On the second Bank Holiday in May, London and East Anglia turned its attention skyward for the Southend Festival of the Air 2009. The event is organised by Southend on Sea Borough Council and is free so draws massive crowds! PlanesTV recorded the show with powerful cameras in High Definition which, coupled with the fantastic clear blue sky, deliver stunning close-up action. Good RAF support meant that Southend saw the Red Arrows’ debut display of 2009 but the best was left till last with a dramatic reheat driven display by the Eurofighter Typhoon. An unlikely display item at a seaside event – the Swift Glider team performed an aerobatic routine with the Glider still being towed! The demanding close formation work of the Matadors with Red Bull star Paul Bonhomme leading was breathtaking. Historic aircraft displays came from the Hangar 11 Collection’s P-51 Mustang, the Vampire Preservation Group’s T11 and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.