Wales

Rhyl Air Show treated to 'mind-blowing' typhoons

Eurofighter typhoons Image copyright Royal Air Force
Image caption Eurofighter typhoons were at the display

The RAF's Eurofighter Typhoon display team have made their debut at this weekend's Rhyl Air Show as the Red Arrows tour North America.

The Red Arrows' main display was cancelled last year because of bad weather and they are in New York.

The RAF have sent their £125m fighter jet to the two-day free festival in Rhyl to show off their "mind blowing display of speed, power and agility".

A Spitfire, Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber also featured.

They formed a "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" on Saturday, before the twin-engine typhoon display above on Rhyl Prominade.

The 1,550mph (2,495 km/h) jet from 29 Squadron, which entered service in 2003, is the showpiece of the festival, which starts at 13:00 BST on Saturday and Sunday.

Image caption Crowds gathered at the Rhyl Air Show
Image caption RAF planes flew over the crowds below

The army's first parachute display team, the Royal Logistic Corps' Silver Stars which dates back to 1963, opened the show on Saturday.

A Welsh aerobatic display team, flying five Van's RV8 aircraft called Team Raven and a RAF Tucano plane, completed the line-up.

"We will have one of only two flying Avro Lancasters in the world, which was actually built in north Wales at Hawarden and is a piece of local heritage," said display team flight director Peter Sinclair.

"For the RAF to allocate BBMF, including its iconic bomber, means that we can put on another very worthy show with a good military presence."

"The air show is a spectacular event," said former Rhyl mayor Win Mullen-James.

"This event certainly puts the town on the map, it's great for its reputation and a super opportunity to boost the local economy."

North Wales Police warned motorists traffic would be heavy along the A55 and in the Rhyl area.

Roads in the town centre were shut so Denbighshire council urged visitors to use public transport.

Trains between north Wales and London will be longer over the bank holiday weekend due to engineering work, while Virgin services will only run between Holyhead and Crewe.

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