French Alpha solo display team jets into Scampton Air Show

A French Alpha Jet that will be taking to the skies and adding a further international flavour at the Scampton Air Show, to be held later this year.
A French Alpha Jet that will be taking to the skies and adding a further international flavour at the Scampton Air Show, to be held later this year.
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An exciting and exclusive addition has been announced to the international line-up at the new Scampton Air Show later this year.

For the French Alpha Jet solo display team has confirmed it will be taking to the skies above the Royal Air Force (RAF) station, which is the Lincolnshire home of the world-renowned aerobatic squad, the Red Arrows.

What’s more, it will be the only scheduled display appearance by the team in the UK this year, making it a unique opportunity for visitors to the two-day show, which is to take place over the weekend of September 9 and 10.

“The flying display at this year’s inaugural show is shaping up to be quite a spectacle,” enthused Paul Sall, who is the show’s director.

“To add the stunning Alpha Jet solo display is outstanding. It is sure to keep both families and jet enthusiasts happy.”

The striking Alpha jet, developed originally by French manufacturer Dassault-Breguet and West German firm Dornier, first flew in 1973. It is a twin-engine, advanced jet trainer and light-attack aircraft that has served with countries around the world, from Togo to Thailand.

The Alpha Jet remains in service with several air firms, and its biggest current operator is France. It is the mount of the Patrouille de France display team, which will be unveiling its daredevil skills on both days of the Scampton show.

The show, which is being staged in aid of the RAF Charitable Trust, is being promoted as a “diverse, family-friendly event that will emcompass an impressive five-hour flying display, complemented by an array of entertainment on the ground -- from a nostalgic Vintage Village to interactive and engaging science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) exhibits in a Techno Zone”.

It promises a unique mix of modern military jets and historic warbirds, and will give visitors the chance to meet aircrews from around the world.

RAF Scampton played key roles in both world wars and also the Cold War. First known as Home Defence Flight Station Brattleby, the airfield was opened in October 1916 and was home to many fighter aircraft in the First World War, including FE2bs and Sopwith Camels. It was renamed Scampton a year later.

The RAF Charitable Trust plays a key role in encouraging aviation-related education for youngsters and is well known for funding family days at RAF bases.

Tickets for the Scampton show cost £39, but U16s can get in free if accompanied by an adult.