Spectacular Wales National Air Show returns to Swansea in 2015


By Jason Evans,

IT’S back! The Wales National Air Show will be returning to the skies over Swansea Bay this summer, it has been confirmed.

The biennial spectacular attracts huge crowds to the city for two days of aerial thrills, with the likes of the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight stealing the show.

The last event — in 2013 — saw around 180,000 people attending, and was worth an estimated £8million to the local economy.

This year’s event will take place on the weekend of July 11 and July 12 — though there is no word yet on who will be taking part.

Swansea Council’s cabinet member for enterprise, development and regeneration, Robert Francis-Davies, welcomed the return of the show.

He said: “The return of the Wales National Air Show this summer is a huge boost for Swansea Bay.

“When it was last held here in 2013, it attracted over 180,000 visitors and generated more than £8 million for the local economy.

“Events of this nature also help put Swansea Bay on the map and encourage people to make return visits to the area in future.

“The Wales National Air Show gives Swansea residents a world class event right on their doorstep and also attracts people from across the rest of the UK and beyond who will spend their money in our local businesses.

“It’ll be one of the highlights of another varied and top quality events programme in Swansea Bay this year.”

He added that the programme for the weekend was still being finalised, and that details would be released as soon as possible.

Along with the world-famous Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Flight — which featured a Lancaster bomber, Hurricane and Spitfire roaring over the bay — the 2013 show featured a host of aerial performers including appearances from the RAF Typhoon display team, the Redbull Matador aerobatic team, Brietling Wingwalkers, the Tigers parachute team, and Royal Navy Wildcat and RAF SeaKing helicopters.

Ground displays on the promenade included a Red Arrow simulator ride and Hawk jet, a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight simulator ride, an Army assault course, inflatables, trade stands, cookery demos and a funfair.

Sourced by South Wales Evening Post

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