The Bournemouth Air Festival is held along the coast, between the 2 Bournemouth piers.

The first Festival in 2008 attracted 750,000 visitors and an estimated 1,344,000 people in 2009. The weather marred the show last year but did see the introduction of a twilight show.

Despite the first day of 2011 being cancelled with dreadful weather and flash flooding along the south coast, Friday’s airshow, the Night Air performance and the weekend show promised record crowds.

We teamed up with Simon Moores of Airads again, and Ian Gallacher towed a banner on Friday to advertise the twilight show. Simon towed a banner for Airfix to compliment our “NIGHT AIR TH FRI & SAT 6-10PM” banner, operating from Newton Peveril on the edge of the Bournemouth airpace zone.

The Night Air show has grown as pyro technology has become more widely accepted, and this year featured three acts sporting similar pyrotechnics – Brendan O’Brian in a crazy flying act, the SWIP Team’s Twisters and our GliderFX display.

It was GliderFX pilot Paul Holdnall’s first ever display and he mastered the challenge of operating the Pawnee from a large commercial airfield and flying in near dark conditions. The team’s MDM-1 Fox glider was flown by Ian Gallacher.

Although the evening show was a triumph, the event will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. On Saturday one of the Red Arrows crash in a field whilst recovering back to the airport. We wish to convey our condolences to Flt Lt Jon Egging family and colleagues.

Thanks must go to Paul Kingsbury and the team at De Havilland for use of the Hangar and Barry Seargent for his tireless support at Bournemouth Airport. Also to Mike and Peggy Trenchard at Newton Peveril for use of their grass strip.