Hundreds of thousands attend Swansea Airshow
The 2019 Swansea Airshow has been called one of the best the city has seen after hundreds of thousands of visitors gathered on Swansea beach to watch the aerial displays and enjoy other activities. Swansea also recently celebrated its 50th anniversary since being named a city.
Robert Francis-Davies, the cabinet member for innovation, regeneration and tourism at Swansea Council said about the event:
“The real stars of the show, apart from those in the skies, were the hundreds of thousands of people who came to enjoy a day out or a weekend in Swansea. The family atmosphere they helped generate resulted in one of the best weekends the city has seen.”
In addition to familiar airshow elements such as a Battle of Britain memorial flight and displays from the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Red Arrows, this year’s events included an After Dark element on the Saturday evening. Visitors were treated to a nightglow display as hot air balloons were illuminated and the Fireflies aerobatic display team and the Tigers parachute display team put on performances. The night was then brought to a close with a fireworks display.
Other attractions at the airshow included police dog displays by the RAF, a flyby from a Chinook helicopter, live music, and face painting. Also popular with the crowd was the Team Raven display team, which flew of mix of Van’s RV-4 and RV-8 aircraft, which are built at home from kits. The team had even built two of the aircraft themselves.