The 5 of the 9 Red Arrow Hawks winging-it over Weston Super Mare yesterday afternoon – as seen from Penarth, 10 miles away. They’ll be back over Weston this afternoon (Sunday June 18th 2017)

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.

Out of the Sun: The problem with watching in Weston is that spectators are looking into the sun

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.

The Red Arrows streaming patriotic smoke trails

A single Red Arrow appers to  skim the tower of Glastonbury Tor

The Red Arrows over Weston-Super-Mare’s famous pier yesterday

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.

Going down! A piece of ephemeral aviation artwork in the process of creation.

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 display routines (best viewed on iPad)

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

Since the Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council cancelled the Penarth Holiday Festival Carnival Day air show the Weston Super Mare air show on the other side of the Bristol channel is the nearest to Penarth

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  1. Joe blow says:

    Nice photos, but Glastonbury Tor is some 20 miles from Weston-super-Mare, so that is something else in the picture.

  2. AK says:

    Great to see the Red Arrows and a few others this afternoon (thanks to PDN for the schedule).

    What a glorious afternoon, not a cloud in the sky, high tide with barely a ripple and even some brave souls in swimming off Penarth.

    Garden by the Sea at its finest.

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