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In pictures: Bournemouth Air Festival 2014

  • 2 September 2014
  • From the section Dorset

The 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival has been taking place off the Dorset coast.

The show, now in its seventh year, features fighter jets, display teams and vintage aircraft.

Organisers said visitor numbers over the four days exceeded one million, the highest in its history.

Only eight of the nine Red Arrows performed the displays on Saturday and Sunday as wife of Red Three pilot Fl Lt Joe Hourston went into labour.

The flying took place along the seafront, between Boscombe and Bournemouth piers, over four days.

Festival director Jon Weaver said: "We had planned and prepared for those sort of numbers."

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Displays by the last two airworthy Lancaster bombers from World War Two had to be cancelled after one suffered engine problems. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displays went ahead.

However, the the last remaining Avro Vulcan flew from Doncaster to perform an extra display on Sunday afternoon. The flight was made possible by a £17,000 donation from a local holiday park and The Vulcan to the Skies Trust.

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Performances continued on the ground with the the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and the RAF Central Band. There were also combat displays and lots of activities.

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The entertainment went on into the evening with Night Air, the night-time part of the festival with aircraft, parachute teams and fireworks. Live music performances included Rizzle Kicks and The Struts.

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