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Summary

  1. Updates from this year's Bournemouth Air Festival
  2. Red Arrows set to fly on each day of the four-day event
  3. Site opened at 10am but first flights have been delayed by weather conditions

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all from Bournemouth

That's all for today from the BBC at the Bournemouth Air Festival. Once again, the night displays will start around 20:20 BST tonight down at Bournemouth seafront.

Thanks for joining us!

Bournemouth 'a Red Arrows favourite'

Bournemouth is one of the Red Arrows favourite venues their commentator Red 10 has said. 

Following their display over the seafront they headed to Devon for a second performance of the day.

Red Arrows in Bournemouth
BBC
Red Arrows in Bournemouth
BBC

Your photos and video

We've been asking for you photos and video all day. Here's a selection of some we've received:

@BBCDorset #redarrows #RAFredarrows

@BBCDorset #redarrows #RAFredarrows

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Beach bathed in sunshine

As you can see, the Air Festival site has well and truly brightened up after hours of drizzle and cloud.

Bournemouth Beach
BBC

However, despite the earlier bad weather, plenty of people have made the journey to catch a glimpse of the air displays.

Bournemouth Beach from above
BBC

Taking it to the extreme

The Xtreme Air XA41 takes a second flight of the festival, have first flown yesterday.

Xtreme Air
BBC

The smoke you see "will do you no harm whatsoever" and is "completely environmentally friendly", the commentator said.

Vintage fly past

The Sally B, B-17 - which began operating in 1945 the last remaining one of its kind in Europe - provided a nostalgic wartime element to the festival and 1940s music was played through the outdoor speakers during its flight.

B17 Sally B
BBC

Red Arrows winning vantage point

It turns out the Red Arrows aren't just good at aerobatics as Sq Leader Mike Ling also has an eye for a photo opportunity. 

He's just won the Royal Airforce photography competition, coming first in the amateur military category.

Mind you he did have a good vantage point.

A lot of people don't get that opportunity. It was taken over ther beautiful blue Adriatic Sea in Greece. It's a great photo - even if I do say so myself."

So it turns out I'm an award winning 'amateur' photographer with this number! #chuffed raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-y…

So it turns out I'm an award winning 'amateur' photographer with this number! #chuffed raf.mod.uk/photo-of-the-y…

Video: Red Arrows impress the crowds

Finally, the Sun is out and the Red Arrows were able to make the most of the fact and impress the crowds below.

Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival on day two
Red Arrows paint the skies red, white and blue at Bournemouth Air Festival

Top flight

The Red Arrows begin their second display of the festival.

Red Arrows over Bournemouth
BBC

Out of hiding

Crowds are beginning to gather to watch the displays now the rain has cleared and the sun has, albeit temporarily, appeared.

Bournemouth Air Festival
BBC
Bournemouth Air Festival crowds
BBC

BreakingSaturday's Royal Navy vessel tours cancelled

Festival organisers have announced that tomorrow's tours of the Royal Navy Ships moored offshore have been cancelled.

Gale force winds and heavy rain is forcast for Saturday.

Police commissioner down at the festival

Dorset's police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill has been visiting the air festival and chatting to members of the public.

Martyn Underhill
Dorset PCC

Despite the wind....

Gusty and difficult conditions are "pushing the aircraft further into shore", commentators said of the Swiss Super Puma performance. 

They added the pilots had adjusted their display due to the low cloud.

Swiss Super Puma
BBC

Displays finally under way as skies clear

The Blackcats Display Team opens the air festival displays on Friday, following heavy downpours.

Blackcats Display Team
BBC

Good weather for surfers....

Like sitting in cotton wool

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

BBC South's Sue Paz has been down on the seafront at Bournemouth all day - and finally has some good news to report.

All day it's been like sitting in cotton wool but all of a sudden it's cleared and visibility is quite good. The sea is still quite choppy which is why the surfers are out making the most of it, but we can actually see now."

The sun's out @BmthAirFest @BBCDorset @BBCEngland @BHBeach @Bournemouthinfo Let's get the flying started!!

The sun's out @BmthAirFest @BBCDorset @BBCEngland @BHBeach @Bournemouthinfo Let's get the flying started!!

The sun has got his hat on?

The rain has stopped and the skies are brightening in Bournemouth... just the planes to get off the ground now.

Bournemouth seafront
BBC

Red, white and blue skies over Bournemouth

Matthew Pinner sent us this great shot showing the incredible precision of the Red Arrows in action yesterday afternoon.

