The mighty Avro Vulcan Bomber is due to make its last ever appearance at Weston-super-Mare in what will be a fitting finale to this weekend’s Weston Air Festival.
The Vulcan will be the last flight in the two-day festival which takes place on Weston seafront on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.
A spectacular line-up of thrilling air displays has been confirmed for the two days by the event’s organisers North Somerset Council.
Air displays are due to begin at 11.30am on the Saturday and will continue throughout the day until around 5.30pm, with the Red Arrows due to perform at 4.15pm.
On Sunday displays will get under way at 11.45am, with the Red Arrows performing again at 3pm and the Vulcan closing the festival at 5.10pm.
“This will be the last time this iconic aircraft will be seen in Weston-super-Mare,” said Cllr Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council’s executive member for tourism. “As a fitting and emotional farewell, two Hawker Hunter Classic Jet Fighters will be flying in formation with the Vulcan.”
For details of all the scheduled flight times visit www.westonairfestival.com. All times are subject to change or cancellation due to weather conditions and operational or technical circumstances.
It is hoped to offer visitors the opportunity to take pictures and meet some of the pilots during the weekend. ‘Meet and greet the pilot’ sessions will be announced on Twitter @WestonSeafront and the website at www.westonairfestival.com during the event.
As well as a full weekend programme of air displays, the festival will feature the town’s Armed Forces celebrations with military exhibitions and displays. Following the flag raising ceremony, there will be marching displays, military bands and performances from The Marionettes and the Bristol Military Wives Choir.
There will also be static displays, funfair rides, trade stands and activities such as mini tanks, climbing wall, Red Arrows and Euro Fighter Typhoon simulators, plus giant inflatables.