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Bournemouth Air Festival 'attracts more than 800,000'

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Media captionThe pilot of Otto the Helicopter explains what it's like to fire off 1,000 fireworks during an air display

An estimated 812,000 people attended one of UK's biggest annual air festivals, organisers have said.

Aerobatic displays and vintage planes were on show at the 12th Bournemouth Air Festival, held over four days.

The usual Red Arrows performance was absent from this year's event, while the display team is on a nine-week tour of North America.

A large fire on the East Cliff on Thursday's opening day is being treated as a possible arson by police.

The festival said the planes generated 275 tonnes of carbon emissions which were offset by planting 275 trees in the area and by a £3,500 contribution to a project to protect the Amazonian rainforest.

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Image caption The Blades Aerobatic Display Team was among the performers
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Image caption Bournemouth Pier was a vantage point for a fly-past by an Avro Lancaster
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Image caption World War Two aircraft were among the vintage planes on show
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Image caption The British Army's Tigers Parachute Display Team landed on the beach
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Image caption An estimated 812,000 people attended the event
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Image caption A Saab Draken was among the aircraft making debuts in Bournemouth
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Image caption A cliff fire on the opening day is being treated as a possible arson

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