Airshows for 2015

Sunderland International Airshow

Whether you're a hardened aviation nut or just have a casual interest in the subject, airshows make a great day out for the family – offering the chance to see historic aircraft in action and "in the metal" while (hopefully) enjoying an ice cream in the sunshine. We've picked out some of the biggest and best events for the rest of August and September...

Airborne 2015: Eastbourne International Airshow – August 13 to 16
Regarded by many as a great big retirement home by the sea, the East Sussex seaside town of Eastbourne will be playing host to an array of retired aircraft over the four days from August 13 to 16. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (which includes a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster), a P40 Kittyhawk, the Norwegian Vampires and the P51 Mustang will be among the many aircraft featured. And the Breitling Wing Walkers and RAF Red Arrows will also be flying – adding a bit of razzmatazz to the proceedings. Best of all, the show is free – so you'll only have to fork out for a programme and an ice cream.

Bournemouth Air Festival 2015 – August 20 – 23
Another free show with a public seafront serving as the grandstand, the Bournemouth Air Festival will feature a similar line-up of historic and modern aircraft. One highlight will be a flypast from the Avro Vulcan – the RAF's iconic delta-winged bomber. The last flying aircraft is being grounded at the end of this season, so this will be one of the final chances to see it in the air. The Red Arrows will be flying on all four days and there will also be appearances from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Typhoon and the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team. And ground-based attractions will include a full size Chinook mock-up, part of the RAF Central Band, a 591 Signals Unit, a No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron and a No1 Radio School.

Shoreham Airshow – August 22 and 23
Back along the south coast to Sussex, and that Vulcan will also be putting in an appearance at the Shoreham Airshow – where it will join a fleet of other retired and in-service military aircraft. Some of the vintage specimens in the air will include a Bristol Blenheim, Fairey Swordfish, Junkers JU-52/3M and the stunning de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 – along with a sprinkling of Spitfires, Hurricanes and even a Soviet Yakolev Yak-3. Based at Brighton International Airport (in Shoreham), this is a ticketed event and will also feature plenty of static aircraft, related displays and classic cars.

Wings and Wheels, Surrey – August 29 and 30
Can't decide between a classic car rally or an airshow? Then you need to head to Dunsfold in Surrey for Wings and Wheels on the August bank holiday weekend. Best-known as the setting for the BBC's hit show Top Gear, the aerodrome will be playing host to a family-focused event which aims to combine vintage and current aircraft with a huge selection of cars, military vehicles and motoring demonstrations. It may just be the only place where you can see a flypast by WW2 planes before enjoying a drifting demonstration.

The Victory Show, Leics – Sep 4 to 6
While other airshows hop between decades without a care in the world, this event being held on a farm in Leicestershire is only interested in those six vital years from 1930 to 1945. Billed as a tribute to World War 2, The Victory Show will feature flypasts from vintage aircraft of the era (and shortly after) – along with battle re-enactments and a collection of military vehicles including jeeps, trucks and even tanks.

Air Waves: Northern Ireland International Airshow – Sep 5 and 6
Billed as the biggest airshow on the emerald isle, this event will feature the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Boeing B-17 "flying fortress", a Typhoon Eurofighter and a Huey helicopter among other aircraft. Staged in Portrush, the free air and ground displays will be staged against the stunning backdrop of the Giant's Causeway and Dunluce Castle. The Red Arrows, the Blades and the Flying Geese parachutists will all be putting on displays to rival the Irish coastline's natural beauty.

Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show, Duxford – Sep 19 and 20
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain, the historic RAF Duxford's late summer display will be one of the highlights of the season for aviation buffs – and is being staged in one of the key air bases of the era. Now part of the Imperial War Museum, the Cambridgeshire facility will give visitors the chance to view historic aircraft on the ground before and after they take off. The lengthy list of featured aircraft includes around 20 Spitfires, five Hurricanes and a selection of other period planes from Germany, the US and elsewhere.

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