Torbay Airshow 2018 has been hailed a huge success, the countdown is now on to the Torbay Airshow 2019.

Record numbers of people crowded every spot of green and beach space available, to watch the world class air displays.

The Torbay Airshow 2018 was so much of a success that the 2019 dates have already been set for the 1st-2nd June 2019.

Torbay Airshow attracts bumper visitor numbers

Red Arrows kick off airshow 2018, Torbay Airshow 2019, dates announced

The Torbay Airshow took place on the 2nd and 3rd June 2018 and attracted over 165,000 visitors across the bay.

Crowds witnessed a whole host of aerial displays including the RAF Red Arrows.

The RAF Red Arrows showcasing their new routine for 2018.

Boost for Torbay Economy

The Torbay Airshow hasn’t just put Torbay on the map, it has highlighted that the English Riviera is a destination for families seeking that ideal summer weekend.

The airshow, now in its third year, has fast become the most popular and well attended event in the area, annually.

Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver said:

We are absolutely delighted with the success of the 2018 Torbay Airshow. This family friendly event is now firmly established on the local, regional and national circuit and this year we saw even more residents and visitors to the Bay enjoying the wonderful range of military and civilian aircraft displays as well as the event village on Paignton Green.

Torbay Airshow has provided a significant boost to the local economy over the past three years. The 2018 Airshow has brought in excess of £7 million to the local economy

Team Raven Kicked off Saturday

Team Raven had the honor of kicking off Saturday afternoons fantastic display and the day only got better.

With amazing displays from a whole host of aircraft including

  • OV-10 Bronco,
  • City of Exeter Spirtfire,
  • The Blades, RAF Grob Tutor,
  • Autogyro,
  • Pitts Special S1-S,
  • RAF Red Arrows,
  • Aerosuperbatics Wingwalking Formation,
  • Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team and
  • Strikemaster.

There were a couple of mechanical issues with the Vampire Pair and Battle of Britain’s Memorial Flight Hurricane and Spitfire.

A late arrival

However, the Torbay Airshow 2018 was complimented further by the arrival of the Bristol Blenheim MKI wowing the crowds.

Lancaster and Dakota at Torbay Airshow 2018

An iconic, and another first for the airshow, the Lancaster and Dakota gave all those in attendance the perfect display to mark 100 years of the RAF.

Saturday was brought to a close by the roar of the RAF Typhoon Display Team.

Turning up the heat

Sunday saw temperatures sore past where they were on the Saturday.

Crowds, once again lined the beaches and greens to watch the immersive airshow.

Sunday was once again opened by Team Raven followed by The Bronco.

Lancaster and Dakota formation were also back on the Sunday, beautifully bathed in the Sunday morning sun.

Right on Time

Chinook display at Torbay Airshow 2018

RAF Red Arrows arrived bang on 3pm, soaring over Torbay and providing spectators with that perfect photograph opportunity.

Sunday also saw, or should that be heard, the sounds of wokka wokka being echoed across the bay.

The source?  An immense Chinook display.

Paignton Green hosted the event village complete with entertainment, an extended Armed Forces Village south of the pier, trade stands, fairground rides, bars and family hospitality.

Torbay Airshow 2019

Torbay Airshow 2018 programme

Torbay Airshow 2019 is being held on the 1st and 2nd June 2019.

Stay up to date by giving the Torbay Airshow 2019 Facebook page a like, follow the airshow on twitter and instagram.

You can also visit the the Torbay Airshow website.

If you missed the Torbay Airshow 2018, catch up on our YouTube channel.

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