Clacton Air Show has received a real turbo boost by signing up the Red Arrows for this summer’s event.
One of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams will once again be performing for massed crowds along the town’s seafront on Friday August 22.
It is a significant coup to have the team back as they are in great demand in their 50th display season.
Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Events and Leisure Services said the Red Arrows represent the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force.
“In their distinctive Hawk jets they perform dynamic displays around the world and it is a great honour to host them in Clacton,” he said.
“They are great ambassadors for Britain and that includes the pilots, engineers and support staff that make up the whole team.”
The Red Arrows have been coming to the Clacton Air Show for more than 20 years.
Cllr Platt said the Air Show team is working hard behind the scenes to come up with a full and exciting programme for the show on August 21 and 22.
“Whenever you are organising an event such as this you always want to sign up the Red Arrows but there will be a whole host of aircraft on board by the time the show comes around and one or two surprises,” he added.
Clacton will once again be the only seaside East Coast event of its kind as attempts to get Lowestoft and Southend off the ground again have met with failure.
Hopefully fans that would previously go to those shows in the past will be tempted to come along to Clacton as they did last year.
Also at this stage, the organisers are able to announce that the Tucano will by flying both days.
Loved by flight fans, the Tucano’s handling is very similar to that of a jet aircraft and it provides an excellent workhorse for training fast jet pilots in all aspects of military flying.
It is used to develop a whole range of skills and can be flown in all types of weather – by day and by night.
The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.
Last year it attracted around 140,000 people over the two days.
Due to hard work and careful budgeting the event is getting to a point where it is close to breaking even and is sustainable.
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