave Breitling Wing walkers, every day is a bad hair day for those intrepid ladies.


As well as the full programme of flying there was the usual displays and exhibits on the Western Lawns, a pop up food court around the Wish Tower, evening open air cinema for all the family and tonight a finale of fireworks.

View from the Wish Tower

I must mention the hardworking Eastbourne Council staff who have the mammoth job of clearing up each evening and again the next morning.  When I walk my dogs early in the morning the prom is being prepared for another busy day and teams of litter pickers and rubbish collectors are working hard at silly o’clock to keep everywhere looking pristine. It’s an uphill struggle as every bag that is dumped by the public, without thinking, beside a bin (not in it), will be torn apart overnight by seagulls and foxes and strewn everywhere.

F16 Roars through the sky

Red Arrows arrive in style

As the party draws to a close I can’t stress enough that the wonderful Eastbourne AirBourne is FREE, but relies heavily on donations and I hope everyone who enjoyed themselves have dug deep to keep the event going for another 25 years. http://www.eastbourneairshow.com/

Red Arrows doing what they do best!




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