Red Arrows set to wow crowds at Scottish Airshow

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The organisers of the Scottish Airshow have revealed a spectacular increase in the 2015 line-up, including an incredible display by the world-famous Red Arrows.

Last year’s airshow was an outstanding success, with more than 60,000 people attending two days at Ayr seafront and Glasgow Prestwick airport.

The 2015 event will be even bigger and better thanks to the line-up.

Danny Anderson, event organiser, said: “We have secured excellent backing from key sponsor, South Ayrshire Council as well as Glasgow Prestwick Airport and aerospace companies located around Prestwick. BAE Systems, Spirit AeroSystems and UTC have all showed faith in us again, which has allowed us to continue building the airshow. As we are expecting significant increases in attendance, we would like more Scottish Airshow sponsors and partners to join us in bringing huge benefits to the economy of Scotland.”

In 2015 we will be celebrating significant milestones – Spirit AeroSystems is 10 years old, with nine successful years established at Prestwick; The RAF will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain; BAE Systems will be celebrating the 80th year of Scottish Aviation Ltd – one of the companies which merged to form BAE; 819 Squadron will step down from their record-breaking role as the Northern Search and Rescue unit.

Danny continued: “On the morning of Saturday 5th September, we shall be starting off the day with a real bang when we are expecting all the armed forces to put on highly realistic events. There will be a mine hunter offshore which will then head into Ayr harbour, as a guest of Associated British Ports. Members of the public will be welcomed on board at no charge. The ship is a state of the art mine hunter with remotely piloted vehicle equipment used in her role of keeping the waters safe.

“The ground and air shows are all much bigger this year and still free to watch on the Saturday. The highlight of the flying programme has to be the full display of the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic team. The Royal Air Force has given the Scottish Airshow ‘platinum’ status which means it’s committing all its 2015 air display aircraft to Ayrshire.

“As well as the Red Arrows, we will see the RAF’s dynamic Typhoon fighter jet and the agility of the 3 Tutor aerobatic training aircraft. The commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be in the afternoon when the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane will all take to the skies above the Low Green in Ayr.”

This year will also see the addition of the RAF Falcons parachute team who will be demonstrating their skills with a landing at the Ayr seafront site.

And two RAF Hawk training jet pilots will demonstrate their superb flying skills along the Ayr beach front before landing at Prestwick airport.

On Sunday 6th September, the entertainment moves on to the Aircraft Exhibition at Glasgow Prestwick airport where adults can pay to enter for a full day’s family entertainment.