Show Report


Airbourne 2000

Eastbourne


Show details
Date(s) 17th - 20th August 2000
Weather Warm bright and sunny (Thu, Sat) Variable cloud (Fri, Sun). Dry throughout.
Highlights Rare appearance by an RAF Chinook and a spectacular demonstration by a Belgian Air Force F-16A
Report This event was marred by the tragic death of Ted Girdler, a former Red Arrows pilot who perished when the L-29 Delphin he was flying failed to pull out of a dive, disintegrating on impact as it hit the sea.

Out of respect and to assist the investigation, the flying was curtailed after the accident on the Friday of the show, resuming over the weekend. It appeared that all the performers were flying higher and possibly further away from the promenade too, no doubt as a consequence of the crash.

The show itself continues to grow each year and benefited from generous RAF participation including the Red Arrows, Falcons, BBMF, Tornado F3, Tornado GR1, Jaguar GR3, Harrier GR7, Nimrod MR2 and Tucano T1. In addition but unfortunately on the Friday only, it was pleasing to see a Chinook HC2 that has not been on the display circuit for some time.

Overseas participation also grew, being supported by a USAF KC-135R, the Hungarian Aerotriga and returning again this year by popular demand, the Belgian F-16A which gave a stunning and very noisy demonstration above the sea with full afterburner engaged through most of the display. Currently, the Belgian F-16 display seems to be the best on the display circuit and when combined with the echo effect that the sea often provides, it is truly impressive.

This was an enjoyable and well-organised free display, which the organisers deserve credit for under difficult circumstances.

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Chinook

These days a display by an RAF Chinook is a rare occurance, so the demonstration by this HC2 on the Friday of the show was very welcome.

F-16A

After giving superb displays at last years event, the Belgian Air Force F-16A was back by popular demand and didn't disappoint the packed crowd on the promenade.

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