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Prepare for sky-high thrills and ground-level delights: Wales Airshow returns with unforgettable spectacles and family fun!

GET ready for an exhilarating weekend as the highly anticipated Wales Airshow returns to Swansea Bay (July 1-2). Packed with adrenaline-pumping aerial spectacles and ground-based entertainment, this year’s event, organized by Swansea Council, promises to be the largest and most exciting free-entry extravaganza in Wales.

Councillor Robert Francis-Davies, bursting with enthusiasm, exclaimed, “We can’t wait to welcome tens of thousands of people to this exceptional annual show!” He urged everyone to plan ahead to make the most of the action-packed weekend, assuring them that meticulous preparation would lead to maximum enjoyment. Expressing gratitude to those affected by temporary road changes implemented for everyone’s safety, he added, “We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of those whose daily routines may be altered due to the road changes. Your support is invaluable.”

Notably, Francis-Davies extended heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors and supporters who contribute to the event, allowing the Wales Airshow to remain a fantastic free experience for the public. “We are immensely grateful to all our sponsors and supporters for their unwavering commitment to keeping this event accessible to all,” he emphasized.

Now, let’s dive into the thrilling lineup that awaits you at the Wales Airshow. Prepare to have your breath taken away as the world-renowned Red Arrows grace the skies with their sensational aerobatics. Supported by DS Automobiles at FRF Motors Swansea, the Red Arrows are a must-see attraction. Mark your calendars for their dazzling displays scheduled at 5 pm on Saturday, July 1, and noon on Sunday, July 2.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there! Look up and be captivated by the return of the mighty RAF Typhoon, which will showcase its incredible power and maneuverability on both days of the airshow. On Sunday, the Typhoon will join forces with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster in a brand-new formation, commemorating the heroic 80th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. And that’s not all—the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also grace the skies on Saturday, offering a poignant tribute to history.

Prepare for an adrenaline rush as Team Raven takes center stage, consisting of six skilled pilots demonstrating jaw-dropping formation aerobatics in their self-built aircraft. Marvel at their precise maneuvers that will leave you in awe. But the excitement doesn’t end there—get ready for the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers, the world’s only formation wingwalking team. You’ll witness the daring spectacle of wingwalkers fearlessly performing captivating stunts high above the ground. And don’t miss The Jet Pitts, whose skilled bi-plane maneuvers will leave you on the edge of your seat. For a touch of Scandinavian flair, the Norwegian Vampire will showcase its flying expertise, providing a unique and thrilling experience.

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As you gaze at the skies, prepare to be transported back in time with the sight of a World War Two-era American fighter aircraft, the legendary Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. Feel the adrenaline surge as you witness the lightning-fast Strikemaster, reaching speeds of over 450mph. And keep your eyes peeled for the iconic Fairey Swordfish bi-plane, a true favorite at the Wales Airshow. Helicopter enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either, as the Westland Wasp makes an appearance, showcasing its impressive capabilities.

But the excitement doesn’t stop in the air! Engage in a world of ground-based wonders suitable for the whole family. Explore replicas of iconic aircraft like the Typhoon and Spitfire, where you can get up close and personal with these marvels of aviation history. Immerse yourself in interactive military displays that offer an intriguing glimpse into the world of armed forces. Treat your taste buds to an array of delectable food and drink stalls, ensuring you stay fueled for the day’s adventure. And as you wander through the lively atmosphere, live entertainment and a funfair will add to the festival vibes.

Don’t forget to indulge your inner speed enthusiast at the Motor Zone, a brand-new addition for this year’s airshow. Immerse yourself in a world of cars and motorbikes, with stands featuring impressive displays from airshow supporter Sinclair Group and other enthusiasts who share your passion.

To make your day as smooth as possible, we highly recommend planning ahead. Secure your spot in the pre-bookable dedicated car parking areas, offering convenience and guaranteed access to the heart of the airshow. With fees starting at £10, it’s a small price to pay for a hassle-free experience. And if you prefer hassle-free transportation, take advantage of the park and ride facilities at Bay Studios and the council’s Landore P&R site. Regular bus services will whisk you to the Civic Centre and back, ensuring seamless transportation throughout the event weekend.

But wait, there’s more! Thanks to official travel partners GWR and First Cymru, you can embark on an adventure to the Wales Airshow by train or bus. So, leave the car at home and let these reliable partners take care of your travel needs.

To enhance your experience, don’t forget to download the official Wales Airshow app. Packed with the ultimate guide to the airshow, the app provides access to the official timetable of displays, live updates, and fascinating aircraft bios. For just a one-time fee of £1.99, it’s a small investment to elevate your airshow experience. And if you’ve purchased the app before, you can re-download it for free.

Safety is a top priority at the Wales Airshow. Make sure to grab a free lost child wristband, sponsored by Dawsons, at various information points and from friendly staff at car parks and the police and fire service stands. These wristbands will help reunite lost children with their parents quickly. Just write your mobile number on the back and secure it on your child’s wrist—peace of mind at your fingertips.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as organizers are crossing their fingers for sunny skies. In case the sun graces us with its presence, remember to apply sun cream and stay hydrated. The airshow organizers are dedicated to reducing plastic waste and have set up three free water fill-up stations to quench your thirst sustainably.

Rest assured, your safety is in good hands. St John Ambulance personnel will be stationed at two First Aid points—one at the Civic Centre and another near the Cenotaph—to provide immediate assistance if needed. Throughout both days, St John Ambulance members will patrol the site, ensuring your well-being. And if you ever need assistance, friendly stewards will be readily available to lend a helping hand.

Lastly, let’s give a shout-out to the incredible sponsors and supporters who make the Wales Airshow possible. DS Automobiles at FRF Motors Swansea supports the appearance of the Red Arrows, while GWR and First Cymru are the airshow’s trusted travel partners. John Pye Auctions and Sinclair Group stand as loyal supporters of this grand event. And let’s not forget Gower College Swansea, the marquee sponsor, adding their touch of magic to the airshow.

So, mark your calendars, pack your excitement, and get ready for a weekend filled with thrills, memories, and the captivating wonders of the Wales Airshow. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

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