Typhoon blows in to boost Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival
THE Eurofighter Typhoon will be among the aircraft entertaining crowds at this year's Lowestoft airshow, organisers revealed this week.
After a three-year absence, the fighter jet is set to return to the event on June 23/24.
The RAF recently announced that four of its Typhoons would be on standby to intercept any 'rogue' aircraft during the 2012 London Olympics, so organisers were delighted when they were told that one of the �125m jets had been allocated to both days of the show.
Since the Typhoon's last appearance in Lowestoft in 2008, the aircraft has had operational commitments which have included flying combat missions for the first time in Libya.
Typhoon display pilot, Squadron Leader Scott Loughran, who is based at RAF Leuchars in Scotland, will have a busy weekend on June 23-24.
On the Saturday, he will give displays at Lowestoft and at RAF Marham Families Day and on the Sunday he will give another display at Lowestoft before flying to the Armed Forces Day at Cleethorpes.
Paul Bayfield, managing director of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, said: 'When the supersonic Typhoon was last at Lowestoft in 2008, the many thousands of people lining the promenade and beach were spellbound by its awesome display and we are really excited that we will have it in our programme this year.
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'I'm confident the line-up of aerial displays put together by our new flying display director Tim Miller will be second to none. With aircraft ranging from the historic to the spectacular, there should be something for everyone.'
Mr Bayfield added: 'I 'm particularly pleased that the new seven-aircraft formation of the Red Arrows, the world's premier aerobatic team, will be here for both days. It is also great to be able to welcome back the B17-Sally B, the crowd pleasing Wing Walkers and the breathtaking Red Bull Matador aerobatic team.' Full details of all aircraft taking part in the show and their scheduled appearance times will be available on both days of the event in its new-look programme. Mr Bayfield said: 'The expectation is that all our visitors coming to see this fantastic airshow will be happy to pay a �3 fee per person and in return will be given a 60-page programme packed with information but also including more than �150-worth of money saving vouchers inside!'
Other RAF displays will include the Battle of Britain Memorial flight and a Tornado. The Falcons free-fall parachute team will also be taking part for the first time in many years.