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Countdown to 12th Air Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:19 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:40 05 July 2010

WITH only five weeks to go before the 12th Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, the final flying programme is taking shape.

The two day spectacular will include 50 minutes worth of aerobatics from the Red Arrows, a flypast from two fighter jets and a powerboat parade on the last afternoon, preparing crowds for the weekend of racing ahead.

WITH only five weeks to go before the 12th Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, the final flying programme is taking shape.

The two day spectacular will include 50 minutes worth of aerobatics from the Red Arrows, a flypast from two fighter jets and a powerboat parade on the last afternoon, preparing crowds for the weekend of racing ahead.

Although the display timetable is still to be finalised for the tourist puller on Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25, it is expected to have a slight change of format from the normal routine.

Due to commitments elsewhere in their busy schedule, the RAF's world famous Red Arrows will now perform their displays beginning at 4.55pm on the Thursday and at noon on the second day.

The first day's flying programme will start as normal at 1pm. The earlier than usual start on the second day may mean a short half-hour break, but visitors will be able to take advantage of the vast amount of ground displays available, before the programme picks up steam again at 1pm.

Up to 40 aircraft are due to take to the skies as the air show celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force with an action-packed four-hour programme on both days.

As expected the RAF will be present in strength. As well as the Red Arrows, the Typhoon, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight of Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire, a Hawk solo jet, Sea King search and rescue helicopter and Tucano trainer.

In addition, flying display director Brian Lewis has arranged for a flypast by two Tornado GR4 frontline fighter jets during the first day's programme.

And despite some uncertainties the RAF's former iconic bomber the Avro Vulcan is scheduled to appear on both days.

The XH558 has achieved a major milestone after successfully completing her final technical flight, signalling the end of 15 years worth of hard work from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust. They are now waiting for their permit to fly approval.

Friday's programme is scheduled to include a parade of powerboats to introduce the week's other major attraction, the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Grand Prix on the Saturday and Sunday.

Barry Hartley, air festival director said: “All the flying displays are, as usual, subject to change, but if everything goes according to plan we think this year we are going to see four days of really exciting and spectacular action - on the land, on the sea and most of all in the skies above Lowestoft's award-winning beaches. And, of course, it's all free apart from the small voluntary donations which we are asking people to give to help cover our costs and to ensure the future of this great event. It has to be the best holiday bargain anywhere in the country.”

For details about the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival contact managing director Paul Bayfield at

paulbayfield@btconnect.com or telephone 01502 533600.

To become a Friend of the Air Festival go to: www.lowestoftairfestival.co.uk

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