‘Airbourne’ – Eastbourne International Airshow – 15 August 2014

The south coast seaside airshow at Eastbourne had the distinction of being the debut show for the two Lancasters, with the pair displaying on Thursday 14 August before making their way to Biggin Hill which was their planned operating base for the event (seeĀ https://avpicsphilwhalley.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/two-lancasters-arrive-at-biggin-hill-14-august-2014/). The period’s weather was mixed and caused a few minor issues with operations, and that of the 15th was mostly cloudy as can be seen from the images.

Some of the lighter aircraft operated from along the coast at Shoreham, including the RAF Tutor flown by Flt Lt Andy Preece who is seen in the morning having been present for the Shoreham Air Show’s media event before displaying at Eastbourne.

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The show programme included everything from warbirds and classic jets to current RAF aircraft, but it was the appearance of the two Lancasters which attracted record crowds for their debut, as they did at every other event they attended.

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Dassault Flamants at Eastbourne – 18 August 2013

An unusual and welcome addition to the ‘Airbourne’ show held at Eastbourne from the 14-18 August was a pair of Dassault Flamant aircraft operated by the Amicale des Avions Anciens d’Albert. They displayed with two variants of the twin-engine Flamant (Flamingo) – an MD311 (260/316-KT F-AZKT) navigation and bombing trainer, which first flew in 1952, and a transport and liaison MD312 version (12-XA F-AZGE) from 1951, both of which served with the Armee de l’Air.

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Their appearance at Eastbourne was the pair’s UK debut, and the first time that the type had visited the country for many years. Lead pilot at Eastbourne was Claude Mercier, with Thierry Kubiak as his number two. The group are based near Albert in northern France with the aircraft operated by a number of military and airline crews alongside a MS 506L Storch, a MS 733 Alcyon and a Nord 1101.

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Like a number of the participants the pair were based at Shoreham Airport along the south coast for the show, which suffered from mixed weather conditions leading to a number of alterations to the displays but was overall a great success.

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The Amicale des Avions Anciens d’Albert is a non profit making association created inĀ September 1998. Its purpose is to preserve, restore and operate vintage aircraft in air shows, parades and film work.

‘Airbourne’ – Eastbourne – 18 August 2013

Whilst the airshow itself takes place along the seafront of Eastbourne town, the heights of Beachyhead are a popular location to view some of the aircraft arriving, holding and departing. The following are a few images from the Sunday of the four day show.

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