RAF Typhoon Roaring into Airshow

Photo: Viv Porteous

Jet flying in for weekend event

The RAF'S Typhoon Display Team is winging its way into Swansea this summer.

The display team has been confirmed for the Wales Airshow, which is taking place in the city on Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2.

Flying out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, Flight Lieutenant Ryan Lawton will pilot this year's Typhoon displays.

Figures show the Wales Airshow, organised by Swansea Council, is worth millions of pounds to the local economy, helping attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the seafront and other vantage points across the city.

Swansea University will be the event's main sponsor this year, with the Red Arrows having also confirmed their participation.

Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council's Strategic Manager for Culture, Tourism, Marketing and Events, said: "We're delighted to announce that yet another world class display team has confirmed they'll be taking part in this summer's Airshow, ensuring that we meet our objective of delivering an event that continues to meet people's expectations, year on year.

"As the council continues to work on the event's organisation behind the scenes, residents and visitors can expect more confirmations over coming weeks.

"As well as aerial displays, ground-based entertainment will also form part of the event, which is being held this summer for the third consecutive year."

With a maximum speed of over 1,300mph, the Typhoon can reach an altitude of 55,000 feet. Measuring close to 16 metres in length, the aircraft has a wing span of over 11 metres. 

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