A new date for the hugely popular Wales Airshow has been announced for 2021.
Initially, the event was set for July 4 and 5, but due to the pandemic Swansea Council announced that all events it managed would be postponed until August.
Much-loved displays including the RAF Red Arrows, Fireflies Aerobatic display team and RAF Chinook, are expected to take to the skies above Swansea again on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4, 2021.
Despite the event being postponed this summer, a virtual version was staged on July 4, 2020.
Broadcast on Facebook, it featured question and answer sessions from pilots including Red Arrow Squadron Leader Steve Morris, the team leader parachutist from the Tigers Army Parachute Display Team and a display crewman and engineer from the RAF Chinook Display Team.
There was also unseen footage from The Red Arrows over Swansea Bay and highlights of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, among many of the show’s regular displays from over the years.
Footage from the digital airshow event on Saturday is available on the Wales Airshow website – www.walesnationalairshow.com.
There were more than 85,000 video views, showing the popularity of the biggest free event of its kind in Wales.
Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of people who watched the digital celebration event. It showed the support people have for the Wales Airshow.
“We were disappointed that the airshow couldn’t take place as planned this year but we’re delighted to be able to announce that it’ll be back next year.
“The events industry is in crisis as it was one of the first industries to close and will be one of the last to re-open.
“We want to get events back up and running in Swansea – for the public and to support all those involved in the industry – as soon as government guidance confirms that it’s safe to do so.”