MAKING its annual return this weekend is the spectacular Dawlish Air Show. And taking to the skies for the first time in quite a while is the impressive Vulcan.
The volunteer team who organise the event have been fundraising hard to get the impressive aircraft back to the show. It will be taking to the skies above the seaside town on Saturday, August 24, along with a vast array of other aircraft.
"The Vulcan is a very popular plane and we are really lucky to have it back again," said volunteer Gareth Stringer. "It took a lot of hard fundraising but we have a lot of support from the businesses and traders in the town.
"The air show is put on by a small team of volunteers and we could not do it without all the support we receive."
This year's show takes place from Friday, August 23, but the main flying displays will be on the Saturday between 11.30am and 4.30am.
Popular as always will be the Red Arrows, but also taking to the skies throughout the day will the RV8tors, one of the UK's most popular and consistent display teams, making a debut at the show.
"You'll see plenty of aerobatics," said Gareth. "But you might not have been expecting some of it to be provided by a helicopter.
"Well, that's exactly what you'll see from the AAC's Lynx AH7 in what might be its final season of air shows before it is replaced by the new Wildcat battlefield helicopter."
Other flying displays include the Falcons Parachute Display Team, the RAF Typhoon and Tucano, and the Royal Navy Sea King. On the Friday there will be a family fun day on the Lawn in Dawlish with lots of entertainment for everyone.
This will include a life-size replica of a Spitfire and a flight simulator. The RAF Presentation Team will also be there to answer questions about the modern day Royal Air Force and the RAF Benevolent Fund will have a stall selling goods to raise funds for the charity. There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting, a tombola, zumba dancing, stunt bikes, food and drink stalls and live music. The Lawn entertainment will continue throughout Saturday. Also on the Friday night will be the popular Pilots' Party in the marquee on The Lawn, Dawlish, from 7pm.
"This is a great way to meet some of the pilots who are taking part in Saturday's air displays," said Gareth. "There will also be live music and a licensed bar. It is free to enter but we ask people to either enter the raffle or make a bid at the auction we will be holding as all the money raised during the night goes towards putting on next year's show.
"We need to raise as much money as possible to ensure that this great show continues."
On the Saturday there will be a Post-Show Party in the marquee from 5pm, with more live music and a disco.
For more details, visit www.dawlishairshow.co.uk