A special event to launch the Bournemouth Air Festival 2014 will take place later today at Bournemouth Pier. The Red Arrows, a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as well as an RAF Typhoon took to the sky during last year's event - and similar spectacular displays are expected this August.
The Cold War bomber the Vulcan will now be appearing at the Bournemouth Air Festival this weekend, thanks to fundraising efforts by members of Vulcan to the Sky.
The worlds last flying example of the aircraft was not originally appearing at the Air Show because of the £10,000 cost.
However, Bournemouth Aviation Museum members donated enough money to ensure the special aircraft could fly over Bournemouth.
Thousands of people will be heading to Bournemouth seafront over the next few days, not to lie on the beach but to stare at the sky. The annual Air Festival got underway today and Martin Dowse was there to see some of the spectacular performances.
The Red Arrows will be among some of the displays wowing visitors in Bournemouth over the next few days.
The town's annual Air Festival has begun, with performances from the RAF, the Royal Marines and the Army.
This years show will see the return of dusk air displays, with performances carrying on into the evening. The SWIP Team Twister Duo and the Red Devils will light up the night sky with their performances, finishing off with fireworks on Saturday evening.
The 2013 Bournemouth Air Festival has secured one of its most exciting sponsorship deals in its six year history.
This year's festival will see incredible land, sea and air displays that are enhanced by live music, entertainment and fireworks.
One of the UK's leading fibre optic infrastructure providers, CityFibre, is the UK's fastest Internet service provider have confirmed they will support the UK's largest aviation event.
– Greg Mesch, Chief Executive Officer at CityFibre
We are very proud to be sponsoring such as fantastic, popular and well regarded event. The decision to become involved in the Bournemouth Air Festival was an easy one to make. Investing in the Air Festival is another way that we can support the local community."
The world's last flying Vulcan will take to the skies at this year's Bournemouth Air Festival. Weather permitting, the iconic XH558 will make a long awaited return to the Festival.
The wife of Red Arrows pilot Flight Leiutenant John Egging who died when his plane crashed in Bournemouth last summer has met children who are helping design a memorial to him. Events are taking place at Bournemouth Pier this evening to celebrate the launch of this year's Air Festival.
Preparations begin today to launch this year's Bournemouth Air Festival which takes place in August. Meanwhile, children at Kinson Primary School in the town are working with artist Tim Ward to create a memorial to Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging who died during the airshow last year.