THE BLADES The Blades are a leading display team of former Red Arrow pilots, renowned for breath-taking formation aerobatics and a cutting-edge display. The display itself showcases the amazing capabilities of the Extra 300, combined with the skill, experience and heritage of the pilots to deliver the ultimate in aerial excellence. The display lasts for 15 minutes and includes over 30 exhilarating manoeuvres, containing a variety of mindblowing aerobatic stunts flown just feet apart. The Blades have over 30,000 flying hours and more than 4,000 displays between them and fly under the leadership of Blade 1, Ben Murphy. The Blade 2 position will be shared between Chris Carder and Mark Cutmore with Kirsty Murphy at Blade 3 position and Andy Evans as Blade 4. FLYING TIMES Thurs 15:15; Fri 16:03; Sat 14:26; Sun 14:03 DIMENSIONS Height: 2.62m Length: 6.96m Wingspan: 8m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 253mph POWERPLANT 1 x 300hp Lycoming AE10-540 DID YOU KNOW? The Blades are the only aerobatic display team in the world that also operates as an airline, offering passengers the opportunity to experience life-changing close formation aerobatics! 28 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017
CATALINA G-PBYA was originally ordered for the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Canso A amphibian, basically equivalent to the US Navy PBY-5A. It was built by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Quebec in 1943 and initially saw service with 9 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron at Bella Bella on the British Columbia coast between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. It was finally struck off military charge on 25 May 1961, and in due course converted to carry internal tanks and also flew for a number of fire-fighting seasons during the mid-to late-1960s. She was eventually acquired by Duxford based Catalina Aircraft Ltd and operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays. The start of the 2005 season saw G-PBYA still flying in its bright yellow, red and green colours but it was repainted in the May in its current scheme representing a wartime USAAF OA-10A Catalina 44-33915 of the 8th Air Force 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth, Suffolk. FLYING TIMES Sat 13:33; Sun 13:22 DIMENSIONS Height: 6.15m; Length: 19.46m Wingspan: 31.70m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 196mph POWERPLANT 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial engines DID YOU KNOW? This Catalina lost both its bow turret and side blisters as part of its post-war conversion. airbourneeastbourne eb_airshow WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 29
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