Flight times for Clacton 150 anniversary flights revealed
The Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will grace the skies over Clacton on two days this summer as the town celebrates its 150th anniversary.
The timings of the flights are as follows:
Thursday 26 August
14:45 – 15:00 BBMF
15:15 – 15:45 Red Arrows
Friday 27 August
12:45 – 13:15 Red Arrows
13:30 – 13:45 BBMF
Those coming to watch the flights will be able to spread right along Clacton’s long coastline with wide beaches, promenades and grassed areas.
The Anniversary Flights are subject to the latest Government guidance on Covid-19 events.
Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC) – which runs Clacton Airshow and is organising the Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights – said the event would be a great boost to the town.
“This is an important year for Clacton, as the town marks 150 years since it was founded, and what better way to celebrate it than with two days of displays from the iconic Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
“The Clacton 150 Anniversary Flights will be a really feel-good event that residents of the town will be able to enjoy; we know it will also attract visitors to the town and hopefully give a financial boost to business owners and the whole tourism and hospitality sector as they get Back to Business post-Covid-19 as well.”
“People can also take the opportunity to enjoy everything else Clacton has to offer this summer, such as the Octopus Ahoy sculpture trail, the Clacton 150 heritage trail, and much more.”
World-famous, the RAF Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows team is made up of nine fast jet pilots, engineers and support staff with frontline, operational experience. As the public face of the RAF, the team assists with recruiting into the Service, contribute to defence diplomacy and support wider national interests by representing the United Kingdom and its industry.
Meanwhile the BBMF has been a regular visitor to the skies above the town and will include the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating the Second World War and on British State occasions, and the team commemorates the past of the RAF’s Air Combat Power, Lest We Forget.