Torbay Airshow 2019 proves huge success

The 2019 Torbay Airshow has been hailed a success after record breaking crowds on Saturday 1 June turned out for an action packed programme of world class air displays, including the RAF Red Arrow’s first display of the season.

Challenging weather conditions on Sunday 2 June unfortunately limited the display programme, which included a curtailed display from the RAF Red Arrows, the RAF Chinook Display Team and the Navy Black Cat.

The two day event attracted over 165,000 visitors across the bay, after crowds exceeded all expectations on Saturday.

The Torbay Airshow brings a much needed boost to Torbay’s economy, placing the area on the national map as a destination of choice and a great place to bring all the family.

The incredible air display programme on Saturday afternoon opened with Corrine Dennis in her Pitts Special and featured the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Dakota, Hurricane, Spitfire) celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, RAF Red Arrows, RAF Chinook Display Team, The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, RAF Tucano T1, Navy Black Cat, Strikemaster, The Blades and the RAF Typhoon.

On Sunday morning the RAF Red Arrows opened the show but due to low cloud had to curtail their performance. Organisers remained optimistic, with weather forecasts due to improve but unfortunately conditions only allowed displays from the RAF Chinook Display Team and the Navy Black Cat. 

Darren Cowell, deputy leader of Torbay Council, said: “Despite the bad weather on Sunday, this year’s Torbay Airshow has been an incredible success. The amazing weather on Saturday brought in bigger crowds that we’ve ever seen before and it was a delight to see the whole Bay so busy with residents and visitors alike.

“We were honoured to welcome the RAF Red Arrows back to the UK after their training abroad and host their first display of the 2019 season. There is no doubt the Airshow brings a substantial economic boost to the Bay over the weekend and we can’t thank our sponsors, partners and suppliers enough for their hard work and support this year to make this free event possible.”

Stephen Pattrick, CEO of Newcross Healthcare, added: “It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the airshow this weekend, especially on Saturday. What a show! The Torbay Airshow is certainly a highlight in the calendar and Newcross Healthcare is proud to have supported the event.”

As well as the awe-inspiring flying programme, Paignton Green hosted the event and armed forces villages with ground entertainment, live music, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering. Highlights included the new SkyBar hospitality, offering visitors the opportunity to upgrade their Airshow experience under stretch marquees.

To stay up to date with the latest news and updates follow @torbayairshow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.torbayairshow.com 

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Events are centred around Paignton Green, with free entertainment for all the family, including exhibition stands, bars, food stalls, display teams, inflatable slides, bouncy castles and fairground rides. Torbay Airshow visitors can also indulge in a range of retail therapy, including gifts, toys and festival essentials. Of course, it’s up in the sky where the breath-taking aerial action takes place, with a packed two-day programme of stunts, displays and flypasts.  All air displays are subject to change depending on weather conditions and operational commitments which could take the military displays elsewhere at short notice. The English Riviera Airshow brings 165,000 people into the Bay each year

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