28 Aug Clacton Airshow thrills more than 100,000 airshow fans
A rich variety of colourful flight displays thrilled more than 100,000 fans who packed the beaches and seafront for the first day of the Clacton Airshow last week.
From modern jets to vintage aircraft there was something to excite all ages as eyes turned skywards to take in the action over the sea.
It was the 27th year of the airshow which continues to go from strength to strength -with a bigger programme than ever before.
The crowds secured every possible vantage point as a heavy shower cleared away to reveal blue skies and sunshine just as the Tigers Army Parachute Team got things underway around 2pm.
The speed and noise levels were quickly cranked up a notch or two as the RAF Typhoon returned to Clacton after being unavailable last year – and it was well worth the wait. No sooner than the sand had settled, the ever popular Red Arrows were twisting and turning their way through their amazing display which never fails to take the breath away.
The show – which commemorated 100 years since the end of the First World War and the formation of the RAF – lived up to its billing with 13 displays during the afternoon.
This included the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with a Spitfire and a Hurricane performing their own brand of manoeuvres in the air.