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  1. Updates from this year's Bournemouth Air Festival
  2. Red Arrows set to fly on each day of the four-day event
  3. Site opened at 10am with first flight due at about 1.30pm - night displays starts at about 8.20pm

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

That's all from BBC Dorset today. The night displays are due to start at 20:20 BST this evening, but we'll be back at 10:00 tomorrow for day two of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Thanks for joining us!

Bournemouth loves the Air Festival

The Red Arrows drew a massive heart in the sky over Bournemouth during their display earlier.

We're sure they'll get a lot of love back from the huge crowds below.

Heart in the sky over Bournemouth

Delays in New Forest

BBC Travel

There are delays on the A31 this evening, near Ringwood.

Not an uncommon thing, but the huge number of people either leaving Bournemouth or heading down for the night displays will surely want to be aware.

More Red Arrows photos

More photos of the Red Arrows from earlier this afternoon.

The @rafredarrows arrive in #Boscombe for the #bmthairfest 2016
The @rafredarrows arrive in #Boscombe for the #bmthairfest 2016
The @rafredarrows arrive in #Boscombe for the #bmthairfest 2016
The @rafredarrows arrive in #Boscombe for the #bmthairfest 2016

The @rafredarrows arrive in #Boscombe for the #bmthairfest 2016

Blades a cut above the rest

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team is made up of ex Red Arrows pilots. Between them they can perform more than 30 exhilarating manoeuvres.

They performed in their Extra EA 300 planes, specially designed for advanced aerobatic flying.

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team

Caught on camera

With the Red Arrows overhead, some people prefer to make sure they don't miss the spectacle by getting a shot through a camera.

People taking photographs on Bournemouth Beach

In fact, it seems like quite a lot of people prefer to try and capture the moment for posterity.

Dramatic finish from the Red Arrows

Quite the crescendo from the Red Arrows.

The final move of the Red Arrows on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival

Red Arrows wow the crowds

The Red Arrows perform above the crowds gathered on Bournemouth Beach.

The RAF Red Arrows put on a display at the 2016 Bournemouth Air Festival

Red Arrows spectacular

The RAF Red Arrows are currently putting on the first of their displays for the Air Festival - and the crowds are loving it.

Apollo! #redarrows #bmthairfest #castlecameras

Apollo! #redarrows #bmthairfest #castlecameras

They've arrived! #redarrows #bmthairfest #castlecameras

They've arrived! #redarrows #bmthairfest #castlecameras

Jon Egging

Tributes are planned to mark the fifth anniversary of a Red Arrows pilot who died when his jet plane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Read more

Keep Bournemouth clean and tidy

If you're at the #bmthairfest make sure you help keep our town clean by either binning or taking your rubbish home with you #LoveBournemouth

Dramatic RAF images up for award

Elsewhere on the BBC News site today, we have a collection of pictures from the 2016 RAF Photographic Competition.

The images have been shortlisted for a public vote.

Two F-35B jets over the east coast of England.
SAC Tim Laurence
SAC Tim Laurence's picture of two F-35B jets over the east coast of England is one of those shortlisted

PLANE Safe advice from police

Dorset Police are giving advice on how to stay safe in the big crowds at the Air Festival.

#LatestNews - Dorset Police issues 'plane' and simple advice for @BmthAirFest Read more:

#LatestNews - Dorset Police issues 'plane' and simple advice for @BmthAirFest Read more:

Beach hut for the day

The Avenell family from Reading have hired a beach hut for the day to guarantee a great view of the flying displays.

"It's an amazing atmosphere", says Wendy.

Avenell family

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

It's all eyes to the sky for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, perform at air shows each year in tribute to those who took part in the 1939-45 conflict.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Plea to keep things clean

With huge numbers of people expected to be enjoying Bournemouth Beach today, everyone is being urged to do their bit to keep the seafront pristine so everyone can enjoy it.

@BBCRadioSolent Everyone have a great time at the Air Festival and please bin all your litter and help Bournemouth stay cleaner.

More delays on the roads

BBC Travel

On the A35 in Christchurch (Barrack Road), there are delays and no fuel available at The Grove junction.

More details on the BBC Dorset Travel service.

BreakingDawn's wing walk

And we're underway with fearless pensioner Dawn Goodson with an amazing feat of wing walking at the age of 85.

She was featured earlier in the Bournemouth Echo.

Dawn Goodson

Get to the chopper - for a test run

HMS Ranger's crew are being put through their paces with the final practice runs before this afternoon's displays begin.

#RN #bmthairfest practice runs!!! @hmssmiter #Poole #Bournemouth
#RN #bmthairfest practice runs!!! @hmssmiter #Poole #Bournemouth
#RN #bmthairfest practice runs!!! @hmssmiter #Poole #Bournemouth

#RN #bmthairfest practice runs!!! @hmssmiter #Poole #Bournemouth

Weather Forecast

 It'll be a cloudy start across the region, with perhaps a few spots of light rain for some. Through the afternoon some sunny spells will develop, the best of these towards the south coast.  

There will be a high of 21°C today, and the afternoon is going to be cloudy with the odd bit of sunshine.

More details on BBC Dorset's weather page.

Four day weather forecast
Hour-by-hour weather forecast for Bournemouth
Weather forecast ahead of the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival

Crowds build for Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth beach is starting to fill up ahead of the start of flying.

The festival stretches for 1.5 miles of beach between Boscombe and Bournemouth pier, and the East Overcliff also makes a great viewing site.

