Text: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Serge van Oosterzee
İ sbap 2019
   
In 2019, the Eastbourne seaside airshow was in its 27th edition. The desire to cross the English Channel and rediscover the atmosphere of this seaside resort in the South of England was very present and a team was sent to attend three days of airshow out of the four planned by the organizers. Once we arrived on Thursday, we were able to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of this place, but also the warm and smiling welcome of the Eastbourne Borough Council media team.
Before the show, Thursday was dedicated to immortalize the atmosphere and the "oh so British" places of this small seaside town before moving on to the afternoon demonstrations. Thursday and Friday saw only a part of the demonstrations but it was under a radiant sun and blue sky that we were able to capture some of "those magnificent men in their flying machines".
Alas for Friday and Saturday, the weather was not so summery anymore and the public had to do with a grey sky and cover up warmly. But the demonstrations took place quite normally, with a nice clearing on Saturday in the late afternoon. Of course, the weather remains one of the uncontrollable hazards for the organizers, the participants and photographers. But let's leave the meteorological philosophy behind and not sulk the pleasure of the given displays.
One team was missing the party, as the prestigious "Red Arrows" were on tour on the other side of the Atlantic and could not fill the skies of Easbourne with their tricoloured smoke. However, a renowned team from across the Channel picked up the slack for the closing ceremony, the "Breitling Jet Team", which was giving one of its last presentations in the colours of the Swiss sponsor.
 

The presentations were as usual a tasty mix of warbirds, jets from the golden 60's and 70's, civilian teams, parachutists and, of course, the Royal Air Force with different displays.
Let us start with the British Army "Tigers" team, who opened the festivities. But during one of the jumps, they had a serious fright with one of the skydivers having some difficulties with his parachute, but made up for it in extremis. More fear than harm and proof that his soldiers have an exceptional composure. Good show guys !
After the skydivers had landed, or rather ditching, it was the Royal Air Force's ultimate fighter that appeared on the horizon. Indeed, the Typhoon FGR4 flown by Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson of 29 Squadron from Coningsby, cracked up the sky of the resort in a demonstration as powerful as elegant. A real vortices festival in the slightly humid sky. Jets like we like them: racy and powerful.Then a pilot who probably hates (or does not know;-) straight and level flying. I named Richard Goodwin and his Pitts, who flew a display without any downtime shaking his aircraft whole over the sky. Exceptional pilot therefore, but above all really friendly, who plans to equip a Pitts with two micro jet turbines to give a little more thrust... When you see what he is capable of with his "normal" Pitts, you only can look forward to his displays with his modified airframe...Wait and see !

 
Then, an unlikely duo from Norway, the famous Mig-15UTI accompanied by a CT-133 Silver Star bearing the colours of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. A splendid duo offering completely opposite silhouettes. A delight for the eyes and a return to the period of my youth.
Followed by a quartet that we presented more over in our report on the Flying Legends 2019, namely the "Ultimate Team" with their Thunderbolt, Spitfire, Mustang and Búchon. The best-in-class of warbirds, of course, and a pleasure for the eyes and ears.
Back to the jet of yesteryear with the "Strikemaster" duet, the armed version of the well-known Jet Provost. An elegant and dynamic demonstration we never get tired of.
It was then the turn of an aircraft as discreet as mythical of the RAF, I named the Short Tucano presented by Lieutenant Matt Nightingale (Royal Navy) & Flight Lieutenant Liam Matthews (RAF). The Tucano was presented for the last year before its final withdrawal from the RAF. Bye Bye Tucano!
Back to the dark days of WWII with the presentation of the North American P-51D Mustang "Miss Helen". With its characteristic whistling sound, the Mustang remains a must in air shows, representing America at war and the sacrifices of US soldiers and pilots.
On to the Royal Air Force with heavy stuff; the demonstration of the Boeing Chinook HC Mk VI.
As much as this machine is bulky and seems to be a bit clumsy, the team offered a display of an incredible flexibility, a real ballet. One does not get tired of seeing this helicopter designed 60 years ago (first flight September 21, 1961).
Then the much awaited moment by the spectators, the demonstration of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) with the trio Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. In short, a Rolls Royce cascade for sensory pleasures.
The next demonstration was proposed by Andrew Foxley and Andy Usher, and what a demonstration it was... No thundering jets, no glorious warbirds, but simply a superb duo of Gazelles in the colours of the 2 FTS (Flying Training School) of the RAF for one and in the colours of the 705 NAS (Naval Air Squadron) "Sharks" of the Royal Navy for the other one. A splendid duet that offered a smooth demonstration, a superb ballet and all this overhead the North Sea waves. For my part one of the best of Airbourne 2019.
The helicopter duet was followed by another binomial, the "Fireflies" offering a very dynamic ballet with their Van's RV4s. They are the ones who usually light up the shows at dusk, missed for our team this time ...
Who has not succumbed to the charm of the nice ladies doing a kind of fitness dance on the upper wing of a Boeing Stearman. You will of course have recognized the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers with their superbly tuned and smoke-filled demonstration.
Another civilian team, the unavoidable "Blades", which offers a great dynamic mastered presentation. Let us not forget that the members of the team are former RAF members and, particularly, former "Red Arrows" pilots. In short, a team we love to see flying.
Back to 1944 with the Douglas C-47A Skytrain of the BBMF wearing the famous black and white historical stripes recalling the Normandy landings and the beginning of the end for the German oppressor. A way to pay tribute to the men of D-Day, who, for some, left their lives so that the new generations could live free. Message understood? Not so sure when we see all these great sick people running the world which, let us remember, is neither their property nor their monopoly!
This historical page was followed by another RAF training plane, the Tutor. Small and discreet, this plane, with its aerobatic capabilities, was masterfully flown by Flight Lieutenant Neil "Ski" Owczarkowski.
And as mentioned above, the finale was each day provided by Jacques Bothelin and his team, who after the 2019 season started looking for a sponsor or sponsors to continue the team's presentations, which are always greatly appreciated by the public.
As you can read, Eastbourne remains a pleasant airshow, offering a nice variety and above all must be a good place to live, even outside these four festive days.
This year, our team had to return home without being able to attend the closing displays and fireworks, but this is just part remitted.
Once again, the Sbap-team would like to warmly thank the whole media team for their welcome and their support during our stay, especially Tracey, our always privileged and smiling contact, and Matt, who always welcomes us with his heart and profound friendship. In short, a great team that we are very happy to know for a couple of years now.
 
