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ChinookReturns for Airbourne’s 20th Anniversary
Eastbourne Airshow fans can look forward to the return ofthe RAF Chinook helicopter at this year’s Airbourne from 9 – 12August.
The tandem rotor heavy lift helicopter is returning toAirbourne after a 4 year gap, and is just one of several star attractionsreturning to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the free airshow.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism,Cllr Neil Stanley said “This is fantastic news, we are delighted towelcome back the awesome Chinook! The aircraft has been an impressive sight atAirbourne in the past, and we know it’s a much loved favourite amongstfans of the event.”

Chinooks are heavily used by both the RAF and US Army andare large enough to house two landrovers inside the aircraft. The aircraft willland equipment on the beach as part of its display, giving onlookers a greatview of the aircraft in action.

The Chinook HC2 joins an RAF line up which includes theBattle of Britain Memorial Flight, Hawk, Tucano, Tutor, King Air and TornadoGR4. The RAF Sea King and an Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter will both alsodisplay at the show.

Family favourites, the Brietling Wingwalkers make awelcome return, plus former Red Arrows pilots, The Blades, will be zoomingacross the skies at Airbourne over all four days, hot on the heels of theirrecent world record success.

Also joining the flying line up, will be displays from theArmy Tigers Parachute Display Team and The Raiders: Royal Navy ParachuteDisplay Team, who will both be dropping in formation and landing on Eastbourne’s beaches.

Organisers are also seeking sponsorship to bring theVulcan display to Eastbourne for the firsttime. The cold war jet is currently undergoing engine replacement and isexpected to return to the skies mid July.

A full line up will be announced shortly, including more20 year highlights, old favourites, aerobatic teams and a classic jetprogramme.

For more information on Airbourne 2012 or for a chance towin VIP passes in a Guess The Year competition visit www.eastbourneairshow.com ortelephone 0871 663 0031
29 June, 2012

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