The sunshine we had earlier has gone, but visibility is good so we should be in for an entertaining afternoon.

Bournemouth Beach at the 2016 Air Festival

Send us your photos and video

If you capture something you think looks particularly good from today's Bournemouth Air Festival, be sure to send it to us.

You can either tweet us at @BBCDorset, upload it to our BBC Dorset Facebook page or email us at

All set for plane spotting

The Bishop family from Hampshire and Kent were down early to claim a prime viewing spot on Bournemouth beach.

They are regular visitors to the festival - they are most looking forward to seeing the Red Arrows and they managed to secure tickets to visit one of the Royal Navy ships moored out at sea.

Bishop family on beach

Bournemouth Air Festival in numbers

A few air festival facts and figures for you ...

  • There have been more than 128 hours of displays since the Bournemouth Air Festival was first staged in 2008.
  • 1,000kg of chips, 15,000 whippy ice creams and 2,000 burgers were sold in the seafront outlets at last year's festival.
  • More than 10 million people have attended the air festival since 2008.

Marines ready for Bournemouth Air Festival Action

This is the ninth year we've been to Bournemouth and it gets better and better. It's a real highlight in the diary. We have a week of training on board the ships as well as the beach assaults which the public see. It's fantastic that we get to engage with the public we serve -

Lt Col Cliff DareRoyal Marines
Lt Col Cliff Dare
Lt Col Cliff Dare

Red Arrows set for Bournemouth Air Festival

The RAF's aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows are the most eagerly anticipated attraction at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Weather-permitting, the Red Arrows are set to perform over Bournemouth seafront at 15:45 BST each day of the festival. 

Red Arrows

Buses running late in Bournemouth

Yellow buses in Bournemouth are reporting delays on a number of their services.

We apologise for the delays which are inevitable during events of this scale, we will be putting in additional resource wherever possible but the delays will get longer through the day despite our best efforts.

Yellow Buses

They have posted an up-to-date list of the latest delays on their Facebook page.

The Royal Marines drop in to the Bournemouth Air Festival

Royal Marine commandos displayed their abseiling skills at the launch of this year's air festival.

The marines will also be staging their popular beach assault displays throughout the festival.

Royal Marines

Delays in Boscombe

BBC Travel

Christchurch Road (A35) in Boscombe is slow at the moment, due to people trying to get to the Air Festival.

More on BBC Dorset Travel.

Bournemouth Air Festival

All the action happens along the 1.5 mile-long (2km) site, located between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers with crowds lining the seafront and packing the beaches for the best views.

More than a million people attend the festival each year and, according to the Bournemouth Borough Council, it brings more than £25m into the local economy. 

This year there are more than 15 display teams and 40 aircraft supported by more than 55 ground crew.

Red Arrows over Bournemouth
Bournemouth Tourism

Red Arrow Display Times

.@RAFRed10 tells us Thu 18 Aug: Dep Exeter Airport 1249 Arr Bournemouth 1300 Dep BMouth 1534 Display @BmthAirFest 1545 Arr BMouth 1616

Bournemouth Air Festival: Getting there and away

Parking is not allowed on East Overcliff, Grove Road, or Manor Road and roads in Boscombe and Southbourne are expected to get very busy. 

The westbound A35 from Christchurch is also expected to be particularly busy. 

There are park and ride services available from Kings Park, Redhill Park and the Littledown Centre - £10 per car. 

Bournemouth Train Station is about a 20 minute walk from the seafront.

Click on BBC Travel for the latest news on any delays in and around Bournemouth.

Air festival tributes to Red Arrows' Flt Lt Jon Egging

Jon Egging

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the death of Red Arrows Pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, who was killed when his aircraft crashed into a field near Bournemouth Airport on 20 August after taking part in a display at the air festival.

A ribbon tying event is due to take place on Saturday at the Jon Eggin Memorial at Bournemouth's East Overcliff.

The charity set up in his name aims to help disadvantaged young people through engagement programmes.

Hard to believe it's now five years; in some ways it feels like yesterday, and in others, much longer because of how much the Trust has achieved. I only wish Jon could be here to see what has been realised in his name - he would absolutely love it and be so proud.

Dawn EggingMother of Red Arrows Pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging

Bournemouth Air Festival weather

This is what you can expect today and tomorrow if you are heading down to the festival.

Weather forecast ahead of the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival

I saw three ships...

Okay, there are actually four there, but one is very, very far away.

The battleships lined up on this glorious morning! #bmthairfest #Bournemouth #sunshine

The battleships lined up on this glorious morning! #bmthairfest #Bournemouth #sunshine

Roads getting busy heading to Bournemouth Air Festival

Roads heading into Bournemouth are getting busy. The westbound M27 in Hampshire is seeing congestion at Cadnam (J1) and the A31 is busy between Ferndown and Wimborne Minster.

See BBC Dorset Travel for the latest on the roads.

The BBC Travel service

Festival is 'Worth £31m'

This is the ninth year Bournemouth Air Festival has been staged and it has grown into one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe.

The borough council says it generates up to £31 million for the local economy.

Changes to air show regulations following the Shoreham crash last year mean that air displays are now held further out to sea.

It's incredible the numbers of people we get - they never seem to lose their enthusiasm. The displays are slightly further out to sea but people will still get a wonderful grandstand view"

Mark SmithDirector of Tourism, Bournemouth Borough Council
Mark Smith