Those magnificent men in their flying machines

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There was only the roar of aeroplane engines ripping across the skies over Blackpool yesterday – the storms which threatened to ground pilots and keep the crowds away held off until later in the day.

Undeterred by the weather forecast, tens of thousands of spectators filled the Promenade and Tower Festival Headland for the annual parading of some of the world’s most impressive aeroplanes.

Blackpool air show at the Tower Festival Headland'The Red Arrows

Blackpool air show at the Tower Festival Headland'The Red Arrows

And their optimism was rewarded. Opening the show were the Red Arrows, performing a breath-taking display and seeing off threatening rain clouds with their own plumes of red, white and blue smoke.

Just as jaw-dropping were the wing-walkers on the Breitling planes while the Typhoon, this year flying a routine 
that was mapped at BAE in Warton.But the Falcons, RR Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber, p51 Mustang and Vulcan were grounded for the day due to the poor weather conditions across the country. Nevertheless, it was a show enjoyed by young and old alike. Tourist Charlie Hill, 72, visiting from Largs in Scotland, said: “It was a wonderful show and a great atmosphere. We’re very glad it was still on, it was a little extra for our holiday.”

Amanda Pryce, 36, from Claremont, took her four children along. She said:”We bring the children every year, they love it.” Nineteen-year-olds Eamonn Reda and Maxwell Squire, from Fleetwood, were planning to return for the second show.

Mr Squire said: “The atmosphere was amazing when the Red Arrows were on, I think people were just in awe.”

The show continues today from 2pm.