Sidmouth Airshow confirms line-up of Red Arrows, Spitfires, Lynx helicopters, RAF Dakota and more….

The Red Arrows, Spitfires, Lynx helicopters, an RAF Dakota, and biplane aerobatics have been confirmed to appear at this year’s Sidmouth Airshow.

The air display, on Friday, August 27, will begin at 5.30pm with the Royal Navy’s solo wildcat helicopter display team, and Sidmouth is ‘lucky enough’ to be one of ‘a handful’ of events where they will appear in 2021.

Returning to fly over the town after a two-year absence, is the Red Arrows display team, while performing in Sidmouth for the first time is Rich Goodwin with his ‘high energy muscle aerobatics’.

Councillor Ian Barlow, Sidmouth Town Council chairman, said: “This is fantastic news that after an absence of two years, the Red Arrows are to return as well as the Spitfires and Dakota.

“Sidmouth is the best possible place to watch and get an uninterrupted view of all these teams in the country. It’s just the boost we all need at the moment.”

Volunteers are being recruited to help collect donations from the crowds from 4pm until 7.30pm, along the seafront, Salcombe and Peak Hills and Connaught Gardens, in  bid to help fund future air show events.

The aerial entertainment is set to start at around 5.30pm with the Lynx-flying Royal Navy solo wildcat helicopter display team, who will come from their base at RNAS Yeovilton.

Next to take to the skies will be Rich Goodwin in his colourful Pitts biplane, performing ‘amazing displays’ of high energy with G-force aerobatic manoeuvres.

The RAF Dakota of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will follow, flanked by two RAF Spitfires.

And bringing the 2021 air show to a close with synchronised flying and aerobatics will be the Red Arrows.

A spokesman for the airshow said: “The prospect of a large Dakota transport flanked by two elegant Spitfires who will peel off and display separately, before re-joining in formation, will be a breath-taking sight.

“Returning to Sidmouth after a two-year absence due to their US tour and restrictions last year, will be the Red Arrows who will once again delight the crowds with their perfectly synchronised flying and manoeuvrers as a fitting finale.

“All in all, Sidmouth Airshow 2021 is shaping up to be a real tonic and highlight of the year.

The spokesman added: “Final details and arrangements are still being confirmed but the council has confirmed that the event will include all the usual extra car parking and traffic management including the closure of the esplanade to allow the support teams to set up and extra public space for watching and enjoying the event.”

The organisers of Sidmouth’s Airshow said the event will be subject to the Government lifting of Covid-19 regulations, weather conditions and aircraft availability.

For more information see the Sidmouth Town Council website, here.

To register as a donations’ collector, contact the town council by email towncounci@sidmouth.gov.uk

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