Those magnificent men in their flying machines
It's a well-known fact Blackpool hosted the UK's first official air show, in 1909.
That was just six years after the Wright brothers achieved the first successful manned flight in an aeroplane.
And the air show took place in the same year Louis Bleriot made the first air crossing of the English Channel.
Doncaster apparently jumped the gun three days earlier, but Blackpool was the first to be recognised by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain.
Last week’s air show – the resort’s 108th – has been dubbed “the busiest ever” – with early figures suggesting more than 100,000 people turned out to watch the two-day aviation extravaganza in the skies over the Promenade.
Visitors and residents enjoyed an action-packed programme of displays, featuring the RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Breitling Wingwalkers and the world-famous Red Arrows headlining both days’ events.
The first Blackpool event took place just yards from the Gazette offices, off Squires Gate, and saw plane manufacturer A V Roe flying for the crowds.
The air show was the idea of Lord Northcliffe, the proprietor of the Daily Mail newspaper.
In August 1909, he wrote to Blackpool town hall to suggest the town put on air display.
Blackpool Corporation was enthusiastic about the idea and set the date for October 18, to 23, 1909.
With only seven weeks to finalise the show, the Ministry of Labour took the opportunity to employ more than 200 previously unemployed men, who worked day and night on the building of hangars and grandstands to ensure a superb event.
And so, the Blackpool air show was born.
The resort continued to be involved in air pageants, displays and aviation spectaculars over the years.