Severe weather plays havoc, cancels major airshows

Stormy weather on both sides of the Atlantic has played havoc this weekend, cancelling several major airshows and flying displays.

The UK is in the grips of a powerful low pressure system, with forecasted 50 knot winds forcing the cancellation of the first day of the Blackpool Airshow on Saturday 10th August. Organisers are hoping to stage a full show on Sunday.

On Friday 9th August, the air display at Battle of Flowers in Jersey had to be scrapped. The wind is likely to prevent flying at the Combined Ops show in Headcorn, Kent, on both days, and also forced the postponement of the Elvington Large Model Airshow in York, rescheduled to the 12th-13th October.

In Canada, the Edmonton Airshow was cancelled after wet weather made the airfield waterlogged, with organisers deciding it was unsafe to open the gates to the public. Edmonton has experienced rainfall on 21 days in July – one of the wettest July months on record.

Tickets for the Edmonton Airshow 2019 will be valid at next year’s show.