Southport Air Show is ready for takeoff
MORE than 150,000 people are expected to turn out for the latest in Southport’s packed calendar of events.
Southport Air Show returns this weekend (September 15-17) and is expected to bring visitors flocking to the town.
Following the success of previous years, the Friday night show will return with displays from the Tigers Free Fall Team, Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team, OTTO The Helicopter, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Typhoon and The Blades.
Each display will fly to music and there will be a fireworks display from Sirotechnics, a former British Musical Fireworks champion.
Although the Red Arrows will not appear this year due to overseas commitments, the organisers were keen to bring a exciting replacement, and have the last airworthy B-19 Flying Fortress making at the show for the first time.
The B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF – Sally B – was critical to the USAAF daylight precision bombing campaign during World War II and was armed with 13 machine guns.
Also appearing for the first time is the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen, a twin-boom, twin-engine 1950s/60s British two-seat jet fighter.
Both of these displays will be on Saturday and Sunday, as will those of a host of other military aircraft.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s cabinet member regeneration and skills, said: “The 26th Southport Air Show is, as ever, shaping up to be a fantastic three-day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.
“Sefton council continues to offer a fantastic events programme which caters for all the family and improves year on year.
“With the return of the Friday night flying displays, this promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough.
“If you are planning to attend one of the three days, please get there early and make the most of your visit to Southport.”
The B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B will fly at Southport Air Show 2017