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Another successful air show for Torre del Mar

Bathers watch from the shore
Bathers watch from the shore / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Around 250,000 people looked to the skies from the Axarquía's beaches to watch a four-hour airborne display including fighter jets, parachutists and formation flying

An estimated 250,000 people flocked to the beaches of Torre del Mar on Sunday to watch the town's fourth annual international air show.

Another successful air show for Torre del Mar

/ S. SALAS

More than 20 planes and formation teams from several countries provided the spectacle, from classic light aircraft to some of the Spanish air force's most modern fighter jets.

The show went on for more than four hours, with early thrills coming from members of the Air Force's acrobatic parachute unit who unfurled a giant Spanish flag over the beach.

The wind meant that César Canudas of Mallorca could not perform his paramotor acrobatics.

Several wildfires in the province of Almeria also meant that the Canadair plane could not give its demonstration in Torre del Mar.

S. SALAS

S. SALAS

Bathers were not disappointed with the Eurofighter jet which was greeted with applause, and the Harrier, taking part for the first time.

Formation flying came in the form of the Air Force's ASPA helicopter patrol and the Patrulla Plus Ultra

The Guardia Civil provided one of the most exciting moments of the afternoon with the demonstration put on by the land, sea and air units.

Vélez-Málaga's deputy mayor for Torre del Mar and councillor for Tourism and Beaches, Jesús Carlos Pérez Atencia, said he was satisfied with the show. "For its quality and variety, this festival has become one of the most important summer events on the Costa del Sol," he said.

Organisers have already said that next year's event will have to be special to mark the air show's fifth anniversary.