Wow! Dawlish Air show delights the holiday crowds
Thousands of people lined the coast on Saturday to watch a free flying display as part of a renowned air show.
Sunshine and blue skies made perfect conditions for the Dawlish Air Show where a British Army helicopter gunship made its debut in the static display.
The show was opened by the RAF Red Arrows team before a number of other planes took to the skies, including an iconic bomber of the cold war era, Avro Vulcan XH558.
Visitor Mark Harris posted on social network Facebook: "All I can add is 'Wow!'. I've been to many shows before but have never experienced such close encounters with the participants.
"A very big well done to everyone who made it happen, the helpers and the aircrews for buzzing the hill."
Another plane in the show was Royal Navy Historic Flight's Hawker Sea Fury, the last propeller-driven fighter to serve the Navy. It was one of the fastest production single-piston engined aircraft ever built, capable of speeds in excess of 400mph.
The show also featured the world's only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, the Breitling Wingwalkers, who performed a sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the team's Boeing Stearman biplanes.
Ivybridge butcher Mark Gribble posted on Twitter: "What a fantastic spectacular local event – well done Dawlish – outstanding. We had a great time."
Another user Jenni Kaos posted: "Had an amazing day at Dawlish Air Show. Cannot wait for next year. Thank you so much to all of you for the work you put in!"
The day was preceded by a family fun day in the town where people were given the opportunity to meet pilots taking part in the air show.
A spokesman for the air show said: "Each year this event attracts over 80,000 people to watch an array of aircraft take to the sky at this award winning air show.
"Taking a look back over the last nine years of the show, it's quite remarkable to reflect on the displays that have been seen in the skies over our small seaside town.
"It bears testament to the efforts of the organising committee and helpers."