Red Arrows to top bill at airshow

Mini-pilots Eva Scott (5), Thomas Fox (5), Corin Woodhead (5), and Olivia Urquhart-McKendry from Athelstaneford Primary with Justine Sharpe getting ready for this year's Airshow at the National Museum of Flight. Tickets have just gone on sale for the event on Saturday 28 July, which sees the return of the Red Arrows.
Mini-pilots Eva Scott (5), Thomas Fox (5), Corin Woodhead (5), and Olivia Urquhart-McKendry from Athelstaneford Primary with Justine Sharpe getting ready for this year's Airshow at the National Museum of Flight. Tickets have just gone on sale for the event on Saturday 28 July, which sees the return of the Red Arrows.

Aerobatic favourites the Red Arrows are making a return to the annual Airshow at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune, East Lothian for the first time in five years.

The popular RAF display team, which last attended the Airshow in 2007, will join an impressive line-up of entertainment both on the ground and in the air at the event, which takes place on Saturday, July 28.

Tickets for the Airshow are now on sale and Museum staff expect visitor numbers to exceed the 11,500 that attended last year’s event.

In addition to the Red Arrows in their British Aerospace Hawk aircraft, this year’s line-up so far includes a Royal Navy Sea King search and rescue helicopter, a Hawk T1 jet trainer, a King Air RAF trainer and a P51 Mustang as well as a 1941 Tiger Moth biplane, a 1945 Sea Fury aircraft and a Tucano T1 trainer.

There will also be exciting aerobatic displays from the RV8ters and the SWIP Team Twister Duo.

In a first for East Fortune, a 1941 Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 biplane will be part of the display as will a 1935 Avro Anson, an example of which can be seen on the ground in the Museum’s own collection.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display team will attend after a five-year absence, jumping from their Cessna Caravan aircraft and the Airshow will also feature an OH-6 military scout helicopter which was designed for use by the US Army in Vietnam.

On the ground, the event will have a host of entertainment, demonstrations and food and drink.

All of the National Museum of Flight’s hangars will be open for visitors to explore with highlights including supersonic icon Concorde.