The Red Arrows
Matthew Pinner

'Sticking it out'

Despite the relentless rain, families have set up camp on the beach with picnics... and desperation... awaiting the air displays which are due to start at 15:00.

Mother and son, Lou and Scott Woodbridge
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Christine, Jacob, George and Melanie Cross (l-r)
BBC

Mother and son, Lou and Scott Woodbridge, from Mudeford, have covered themselves with a picnic blanket.

Lou said she had "no idea" why they were still braving it, while Scott said he was "still hoping something would fly".

Meanwhile, sheltering under umbrellas, the Cross family, from Nottingham, first came to the festival last year.

Melanie Cross, who was with her mother Christine and nephews 14-year-old Jacob and 17-year-old George, said: "We enjoyed it so much last year we're just going to stick it out and see what happens."

Royal Navy gymnast champ among the festival team

Lt Jamie Weller, who is part of the mobile news team at the Bournemouth Air Festival, set up the first Royal Navy gymnastics team.

He's now the British Veterans Gymnastics Champion and last weekend his team won two national team titles and five individual titles at an event in Shropshire.

Lt Jamie Weller performing on the rings
Jamie Weller

I set the team up from scratch four years ago so this is a great achievement. I won two of the individual titles in trampoline and in the six-piece, which includes the rings and the high bar.

Weather: More heavy showers later I'm afraid

There will be a drier interlude in Bournemouth but strengthening winds this afternoon will bring some heavy showers.

The winds will become especially strong on the coast.

It's not looking much better for Saturday either...

Weather forecast for Friday 19 August

Send us your photos

Lin Brennan sent us this photo of the Red Arrows from yesterday, taken from West Cliff Promenade, Alum Chine.

Red Arrows as seen from Alum Chine
Lin Brennan

From the scene: Damp yet undeterred

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

"Despite the drizzle and grey skies people don't appear to have been put off by the weather, with the prospect of a brighter afternoon.

"Due to the poor start there have been changes to the original timetable.

"The air displays are now due to start at 15:00, with the Red Arrows set to wow the audience from 15:45, and the RAF Typhoon Display Team expected to perform a special dusk display just after 20:00.

"In the meantime, the many food, craft and information stalls along the prom appear to be benefiting as people look for shelter from the damp."

Bournemouth seafront during the air show 2016
BBC

Caught on camera

Yesterday's performance by the RAF Red Arrows over Bournemouth provided many photo and video opportunities for visitors and residents.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

The aerobatic display team are expected to perform each day during the festival at 15:45.

This year there are more than 15 display teams and 40 aircraft supported by more than 55 ground crew. 

Other highlights include the Swiss Air Force Super Puma Team, RAF Typhoon, Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team, Tigers Parachute Display Team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. 

Floating hospital one of four Royal Navy ships off shore

Lt Jamie Weller, from the Royal Navy's mobile news team, said the four ships anchored off the seafront during the festival aim to give people an insight into what normally happens miles away from land.

Naval ships off Bournemouth
BBC

"People never normally get to see them as they're in the middle of the ocean," he said. The four ships are HMS Monmouth, RFA Argus, HMS Tyne and HMS Grimsby. "RFA Argus is a casualty ship with a 100-bed hospital onboard. "Most recently it spent time in Sierra Leone."

Parachuting first for air show

For the first time in the history of Bournemouth Air Festival a parachutist wore a head camera and the images were relayed live to a big screen on the seafront.

Cpl Frank Millerick, of the Tigers Parachute Display Team, said the images, shown during yesterday's performance, allowed members of the public to "feel part of the action".

Image from parachute head-worn camera at Bournemouth Air Festival
Tigers Parachute Display Team

It's a massive advantage to members of the public to see exactly what we do and makes them feel part of the action. As well as the free fall, they also get to see the inside of the aircraft. It gives them a connection.

Frank MillerickTigers Parachute Display Team

Red Arrows and the Jon Egging tribute

Tony Reynolds from Poole has sent us this image he took of the Red Arrows during their performance yesterday, as they flypast the tribute to Jon Egging, the Red Arrows pilot who died at the Bournemouth Air Festival five years ago.

Tony described the moment as: "A bit poignant, sad, beautiful."

The Red Arrows fly past the tribute to Jon Egging
Tony Reynolds

Red, white and blue

Weapons technician Thomas Hammond-Haley, from Weymouth, is responsible for the smoke the Red Arrows emit when they fly.

