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Airshow Delight as Wartime Classics Confirmed

Aircraft will bring history to life at this summer's Wales Airshow

As part of the celebrations marking Swansea’s 50 years as a city, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will showcase three of just a handful of planes still in the air more than 70 years after their finest hours.

The Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster will make their mark at the Wales Airshow on July 6 and 7 in front of huge crowds.

The free event run by Swansea Council has already announced that the RAF Red Arrows will feature in the line-up.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is arguably the most historic and evocative flight display in British history.

“Without the planes, the pilots, the crews and the thousands working on the ground that supported our fighters and bombers, Britain’s story could have been very different.

“To see them in flight is to bring history to life and in the 50th anniversary year of our inauguration as a city we are proud to be hosting them here in Swansea.

“Combining with modern aircraft, cutting-edge aerobatic displays and ground-based entertainment, this display is among many that many thousands of spectators will enjoy in the skies above Swansea.

"The council is working on attracting many more exciting additions to the line-up in coming weeks - on the ground as well as in the air. There will be exciting displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes.

"Last year's Airshow saw record attendances and we're looking to make the 2019 show bigger with even more exciting air display teams and entertainment."

Figures show the Wales Airshow attracted 250,000 people last year and was estimated to be worth £9.7m to the local economy.

This summer marks the fifth consecutive year for the Wales Airshow in Swansea.

 

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