South­port Air Show is ready for take­off

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

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

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