Preview: Blackpool Air Show 2014

If you know your Hawkwind from your Harrier Jump Jet, and you’re canny enough to realise that a wing walker isn’t something to be feared north of The Wall, then you’ll probably be quite pleased to know that the Blackpool Air Show is on this Sunday 10 and Monday 11 August.  There is much to recommend it.  Beside the excitement of joining thousands on the shiny promenade, while music plays and engines boom overhead, you’ll get to observe some of the most iconic craft in military aviation history.

Just in case, like me, you can’t tell your Cessna from your Suarez, here is your carefully crafted plane-spotter’s guide for the event:

This year is the 105th anniversary of the Blackpool Air Show.  It was the first of its kind in the country and is one of the longest running air shows in the world.  Councillor Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said:

“This year marks the 105th annual Blackpool Air Show and I have absolutely no doubt it will be as fantastic as ever. This is a marvellous event for all the family that runs over two days and is perfect for both local residents and visitors. I hope people will be able to come along and stay for the two days and enjoy all that the show and the resort has to offer.”

Beside the aerial spectacular, look out for stalls from the Friends of the Red Arrows, the Lytham Spitfire and charities like the Royal British Legion, Blackpool Carers Centre and Foster Carers Ltd.  There will be a Disney Planes 2-sponsored fire truck present which will help youngsters have fun and learn about fire safety.  Heart North West’s Heart Angels will also be present and listeners will be able to take part in competitions by finding them on the site and could win a 3G Apple iPad.

Most importantly, however, there will be an alfresco zone with games like Giant Jenga and Connect 4.  Wow!

For anyone who wants to get the fun started early, please enjoy this handy guide to folding a paper plane, courtesy of the good folks at Wikipedia:

paper aeroplane










For more details on the itinerary visit www.visitblackpool.com.  Keep an eye on altBlackpool next week for a photo gallery of all the action.


Featured image by Laura Price.

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