Get set to celebrate a decade of the dazzling brilliant Bournemouth Air Festival.

Since the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight first flew at the 2008 Air Festival, more than 8.5 million people have been entertained by almost 140 hours of display time performed by more than 55 teams and aircraft. The skies of Bournemouth and coastal bay have also hosted and welcomed The First Sea Lord, flotillas of RN ships, beach assaults, record breaking display teams and pilots, European military aircraft and chart topping music acts - and this summer organisers have promised a bumper display programme.

Air Festival Director, Jon Weaver said: "We have achieved so much over the years, the highs and lows, awards and challenges - we can’t wait for this summer’s 10th event and, with our plan for more planes and more hours, hope everyone enjoys what we have planned!"

To celebrate the 10th Air Festival organisers are staging three shows on Thursday in the afternoon, evening and at dusk with the Red Arrows, supported by Morgan Sindall, kick starting the second of these shows at 6pm. This will be followed by their displays at 3.30pm on Friday and 12noon on Saturday.

There will be more jets performing than last year with two twin jet display teams - introduced last year the Strike Master pair with the Vampire pair and also returning is the MiG. The much-missed Chinook is displaying at the weekend and the Great War Display Team.

New for this year is a ‘Very Vintage Sunday’ with a special very vintage display day featuring the SallyB, MiG, Vampire Pair and Dakota. Organisers are also planning a vintage entertainment area on the East Overcliff area with music, dancing, vintage vendors and classic cars.

The Navy's ongoing commitment to the Festival will include a flotilla of ships, Royal Marines demonstrations, extensive military village area and a Thursday evening concert in the Lower Gardens Bandstand from Royal Marines Band, HM RM Band Collingwood.

Commodore Jamie Miller said: "2017 will be another great year and give us the opportunity to showcase what we do best."

RAF assets alongside the Red Arrows will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Chinook and RAF Village area.

Red 1, Team Leader Dave Montenegro said: "Congratulations to everyone who has been involved with the Bournemouth Air Festival, it is one of our favourite venues to display at and we're looking forward to being part of the celebrations in August."

A solo Breitling Wingwalker, Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team (making daily jumps from an incredible 6,000ft and freefalling at 120mph), SallyB, Xtreme and Blades Aerobatic Display Team, complete the display programme to date.

In the evening,  Night Air welcomes Royal Navy Beat Retreat Sunset Ceremony and Royal Marines unarmed combat displays (Fri and Sat), dusk flying displays from the Red Devils, Otto and Twister Duo - finishing with fireworks on Friday and Saturday. Completing the sky-high evening entertainment, don't forget the Red Arrows display at 6pm on Thursday.

With brilliant day and night time entertainment on land, out at sea and in the air, the 2017 10th Air Festival is certainly set to be the event of the summer.

Taking place from August 31 until September 3, the award-winning festival will be anticipating an awesome line up in the skies, which will include the RAF Red Arrows, Blades Aerobatic display team and the Breitling Wingwalkers, a flotilla of Royal Navy ships all supported with military villages and finally Pier-to-Pier and county show trading stalls.  That’s not forgetting the Night Air entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 

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