Coming Up This Summer: The Blackpool Air Show 2018

It’s not long now until one of Blackpool’s most anticipated FREE Summer events. Yes, that’s right. In just a few weeks, it will be the weekend of the Blackpool Air Show! This is an event that the BPL Bible looks forward to every year and it never disappoints!

Crowds line the promenade at the Blackpool Air Show 2017

A Well Established and Well Organised Event

Blackpool has a long history of air shows and this is one of the oldest air shows of its kind. The first annual air show was hosted in Blackpool in 1909 and most of the aircraft use Blackpool Airport as a base for the day. We have Blackpool Council to thank for organising this wonderful and completely free and family friendly event, which attracts thousands of people both locally and from further afield.  Once the schedule is published, you can almost set your watch to it as the event is so well managed.  Unfortunately, adverse weather can prove problematic for the air show and that can mean that one or two of the scheduled flights has to be cancelled, but even in harsh weather conditions, the event organisers do their best to ensure that the event goes ahead as long as it is safe enough to do so.

When is the Blackpool Air Show This year?

This year, it will be held on 11th Aug and 12th Aug 2018. On both days, the air show will start at 12 noon and finish at 4:50pm. As always, this is a completely FREE event unlike many other air shows around the country that charge an entrance fee for the best viewing locations.

A variety of aircraft will be featured in the display like previous years.

Where Should You View the Display From?

The best place to view the air show will be on the Tower Headland opposite the Blackpool Tower. Many visitors find other great places to view the show though, enjoying a drink or food in the Blackpool sunshine that we are usually experiencing during August.

Scheduled Aircraft

So far, the full schedule for the weekend hasn’t been officially announced, but we know that the Red Arrows will feature in the display on Sunday, whilst the RAF Typhoon, BBMF Lancaster, spitfire and Hurricane and the Swordfish W5856 will all be in the show on both Saturday and Sunday.