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Why the Red Arrows WILL be allowed to perform stunts at the Biggin Hill air show

Why the Red Arrows WILL be allowed to perform stunts at the Biggin Hill air show
Jul 31, 2018 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 30/07/2018.

Why the Red Arrows WILL be allowed to perform stunts at the Biggin Hill air show

The famous display team weren’t allowed to perform any acrobatics at the recent Farnborough Airshow.

Visitors to the Biggin Hill air show next month WILL be able to watch the iconic Red Arrows performing spectacular stunts, it has been revealed.

Concerns were raised over whether the popular RAF squadron would be able to perform aerobatic displays at the Festival of Flight air show, which is to be held at London Biggin Hill Airport on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19.

The fears came after the famous display team weren’t allowed to perform any stunts at the Farnborough Airshow, in Hampshire, earlier this month.

But the organisers of the Biggin Hill show have reassured visitors the same restrictions will not apply for their two-day festival.

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager at London Biggin Hill Airport, told the Advertiser that crowds will be treated to the iconic “rolling” display.

He said: “The nation’s much-loved Red Arrows will return to London Biggin Hill’s Festival of Flight this year for another thrilling performance on both show days.

“Weather permitting, the iconic aerobatics team will delight crowds with a full and dynamic rolling display.”

The Red Arrows have been stopped from performing their famous stunts at some air shows around the country.

After a crash at the 2015 Shoreham Airshow claimed the lives of 11 people, a review of regulations was carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Tougher rules were brought in and jets have since been restricted in terms of where they can perform their acrobatics.

Separately, the RAF also conducts an assessment of the risks associated with the Royal Airforce Aerobatics Team, as the Red Arrows are officially known, flying at each air show.

Due to the high speed and dynamic nature of the Red Arrows’ displays, the RAF forbids any acrobatic displays where there is large amounts of housing, business areas or major transport links underneath the planned display area.

In the case of the Farnborough Airshow, the Red Arrows were only able to complete fly-pasts in different formations, as well as engage with the public on the ground.

But the RAF confirmed to the Advertiser that it is suitable for the Red Arrows to perform stunts at Biggin Hill, and that will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Visitors to this year’s festival will experience the full might of the RAF’s historic fleet as Spitfire and Hurricane fighters take to the skies, alongside the impressive Avro Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Colin Hitchins, Festival of Flight director at London Biggin Hill Airport, believes this year’s event will attract more visitors to the airport than ever before.

He said: “The 100th year of the RAF finds its spiritual home at Biggin Hill, which was Britain’s most famous RAF fighter station during the Second World War. This year’s festival will reflect this alliance, with both classic and modern aircraft on show.

“Every year, the Festival of Flight is dubbed a must-attend event for the summer and 2018’s line-up has been hotly anticipated given the significance of this commemorative year.

“We look forward to welcoming more visitors to the airport than ever before this summer.”

Early bird tickets are available at the discounted price of £23.50 for each day if you buy before the end of Sunday, August 5.

After that date they will be £29 for each day.

There is free entry for children under 16 when accompanied by an adult. You can visit www.lbhacommunity.co.uk for more information and to book.

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