A British plane that was extensively used during the first two years of the Second World War will be taking part in the Wales Airshow this summer.
The Bristol Blenheim proudly sponsored by the Village hotel at Wales Airshow 2017, has been added to the line-up for the free event, which takes place in the skies above Swansea on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2.
Around 50 Blenheims supported the Dunkirk evacuation by harassing enemy forces in 1940.
Swansea Council is behind the Wales Airshow, with Swansea University on board as the event’s key sponsor.
Frances Jenkins, the council’s Strategic Manager for Marketing, Tourism and Events, said: “This is the first time ever that the Bristol Blenheim will participate in the Wales Airshow in Swansea.
“As well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the confirmation of this aircraft shows how determined we are to combine nostalgia with state-of-the-art aerobatic displays, helping ensure the event has something for everyone.
“The Wales Airshow is the best free event of its kind in the country. It’s important not just because it offers world class entertainment on local people’s doorsteps, but also because it attracts many thousands of visitors from across South Wales and further afield. This means more spending in the city’s shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and other businesses, which is great boost for the local economy.”
A dynamic timetable of display times for the Airshow will be fed into an Airshow App a few days before the event.
The App, which is now available, will be updated in real time to reflect changes in the event schedule and timings that may be caused by the weather and other factors.
Details of premium parking and park and ride for the Wales Airshow are also now available.
Other aircraft now confirmed for the Wales Airshow include the RAF Red Arrows, the RAF Typhoon display team, the RAF Chinook, the Tigers parachute display team and Gyro Air Displays.