Red Arrows over Bournemouth
BBC

The majority of the smoke is white during a performance - which is diesel. The red and blue are a mixture of pure dye and diesel. Each colour is released from a separate button on the control panel. They don't need to run the smoke for too long though when they're zipping along the seafront.

Thomas Hammond-HaleyRed Arrows
Thomas Hammond-Haley
BBC

Weather looking up?

Could things be about to get better, weather-wise?

It's brightening up!!!! @BmthAirFest @BBCDorset @BBCEngland @BHBeach @Bournemouthecho @VisitBMTH @bournemouthbc

It's brightening up!!!! @BmthAirFest @BBCDorset @BBCEngland @BHBeach @Bournemouthecho @VisitBMTH @bournemouthbc

Weather: Strong winds warning

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This morning's rain will clear north-eastwards to give a drier and brighter interlude but with strengthening winds. 

BBC Weather chart for Bournemouth on Friday 19 August 2016
BBC

This afternoon will bring some heavy and blustery showers, and winds will become especially strong along the coast. Highs of 22C (72 F).

Winds will continue to increase overnight perhaps reaching gale force which could cause problems at Bournemouth Air Festival.

Plus, the strongest winds are likely to coincide with a high tide which could result in large waves.

For a full 10-day forecast visit the BBC Weather site.

Red Arrows are 'weather watching'

Squadron Leader Mike Ling, of the Red Arrows, said the team had been watching the local weather forecast regularly to see if the rain and strong winds expected later would affect their performance.

Mike Ling
BBC

A decision on whether or not we will fly will not be made until the last minute. We might even get into the craft or even get airborne before a decision is made. We take each day as it comes. The weather is so changeable, it's difficult to predict.

Squadron Leader Mike LingRed Arrows

Fallen tree blocks road

BBC Travel

A fallen tree is blocking Moore Avenue in Bournemouth near to the junction with Springwater Road.

More on BBC Dorset's travel service.

Wingwalking pensioner wows Bournemouth

It's not everyday a pensioner puts on a wingwalking display at an air festival

BreakingFlying delayed due to weather

Bad news we're afraid - the day's flying has been pushed back by an hour, and will start at 15:00 rather than 14:00, thanks to the less than spectacular weather down at Bournemouth today.

Here's the new programme of events:

Today's FlyPro for @BmthAirFest. We will aim to keep you updated if their are any changes #BringTheNoise

Today's FlyPro for @BmthAirFest. We will aim to keep you updated if their are any changes #BringTheNoise

Crash causes delays

BBC Travel

High Street North in Poole is blocked in both directions due to a crash at the George Roundabout.

If your route to the Air Festival takes you that way, you should find an alternative.

There are more details on BBC Dorset's travel service.

Relive the Red Arrows

Here's a couple of clips from the Red Arrows' display yesterday over Bournemouth. They'll be in the air again today at 15:45, weather permitting.

The RAF Red Arrows put on a display at the 2016 Bournemouth Air Festival
The final move of the Red Arrows on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival

Festival road closures and restrictions

BBC Travel

Travel restrictions map
Bournemouth Air Festival

There are travel restrictions and closures, for the duration of the festival, affecting the following roads:

  • Bath Road
  • Beacon Road
  • East Overcliff Drive
  • Exeter Crescent  
  • Exeter Road  
  • Gervis Road  
  • Grove Road  
  • Manor Road   
  • Meyrick Road  
  • Russell Cotes Road  
  • Sea Road   
  • St Michael’s Road  
  • West Hill Road   

See BBC Travel for the latest on the roads near you.  

Weather forecast for Bournemouth Air Festival day two

Here's the weather forecast for today from Bee Tucker.

The BBC South weather forecast on day two of the Bournemouth Air Festival

Sun nowhere to be seen in Bournemouth

It's not a great day weather-wise in Bournemouth...

The wind is picking up at #bournemouthairfestival @BBCDorset

The wind is picking up at #bournemouthairfestival @BBCDorset

Getting to Bournemouth Air Festival

Parking is prohibited on East Overcliff, Grove Road and Manor Road, and roads in Boscombe and Southbourne are expected to get very busy. 

Traffic on the westbound A35 from Christchurch is also expected to be particularly heavy. 

There are park and ride services available from Kings Park, Redhill Park and the Littledown Centre.

Bournemouth Train Station is about a 20 minute walk from the seafront.

Click on BBC Travel for the latest news on any delays in and around Bournemouth.