The First Torbay Air Show


Wing walkers

There’s excitement in the air, quite literally, in anticipation of the first Torbay Air Show which will take place during the weekend of 10-12 June 2016. There’s a stunning line-up of events planned, both on the ground and in the air, including the fabulous Red Arrows, so this is guaranteed to be a great weekend with something for all the family to enjoy.

On the Ground

Paignton Green is the location for the Air Show Village, offering live music, a fun fair and bouncy castles, interactive exhibits, artisan food stands and many other stalls to browse around. On Saturday morning Britain’s armed forces, past and present will be honoured in a parade This is a chance to show support for the magnificent contribution played by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Led by the Exeter Pipe and Drum Band, the parade will set off from the area of Paignton harbour at 11.30am. They will then march along the sea front and past Paignton Pier.

Air Show Helicopter Rides


air show helicopter rides for panoramic vies of Torbay

An aerial view of Torquay Harbour

Have you ever wondered what Torbay looks like from the air. This weekend provides the opportunity to take 5 minute or 15 minute helicopter rides around the bay. As you climb to heights of around 1000 feet or more you’ll be able to marvel at some of the finest sights of the English Riviera. To find out more, or to pre-book tickets online, visit the Torbay Air Show website. And don’t forget to take your camera.

In The Air

Air displays are the real crowd-pleasers of any air show, and Torbay will be no exception. The line up includes:

The Tigers Parachute display team will appear at Torbey Air Show

The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team

  • The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team: watch as they drop into the arena, smoke trailing, flags flying, performing amazing formations in the air and under their parachutes.
  • Gyro Air Display: the flying display described as the flying windmill. Unusual to watch and apparently great fun to fly according to the pilots.
  • The Blades: full time civilian aerobatic display team made up entirely of former Red Arrows pilots. Renowned worldwide for close formation aerobatics to the highest level.
  • Breitling Wing Walkers: the world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team will perform a breath-taking routine of aerobatic manoeuvres and handstands, strapped to the top wings of Boeing Stearman biplanes.
  • Red Arrows: last but not least, the world’s premier aerobatic display team will perform their trademark combination of close formations and precision flying. The Red Arrows are the public face of the Royal Air Force and are fantastic ambassadors for the UK.

The magnificent Red Arrows

Other aircaft displays to keep you enthralled will feature the Eurofighter Typhoon Jet, the famous Avro Lancaster World War 2 bomber, the Supermarine Spitfire and its famous partner, the Hawker Hurricane, Strikemaster, Yakovlevs and the Twister Aerobatic Team.

Flying times for the air displays are :
Fri 10 June – after 9.00pm
Sat 11 June – 2.00-5.00pm
Sun 12 June – 2.00-5.00pm

The natural curve of Torbay from Torquay round to Paignton and Brixham creates a spectacular viewing area for the aerial displays, so you’re likely to find plenty of viewing locations around the Bay. I can particularly recommend the elevated sun terraces at TLH Leisure Resort as being an ideal vantage point, so if you are thinking of visiting the area for the weekend, why not take advantage of one of the latest special offers at the TLH Victoria or TLH Carlton Hotels and get a ringside seat.

views across torbay from TLH Leisure Resort

Views across Torbay from TLH

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