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United States Air Force Joins Eastbourne Airbourne
Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow will be welcoming the United States Air Force this year as the MC-130P Combat Shadow display comes to the show for the first time.
Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow will be welcoming the United States Air Force this year as the MC-130P Combat Shadow display comes to the show for the first time.

The South’s biggest free airshow from Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 August, sponsored by csma (Civil Service Motoring Association) is featuring the strongest flying programme ever this year, with other international displays from the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Air Forces.

The low level flying aircraft, which can fly at night without communications or external lights to avoid radar detection, is often used for dropping special operations teams, providing air to air refuelling for helicopters and also providing humanitarian aid.

Flying on Thursday and Friday, the Combat Shadow is also joined by two F16’s, the Belgian Air Force Fouga Magister and the Royal Netherlands PC7 to complete the international line up.

Organisers, Eastbourne Borough Council, are also strengthening their international links with a special Air Attaché day, for other overseas military air forces to visit Airbourne and view the success of seafront airshows in the UK.

Eastbourne Borough Council, Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “As a premiere seafront airshow in the UK, we are in an excellent position to strengthen international links which will provide even more exciting and varied flying programmes in the future. Our partnership with the RAF and csma also continues to grow with exciting new attractions every year.”

Airbourne has a full complement of RAF flying displays this year with the Harrier GR7, Tornado GR4, Jaguar GR3, Hawk T1, Tucano T1 and Nimrod MR2 all flying all four days.

The Red Arrows also provide an extra special display this year, celebrating their 40th display season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Airbourne will also be the only free airshow in the South where fans will be able to meet the team on the ground as part of the anniversary on Saturday 14th August.

The Falcons will also be dropping in from heights of up to 12,000 feet on all four days and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight returns with a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane from Friday to Sunday.

The RAF Exhibition returns with the RAF Police Volunteer Dog Display Team and the RAF Regiment Presentation Team both performing in the arena. Visitors can sit in the cockpit of life size replica Harrier or Hawk jet, visit the Nimrod cockpit and fuselage, or try the Eurofighter Typhoon interactive cockpit.

Other favourites return including the csma Wings & Wheels exhibition featuring Formula 1 cars and the Vintage Vehicle Cavalcades with a ‘Route 66’ theme, rolling along the seafront from10.30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors can also enjoy helicopter rides, children’s playzones, simulators, exclusive seating at the Bandstand and on Sunday evening the Sunset Ceremony and flypast at the Bandstand, ending in a spectacular firework finale from Eastbourne Pier.

Airbourne returns from 12 – 15 August and is open from 10am to 6pm each day. For further information on Airbourne visit www.eastbourneairshow.com or telephone 01323 411400.
06 August, 2004

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