Text: Serge Van Heertum - Translations: Marc Arys
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Pierre Taquet - Bruno Ghils
© sbap 2018
 

Mid-August always goes together with our annual visit to the seaside resort of Eastbourne and their airshow organized over four days.
As for numerous European cities, the United Kingdom also suffered from the heat wave this summer. Some British television channels even made their reports on the matter from this charming little city on the Southern coast, so typical with its Victorian architecture.
After weeks of high temperatures, the organizers feared a drastic change of the meteorological conditions... and unfortunately, it happened. The four days were quite mitigated. The Thursday show was kind of "compacted" towards the end of the afternoon, when the meteorological conditions somewhat brightened up a little.
Friday was the best day with clear skies and Saturday, first day of our stay, was predominant grey with a medium high ceiling, as you are to see in our photographic report.
And for the Sunday, this was a catastrophic day as the organizers were compelled to cancel most of the displays. For the second day of our report, we had to face the facts that the cloudy ceiling was way low and the wind blowing quite strong. The show was to start with the display of the "Red Arrows". The team took off from the Biggin Hill airfield, in the London area, but en route to Eastbourne, the team faced a wall of bad weather and the leader was forced to divert back to Biggin Hill. Weather in the UK was so bad that even the Silverstone Grand Prix (GP) motor race had to be cancelled. This was not very encouraging, but luckily the Southern coast was spared from the rain.
Only the Agusta A109BA, based at Shoreham, made some passes as did the BAC 167 Strikemaster. Finally the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers gave a complete show. But it was also the occasion to admire some other things, as you will see in our photographic report.
To the distress of the organizers, the Sunday airshow was an unintentional failure, but, hoping for a weather improvement, they had still the evening displays planned, the "FireFlies" and Otto the helicopter.
Unfortunately the weather did not improve and only Otto the helicopter made a pass, just to confirm the weather had deteriorated even more... leaving the firework display on Sunday evening, to the greatest joy of all the spectators present.
Despite these meteorological setbacks, the festive and homey mood was indeed present and it was a real pleasure to have crossed the Channel to meet again these highly sympathetic people and to be able to attend the demonstrations on Saturday, offering us a florilegium of warbirds, jets and aerobatic teams, civil and military as well !
To conclude, if I had to summarize this 2018 edition, I'll state the title of a book : " Fifty Shade of Grey". Indeed, this title summarizes the colour of this weekend, but without forgetting that the success of this book, as with every other good book, is turning the pages to live even more intensely the following pages...
The SBAP-team wishes to thank warmly the media team of the Eastbourne Council, Annie for her soft hearted kindness, Tracey for her support and her beautiful smile and Matt for his ever heartily and sympathetic welcome.
Time has now come to follow us and discover the unique atmosphere of the 2018 edition of the Eastbourne International Airshow... Here we go !

 
 Airbourne 2018... A unique atmosphere!
(Serge Van Heertum© - Pierre Taquet© - Bruno Ghils©)
  
Saturday Airshow
 
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The very shy sun of Saturday
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Great public success, sadly no flares as the helicopter was based on a civilian airfield   (Serge Van Heertum©)
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Sunday Airshow
 
Sadly, a very low ceiling and general bad weather in England forced the cancellation of most demonstrations. 
The Red Arrows had taken off from Biggin Hill, but they had to turn back
, facing a real wall of bad weather between their temporary base and Eastbourne.
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The Belgian Air Force Agusta A109BA did a couple of passes
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Same for the BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.82
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The AeroSuperBatics did their show...   (Serge Van Heertum©)
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This was another way to see some flying demonstrations and it was also interesting...   (Serge Van Heertum©)
The static display
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Fly past
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Low speed and gear down pass
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High speed pass
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Maritime patrol
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High rate turn
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360° turn
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Winglets equipped
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Worn by the wind
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SAR mission
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Swing-wing machine
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Fuselage close up
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Air brake open
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Short final
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Boosted atmosphere at the squadron bar
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Heu...No comment
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The pyrotechnic aerial demonstrations were also canceled.
Only OTTO the helicopter
did
a pass; but even for him, the visibility conditions were too bad.
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Sunday closing evening and fireworks
 
Eastbourne pier at night   (Serge Van Heertum©)
Walking in the night
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Eastbourne night and light
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Ready for the fireworks...
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...and why not a last collation
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Colours above the sea
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Almost like the milky way
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Low clouds make special effects
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Luminescent spaghetti
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Star powder
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Like Star Wars...
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Parma reflections
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Explosion of the black star?
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Monday morning...time to leave charming Eastbourne, but we will come back...   (Bruno Ghils©)

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