No sooner had the residents of and visitors to Torre del Mar put Santa Ana back to bed on the last evening of the town’s feria, than they were woken at 8.30am last Friday to the sound of the Eurofighter flying overhead, marking the start of the town’s third international air show.
The early-morning fly-by was all everyone was talking about throughout the day, some sharing the organisers’ sense of humour and others not so happy at being woken early. The early wake-up call didn’t dampen spirits and by midday the beach was busy with people wanting to get a glimpse of the other planes taking part.
The magnificent Patrulla Águila graced the skies over the beach with their seven-piece formations and other troops entertained beach-goers with perfect loop-the-loops before exiting stage-right with a giant heart in the sky.
Saturday saw some more practice during mid-afternoon, with the main event being the sunset show, which started at around 10pm and lasted approximately 45 minutes. Planes illumined the sky with pyrotechnics, sending glittering streaks over the sea.
Sunday was the big day with all of the planes participating in a show which lasted around four hours. Strong winds hampered only the acrobatics and parachuting teams of Britain’s Aerosparx and Spain’s Patrulla PAPEA. All the other planes, including the Eurofighter, Patrulla Águilar, Canadair hydroplane and Aeroclub de Málaga were able to fly.
The deputy mayor's office in Torre del Mar estimates that around 300,000 people watched the air show and they have already announced plans for a fourth event next year.