Bournemouth Air Festival 2011
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Pictures 1 & 2 - The Breitling Wingwalkers are the world's only formation wingwalking team. They show off their manoeuvres strapped to the wing of a biplane travelling at 150mph! At one remarkable point during the display, the girls leave the safety of their harness and sat on the leading edge of the wing, directly above the propeller.

Picture 4 - Sally B, the B-17 Flying Fortress, is the last remaining airworthy example of this iconic American aircraft in Europe. Sally B came into service in June 1945, a month after VE Day.  She was then converted into a training aircraft and is now flown as a memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.

Picture 5 - The De havilland Sea Vixen made a rare appearance at Bournemouth, tearing the sky apart with her ear-splitting twin Rolls Royce Avon engines. The versatile Vixen, originally built as a supersonic fighter, could carry all airborne weapons up to nuclear bombs as well as fulfilling the role of in-flight tanker.  Her home is at Bournemouth Airport where she is lovingly maintained by the same team that restored.

Picture 6 - The Blades are a relatively new display team formed in 2006. They have built a reputation as one of the hottest teams on the circuit.
Flying the Extra 300 LP, one of the leading high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world, they perform an array of tumbles and close formation manoeuvres. Two of The Blades pilots are former Red Arrows.

Pictures 3 & 7 - Pilots Peter Wells and Guy Westlake fly the SA1100 Silence Twister aircraft, which was specifically designed to withstand the extreme g-force exerted by their vigorous aerobatic manoeuvres.

Picture 8 - Bournemouth Beach over which the displays took place.
Bournemouth Air Festival 2011