The two-day Weston Air Festival is likely to be drawing big crowds once again today for Day 2 of flying displays by more than 25 different aircraft – including the famous RAF Red Arrows.
However purists say that with good weather, and a good pair of binoculars, by far the best place to watch the display isn’t Weston – but Penarth – where it’s possible to appreciate the full scope and scale of the famous RAF aerobatic team’s precision stunts without squinting into the sun or getting stuck in a traffic jam when it’s all over.
Weston is 10 miles away from Penarth enabling spectators on this side of the Bristol Channel to take in the whole of the huge area of sky in which the Red Arrows paint the sky with tricolour smoke trails.
The Red Arrows have three different displays they can choose to fly ” full, rolling or flat”. The full display depends on the cloud-base being above 5,500 feet (which it probably will be today) .
For Arrows aficionados, the following graphics illustrate the different stunts to be flown from their 2017 aerobatic programme:-
The Red Arrows put on an impressive display yesterday (Saturday June 17th 2017) and will be performing over Weston again during this afternoon .The annual event is organised by North Somerset Council and coincides with Armed Forces Day.
The schedule for this afternoon (subject to weather and aircraft serviceability) – from 13:00 to 15:30 is :-
- Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
- Extra 330SC (aerobatic display)
- RAF Red Arrows
- BAC Strikemaster Classic Jet Warbird and Muscle Pitts Bi-Plane
- Team Raven Display Team
- Whirlwind 10 (Search and rescue demonstration)
- Mig 15 and P-51D Mustang
- Catalina Flying Boat
15:30 to 17:30
- The Blades Aerobatic Display Team
- Calidus Gyrocopter
- Breitling Wingwalker
- Schweizer 300 ‘Otto’
- Girl Power Pitts Special
- Gazelle Squadron
- TRIG Aerobatic Team
- RAF Typhoon