 
Love from Eastbourne !
Back in a southern paradise
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
Where we dropped off our suitcases...
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to find back exotic gardens...
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rediscovering Victorian architecture ...
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vor the modern one...
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admire the the light and shadow game played by the sea and the sun...
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find vestiges of civil engineering...
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meet the Guardians of the Pier...
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looking at the man work against the forces of the sea...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
remain quiet  in front of the white cliffs of Beachy Head, an historical place of the Battle of Britain...
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
try to put the grey clouds in a cage..
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just watch the nature and the sea ...
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greet William Earl of Burlington, seventh Duke of Devonshire...
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without forgetting to appreciate a British Ale...
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or just enjoy the British family spirit...
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and why not an icre cream five flavour...
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be cold for the reckless...
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or the sportsman...
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discover some new watersports like the electrical surf...
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or simply the trditional one...
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feel very small facing the sea...
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give a look to the Eastbourne Royal Sovereign Light Tower...
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see the birds in their natural element...
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can't stop admiring the feathered flying machines...
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meet those who save lives...
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watch the boats in action...
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Ready for the show...
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splendid camouflage...
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constant monitoring...
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and a slow pass over humans...
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a little bit height to see the right side of the site...
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and also the left side...
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the always smiling Tracey...
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and the always kind hearted friend Matt...
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People is coming...
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to enjoy the atmosphere and the show...
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the big sand grandstand...
(Marc Arysİ)
Posing with dignity...have fun discreetly...before the ejection...
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part of the team at work...
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and in great difficulty...
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Withe the presence of the RAF...
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Team members in their elements
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That's a PR concept !
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Flt Sgn Tom Rogers (rear gunner) 27 ops on Lancaster (left)
Sqn Ldr George Dunn (pilot) 44 ops on Halifax & Mosquito (right)
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RAF welcomes you...
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meet the BBMF
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Discover the British Army jobs...
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Time for the great airshow...
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also on giant screens...
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one of the best places...
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SBAP team on duty just for you...Thanks Matt...
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Flying Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team
 
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In trouble...
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...in extremis thanks to his proficiency
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Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 display
Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson (29 Sqn)
 
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Richard Goodwin Pitts Special
 
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Norwegian Historic Squadron Mig-15UTI & Canadair CT-133 Silver Star
 
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The Ultimate Warbirds Team
 
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BAC Strikemaster pair display
 
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Royal Air Force Tucano T.1 display
Lieutnant Matt Nightingale (RN) & Flight Lieutenant Liam Mattheuws (RAF) (72 Sqn)
 
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North American P-51D "Miss Helen"
 
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Royal Air Force Chinook HAC.6 display
Squadron Leader Jon "JT" Turner - Flight Lieutenant Aaron Kerry
Sergeant James “Beggsy” Begg (Weapon Systems Operator) (18 Sqn)
 
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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Hawker Hurricane Mk II - Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb - Avro Lancaster B I
 
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The Gazelle Squadron Display Team
Andrew Foxley & Andy Usher
 
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The "Fireflies" display team
 
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AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers
 
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The "Blades" aerobatic team
 
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Douglas C-47A Dakota III "kwicherbichen" (BBMF)
 
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Royal Air Force Tutor T.1 display
Flight Lieutenant Neil "Ski" Owczarkowski (3 FTS)
 
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The "Breitling Jet Team"
 
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The end of the Swiss Chronograph sponsor...all the best to find out the new sponsor(s)
(Serge Van Heertumİ)
 

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