NIGHT HARBOUR ENTERTAINMENT
|The Red Arrows display team provided something new for this year's show with an
amazing display of precision flying, producing stunning high-speed aerobatics over
|After flying straight for the thousands of people watching from the harbour the Arrows
split into a red white and blue fan.
|This is one not to try at home - even if you do have the right equipment. Two of
the Red Arrows fly on a death defying high speed collision course twisting away at the
very last second above Whitehaven harbour.
|To support the display in the air the RAF provided a host of attractions on the
harbourside. This inlcuded a harrier jump jet which people could sit in and a simulator
which gave some idea of what the Red Arrows' pilots experience in the air.
|Going back a little further in aviation history there was a WWII flypast by a
Lancaster bomber flanked by a Spitfire and a Hurricane. This was interestingly juxtoposed
with the modern American missile cruiser - USS Leyte Gulf - out in the bay. Later in the
afternoon another chance to see a vintage aircraft was provided by a Fairey Swordfish
which made several low level passes over the outer harbour.
|Another display of precision flying was provided by a Seaking helicopter that
simulated a rescue in the harbour and then lower a man on board the RNLI lifeboat from
Workington. Unfortunately, a repeat performance on the Sunday was cancelled when the
rescue team was called away on genuine rescue elsewhere.
FESTIVAL SHIPS NIGHT MUSIC
Whitehaven Maritime Festival 2003