Busy sky for Yorkshire’s largest Armed Forces Day

Scarborough will host Yorkshire’s largest Armed Forces Day event on 29 June.

The sky above the south bay will be graced by the sights and sounds of a variety of aircraft representing generations old and new, including a Typhoon, Spitfire, Tucano and Calidus Autogyro.

The Tucano display team, from 72 Squadron based at RAF Linton on Ouse, will make their last visit to Scarborough before the Tucano is phased out of service in 2020, following three decades in RAF service. It will be the only public display by the aircraft in Yorkshire this year. The pilot will be Flight Lieutenant Liam Matthews.

An RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire is a regular visitor to Scarborough. Representing Yorkshire’s efforts during WW2, it is this year commemorating the 75th anniversary year of D-Day. It will be joined by the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 of 29 Squadron, also based at RAF Coningsby, which will be flown by Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson.

In addition to the RAF displays, there will be an appearance by the Calidus Autogyro, half helicopter and half aeroplane. The unusual aircraft will be piloted by Peter Davies.

Scarborough RNLI’s inshore and offshore lifeboats will mount a joint display. This was originally planned to involve the coastguard’s Sikorsky helicopter, which has stopped giving public displays.

Scarborough Council’s Armed Forces Day project officer, Rowena Marsden, described the event as “one of the biggest and most popular annual events on the Yorkshire coast. The breath-taking air displays are, for many spectators, the highlight of the day and this year’s line-up will be no exception.

“More information about the exciting range of land-based displays, parades and activities that make up the event will be made available in the coming weeks”.