Below are just a smattering of the things that participating crews have had to say about their time spent at past Dawlish Air Show events:

Flt Lt Matt Barker – 2009 RAF Hawk Display Pilot:

“Dawlish was without a doubt my favourite seaside show in 2009 – a brilliant event with a huge crowd and a great atmosphere. Everyone said it would be a highlight and after displaying there I could see why.”

Flt Lt Matt Barker

Flt Lt Matt Barker

John Beattie – Legendary Royal Navy Pilot:

“Looking down from the Wasp at about 1000 ft, just before the dive, there seems to be an awful lot of people at Dawlish, waving up at me and obviously having a very good time indeed.”

John Beattie

John Beattie

MACR Gareth Attridge – former Manager, Team Merlin:

“Dawlish is the jewel in the crown when it comes to seaside airshows. Where else are you able to see the Red Arrows flying straight at you whilst you chat to a front line helicopter crew?”

Team Merlin

Team Merlin

Sqn Ldr Ben Murphy – former Officer Commanding and Team Leader, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – The Red Arrows:

“The Team always enjoys performing at Dawlish as it is such a fantastic airshow in a beautiful location on the South Devon coastline.”

Red Arrows 2010

Red Arrows

It’s not just the participants who have nice things to say about Dawlish. The following comments were found around various internet fora after the 2009 event:

“A fantastic backdrop and the Vulcan / Red Arrows formation was fantastic.”

“Quite simply, a fantastic venue that presents some unique photo opportunities.”

“The Vulcan’s formation with the Red Arrows was breathtaking.”

“Arguably the show of the season.”

“Dawlish – the best overall airshow experience.”

“If Carlsberg sponsored airshows they’d give their money to Dawlish.”