Strikemaster added to Torbay Airshow line-up

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(Last Updated On: April 15, 2016)

Torbay Airshow have announced another great addition to it’s flying line-up – the BAC 167 Strikemaster.

The BAC Strikemaster will be piloted by Mark Petrie, a former RAF pilot who also now flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with British Airways.

A British jet-powered training and light-attack aircraft, the Strikemaster is a development of the Hunting Jet Provost trainer, a jet engineered version of the Percival Provost, which originally flew in 1950 with a radial piston engine.

The 3 day event is being held from Friday 10th June until Sunday 12th June. There will be activities on the ground as well as an amazing military and civilian flying programme.

The military aircraft flying programme for the weekend includes the world’s premier aerobatic team The Red Arrows, as well as the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, King Air B200, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft – the Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster and The Spitfire as well as The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, the flagship team for the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

Visitors to the airshow will also be able to see The Blades aerobatic display team. Made up entirely of former RAF Red Arrows pilots, the team is renowned worldwide for flying close formation aerobatics in a dynamic and cutting edge display – they currently hold a world record in formation looping.

A brand new aerobatic team with pyrotechnic formation flying team AeroSPARX. AeroSPARX, unique in airshow circles as it has special clearance to fly at night with pyrotechnics will also be taking to the skies.

The Gyro flying display, also known as a Gyrocopter or Gyroplane, can also be seen over the weekend. This unusual aircraft is great to watch and is described by the pilots as fun to fly. The rotor blades of the gyro are completely freewheeling in flight, being driven solely by the air going up through the rotor disk.

This year will be the first time Torbay has held an air show and over 150,000 visitors are expected to watch the action unfold over the weekend.

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