With a record-breaking 1300 boats in the bay on Saturday alone and total numbers topping 3/4 million, the award-winning Bournemouth Air Festival, supported by Kier, enjoyed its eighth year (20-23 August) in spite of weather extremes – welcoming new displays from the MiG 15 and Hawk T2 Role Demo Team as well as an emotional farewell from festival favourite, the Vulcan against a backdrop of a flotilla of Royal Navy ships.
On the ground the Armed Forces, traders and food and drink stalls kept everyone entertained.
Not forgetting an incredible Night Air music line up with performances from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood, char and pop stars and a journey through 25years of dance. With dusk air displays and a sprinkling of street entertainment and fireworks it was another fantastic event.
Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, said: “Bournemouth’s wonderful seafront has provided a magnificent stage for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines to demonstrate what we can do at sea, in the air and over the land. None of this was just for show – it’s indicative of what our sailors and marines are doing right now, on operations at home and around the world. Britain is an island nation, a trading nation, with global ambition. So the Royal Navy is working to keep the maritime motorways flowing, to keep British citizens safe, and to protect and advance our interests in this age of global opportunity. I would like to thank the Council, local businesses and the entire community for making us so welcome. We’ve had a wonderful time – we hope you did too – and you can count on us to be back in 2016!”
Hosting a wealth of land, sea, air and ground entertainment and an inter-Forces beach soccer competition – there are video highlights in the gallery opposite.
See you next year, August 18th – 21st!