Night flights to thrill the crowds and illuminate skies at Clacton Airshow 2018

Crowds can expect to see impressive displays using pyrotechnics. Picture: PAUL JOHNSON/FLIGHTLINE UK

Crowds can expect to see impressive displays using pyrotechnics. Picture: PAUL JOHNSON/FLIGHTLINE UK - Credit: PAUL JOHNSON/FLIGHTLINE UK

Twilight flights are to illuminate the skies at this year’s Clacton Airshow – adding an extra dimension to the display.

Thousands of people are due to descend on Clacton for the annual airshow later this year. Picture: P

Thousands of people are due to descend on Clacton for the annual airshow later this year. Picture: PETER CUTTS/CITIZENSIDE - Credit: citizenside.com

Returning for a third year, the evening flights have grown in popularity and are set to draw bumper crowds to the event on August 23 and 24.

Among the acts taking centre stage are the Twister Aerobatic Team, who are due to perform a ballet in the air as pyrotechnics fire off in all directions.

Crowds will also be cheering on a swirling aerobatic display by the Fireflies, while Otto the helicopter – from O’Brien’s Flying Circus – will make use of special spinning rotors for more striking pyrotechnics.

Backed by businesses in Clacton, the twilight flights – taking place from 7.30pm-8.30pm on August 23 – are tipped to boost trade in the area.

Night flights are set to thrill the crowds at Clacton Airshow this year. Picture: PAUL JOHNSON/FLIGH

Night flights are set to thrill the crowds at Clacton Airshow this year. Picture: PAUL JOHNSON/FLIGHTLINE UK - Credit: PAUL JOHNSON/FLIGHTLINE UK


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Fireworks will launch from the end of Clacton Pier to officially round off the first day.

“While the daytime displays are breathtaking to watch, from the closeness of the passing aerobatic planes to the roar of the jets, the evening flights bring something magical to Clacton Airshow,” said Mick Skeels, Tendring District Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism.

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“The lights and pyrotechnics from the aircraft in the dusk sky, over our stunning coastline, are just wonderful to behold.

“As well as being spectacular, the timing encourages visitors to stay longer in Clacton and visit our cafes and restaurants – or even to stay the night – boosting our local economy further.

“Evening flights also offer something to residents who perhaps miss the main show because of work.

“So I’d really urge people to come and watch the twilight display even if they cannot make the daytime aspect of the airshow.”

The twilight flights join previously announced displays – including the Red Arrows and the crowd-pulling RAF Typhoon.

Details of even more attractions are set to be revealed by show bosses in the run-up to the event.

The Twisters will also fly during the day on Thursday, while the Fireflies are also taking to the air on Friday daytime.

Both will also feature in the twilight section.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality or trade space at Clacton Airshow 2018, contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686623.

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