ORGANISERS of the Lake District's 11th annual air extravaganza, taking place on July 23 and 24, have revealed their display line-up.
The Windermere Air Festival kicks off on the Saturday with the breathtaking acrobatics of the Breitling Wing Walkers, performing a sequence of manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the team's Boeing Stearman biplanes.
First day visitors will also be treated to the RedHawks' air show act with a slow, gentle and graceful four-minute, three-dimensional aerial ballet performed to soothing music by a pair of 42 year-old, wooden, high-efficiency aeroplanes, designed by French musician, artist, ceramicist and sculptor Réné Fournier.
Another Saturday highlight will be the RAF Falcons parachute display team, now in their 50th year.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will grace the skies above Windermere on both days with special flights from the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber.
The RV8tors will be flying their remarkably fast Vans RV-8's with powerful smoke systems, performing an exciting and memorable display.
Combining close formation aerobatics with speeds up to 230 mph, the display makes large manoeuvres that fill the sky and leave big smoke trails.
Also appearing at the festival will be the RAF Tucano and the RAF Hawk.
Both spectacular in their own right the Hawk display team will demonstrate the professional excellence of the RAF while the Tucano display consists of 21 manoeuvres including an offset barrel roll, stall turn, oblique loop and reverse wingover.
On Sunday, the Twister Duo will create a display of formation barrel loops, rolls and gravity defying zoom climbs.
The highlight of the weekend is set to be the renowned ambassadors of the RAF and everyone’s favourite – The Red Arrows.
Having missed last year's Lakeland air show, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have been confirmed to headline 2011's festival.
Appearing at the air festival is a welcome return for Squadron Leader Graeme Bagnall.
Graeme, who is Red 10, is the team’s commentator and on the ground safety supervisor.
He was educated at nearby St Bee’s School, in Cumbria.
Mr Bagnall said: “We are really looking forward to displaying at Windermere.
"It’s a stunning location and will definitely be a highlight of the display season for me.
"I can’t wait to meet the crowd when I’m on the ground at the show doing the commentary for the Team.
"You get a real buzz from seeing how the audience reacts to the displays.”
The RAF Red Arrows have been wowing audiences since their first season in 1965, they have flown over 4,000 displays in 52 countries.
Today the Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world,acting as ambassadors for Great Britain when displaying overseas.
They also support UK industry by demonstrating the capabilities of British equipment and expertise.
Lucy Bennett, a director of the air festival, said: "It’s such a coup for us to host the Red Arrows this year.
"They put on such a fantastic display and really add some excitement to the programme.
"The highly acclaimed displays are filled full of twists, turns, drama and excitement - they are definitely not one to be missed."
Attractions on the ground at the Air Base include the military village, battle re-enactments and flying simulator, new kids have-a-go activities plus face painting, circus skills, music and great local food stalls.
The Windermere Air Festival 2011 takes place on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. The Air Base is located on the Glebe in Bowness-on-Windermere. For further information, click on the website below.
A NEW home in Troutbeck has sparked an outcry from parish councillors who claim planners are allowing property owners to ‘bend the rules’.
Councillors say they have lost faith in the Lake District National Park’s planning officers recommended approval for a retrospective planning application at Beckside Farm.
Members claim Doug Freeman’s three-bedroom house, which villagers believe is being run as a bed and breakfast, is larger than the one he was given permission for in 2008.
“The parish council is annoyed that someone can apply for one thing and build another,” said Coun Pip Simpson.
“Unless the National Park rethinks its approach to planning, this example could open up a floodgate of similar applications.
"I don’t have any objection to him building a home but it is the principle that matters – why weren’t officers checking the build as it went along?”
Letters of objection from neighbours expressed concern that the house is too high, 1.5m longer at one gable end, and that more windows have been added.
Trees depicted in the original plans have been chopped down.
These changes were noted in a report by an LDNPA planning officer but Mr Freeman’s application is being recommended for approval at next Wednesday’s development control committee meeting.
Coun Louise Waterhouse, of Troutbeck, described this latest case as ‘the last straw’, adding: “I think people think nothing will happen to them if they use retrospective planning – invariably that’s the case with the national park and that’s why everyone’s so cross.”
Resident Geoff Brown said there were already three ongoing cases in the village of people allegedly breaching planning laws.
“In a small village such as Troutbeck, which is in a conservation area, it is vitally important that people abide by the planning laws so that the inherent character of our village is maintained or enhanced.
“Until the planners start taking a far stronger stance on infringements, then people will continue to flout the laws because they know that ultimately they will get away with it.”
Mark Casey of the LDNPA said he would not able to comment until after next Wednesday’s meeting.
Mr Freeman, formerly of Town End Farm, Troutbeck, was not responding to requests for a comment yesterday.