The action-packed flying programme will take place over two full afternoons on Saturday and Sunday.
This year displays from the RAF will include the first display of the season from the world’s premier acrobatic team, the Red Arrows, as well as the Typhoon jet, the Chinook Display Team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft; the Hurricane Hawker, Avro Lancaster and Supermarine Spitfire.
In addition to those military craft we’ll also have the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, world aerobatic competitor Gerald Cooper in his Extreme XA41, the Gyro Display, the Raven Aerobatic team, the Strikemaster, the Piston Provost, former British Female Aerobatic Champion Lauren Richardson in the Pitts Special and the historic PBY5A Catalina.
With the main event village on Paignton Green, the Bay will provide a stunning natural amphitheatre for viewing the air displays.
Saturday 3 June
2pm – 3pm
The Tigers – Team Raven – Percival Provost – Strikemaster
3pm – 4pm
Red Arrows – Lauren Richardson /Pitts Special S1-S – Gerald Cooper/Xtreme XA41
4pm – 5pm
Autogyro – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – The Blades – Catalina – Typhoon FGR4
Sunday 4 June
2pm – 3pm
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Team Raven – Percival Provost – Strikemaster
3pm – 4pm
Red Arrows – Tigers – Catalina – Autogyro
4pm – 5pm
Lauren Richardson/Pitts Special S1-S – Gerald Cooper/Xtreme XA41 – The Blades – Chinook – Typhoon FGR4
All air displays are subject to change depending on weather conditions and operational commitments that could take the military displays elsewhere at short notice. To keep up to date on the latest information follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @torbayairshow.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
One of Torbay Airshow’s most popular displays, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is truly a sight to behold. The Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire are three of the most iconic aircraft of yesteryear and will take to the skies above Torbay, sharing six Rolls Royce Merlin engines, these legendary aircraft served a vital role in the Battle of Britain, one of the most pivotal conflicts of the Second World War.
Formed in 2014, the Raven’s use Van’s RV aircraft with a mix of RV4’s and RV8’s with a lightweight aluminium construction and 180hp Lycoming io-360 engines coupled to constant speed propellers for good power to weight ratio. The aircraft are all self funded and owned and run by each of their pilots respectively. The Team name ‘Raven’ came from a play on the letters ‘RV’ which you can see on the crest on the sides of the aircraft fuselages.
Formed over 20 years ago and made up of experienced parachutists from The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, The Tigers are one of the country’s top parachute display teams. Always a crowd pleaser, The Tigers freefall parachute display will see the team drop into the sea, with smoke trailing and flags flying while performing spectacular aerial formations both in the air and under parachute.
One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows Hawk T1 jets are instantly recognisable and have been entertaining crowds since the mid 60’s. Those distinctive gleaming red jets, combined with the pilots incredible ability to perform close formation and precise flying displays makes the Red Arrows a highlight of the show.
Equipped with the Rolls Royce Turbomeca Adour turbofan engines, the Red Arrows’ Hawk jets are capable of reaching a max speed of 622mph, producing over 5000lbs of thrust.
Designed as a basic trainer to replace the Percival Prentice in the 50’s, the Percival Provost T.1 first entered service with Queen’s University Air Squadron, Belfast, in 1956. Since then it has been moved to RAF Rufforth and Shawbury, before moving to the RAF Museum collection at Henlow in ’68. The Provost then spent a brief period at RAF Colerne before being sold into private hands and is now owned by a private group based at RNAS Yeovilton and has been regularly used over the last 15 years as an intermediate tailwheel trainer.
First flown in 1967, the BAC Strikemaster was initially marketed as a light attack or counter insurgency aircraft, however it has been most commonly used as an advanced trainer. Equipped with a Rolls Royce Viper 535 turbojet and capable of reaching 518mph, the Strikemaster was a development of the Hunting Jet Provost trainer, a jet engineered version of the Percival Provost.
It’s flying, but not as you know it! The Gyrocopter flying display is akin to a flying windmill or a sycamore seed gently floating to the ground. There is no mechanical flight involved here, the phenomenon of autorotation drives the RotoSport Calidus Gyrocopter; once airborne the rotor blades of the gyrocopter are completely freewheeling in flight, being driven solely by the air going up through the rotor disk.
Pitts Special / Lauren Richardson
Piloted by Lauren Richardson, one of the UK’s top aerobatic display pilots, the Pitts Special S1-S was first built in 1982 for the sole purpose of serious aerobatic performance. Equipped with a Lycoming IO-360 engine and a full inverted fuel and oil system, all 180 of the Pitts Special’s horses reaches the wooden Hercules propeller in all attitudes. A cleverly designed fuselage generated enough lift that the aircraft can quite happily fly along in the sideways knife edge position and can even fly upside down for an almost indefinite time.
Xtreme Air XA41 / Gerald Cooper
The Xtreme Air XA41’s carbon fibre construction gives it a superior power to weight ratio, making it perfectly equipped to handle the rigours of aerobatic flight. The aircraft’s Lycoming AE10 engine provides a hugely impressive power output and the aircraft is capable of a max cruise speed of 242mph and a manoeuvring speed of 200mph. Flown by Gerald Cooper, one of the world’s top 10 aerobatic pilots, his aggressive yet precise style of flying is a perfect match for this aircraft.
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4
A fighter plane so advanced it can’t be flown without the aid of computers; the Typhoon FGR4’s 2 Eurojet EJ200 turbojets can produce 20,000lbs of thrust each and the jet is capable of hitting a max speed of Mach 1.8, which is around 1,300mph.
Initially deployed in an air-to-air role, the Typhoon has since been developed into a potent and precise multi-role aircraft, with involvement in air policing, peace-keeping support and high intensity conflict roles. Typhoon pilots can carry out much of the aircrafts commands via voice control or hands-on stick and throttle system. Combined with an advanced cockpit and HEA (Helmet Equipment Assembly) the pilot is superbly equipped for all aspects of operations.
The historic PBY5A Catalina is an amphibious aircraft and one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. An American flying boat and amphibious aircraft, the Catalina was used heavily in operations throughout the 1930’s and 40’s. Produced by the organisation Consolidated Aircraft, the Catalina was one of the most widely used seaplanes of the Second World War and has served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces.
The Chinook Display Team
The Chinook is a truly spectacular feat of engineering; capable of carrying immense external loads equal to its own weight of 10 tonnes and able to complete manoeuvres that defy its sheer size and shape, this chopper makes for a spectacular sight and it’s supremely talented crew will certainly provide a jaw dropping display this year.
Recently crowned champions at the 1st World Formation Aerobatic Championships held in China, The Blades are a full-time civilian aerobatic display team based in the UK made up entirely of former RAF Red Arrows pilots. Renowned worldwide for flying close formation aerobatics to the highest level within a dynamic and cutting edge display, The Blades currently hold a world record in formation looping.