The 2017 Torbay Airshow has been hailed a huge success after record breaking crowds turned out for an action packed two day programme of world class air displays.
The event, which took place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, attracted over 150,000 visitors across the bay over the two days and hosted the RAF Red Arrows first display of the season, revealing the world’s premier aerobatic team’s 2017 routine.
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 opened on Saturday afternoon with the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, who are celebrated their 25th anniversary and continued with displays from Team Raven, the Percival Piston Provost, Strikemaster, RAF Red Arrows, the PBY51 Catalina seaplane, world aerobatic competitor Gerald Cooper in his Xtreme XA41, the Autogyro, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades and the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon FGR4.
Despite heavy showers on Sunday morning, the weather vastly improved as crowds gathered for another afternoon’s entertainment. In respect of the tragic events that occurred in London late on Saturday night a minute of silence was held before the Battle of Britain Memorial Display Team took to the skies and opened Sunday’s air display programme.
On Sunday afternoon, the air display programme also featured displays from Team Raven, the Percival Piston Provost, Strikemaster, RAF Red Arrows, Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, PBY5A Catalina seaplane, the Autogyro, Lauren Richardson in her Pitts Special, Gerald Cooper in his Xtreme XA41, The Blades, RAF Chinook Display Team and an incredible closing performance by the Royal Air Force’s Typhoon FGR4.
Torbay’s Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: “This year’s Torbay Airshow has been a resounding success. It was a delight to see the whole Bay so busy with residents and visitors enjoying a spectacular show and an honour to host the RAF Red Arrows first display of their 2017 season.
“This is just the type of free family event we want to host and our beautiful coastal location lends itself perfectly to this type of show, which has no doubt brought a substantial economic boost to the Bay over the weekend. We would love to make the Torbay Airshow a signature annual event for the area.”
As well as the awe-inspiring flying programme, Paignton Green hosted the event village with ground entertainment, trade stands, fair rides, bars and catering. Highlights of the ground displays include the chance to win an Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows car as part of the RAF Benevolent Fund and the chance to climb aboard the Royal Navy Frigate the HMS Somerset.
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