Portsmouth Air Festival officially gets off the ground

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PORTSMOUTH’S Air Festival has been officially launched.

Organisers revealed their dream yesterday at the Marriott Hotel in North Harbour, spelling out the early details for the event on Saturday, August 18. Seven hours of flying displays is set to wow crowds for free in Southsea next summer, as reported in The News yesterday.

The world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, the Breitling Wingwalkers, are lined up to star at the event, along with an old Royal Navy Sea Vixen and Spitfire jets.

Other planes and display teams which organisers hope to book soon are the Vulcan Bomber, Swordfish and French and Swiss aerobatic teams.

The RAF’s Red Arrows have been approached to put on a show if the planes are deemed safe to fly following two tragic incidents this summer.

Organisers revealed the day is set to end with a pop concert. They are meeting with the Civil Aviation Authority on Tuesday to discuss air space clearance for the festival.