A WORLD-famous aerobatic team make a high-octane return to Scotland’s National Airshowthis summer.

The Red Arrows will top the bill at the event’s 20th anniversary at the National Museum of Flight, at East Fortune.

Tickets are now on sale for the airborne extravaganza, which takes place on Saturday, July 22.

Famous for their precision flying and dramatic formations, the Red Arrows will be joined in East Lothian by the agile Typhoon, the RAF’s delta-winged air defence fighter, which will perform a solo display.

Also taking to the sky above the historic military airfield will be the RAF’s tutor display team and Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which marks its 60th anniversary this year.

The world’s only aerobatic formation wing walking team, the Breitling Wingwalkers will return to Scotland’s National Airshow this year, showcasing acrobatic manoeuvres and headstands while strapped to the top wings of two beautiful Boeing Stearman biplanes.

American P40 fighter and Skyraider single-engine ground attack aircraft will display on the day and the event will also feature a Swordfish biplane from the Royal Navy Historic Flight.

The last British biplanes to see active service, these aircraft operated throughout the Second World War and were responsible for destroying tonnes of enemy shipping and sinking over 20 U-boats and sinking more than 20 U-boats.

Steve McLean, general manager at the National Museum of Flight, said: “This will be the 20th airshow to be held at East Fortune and we’ve planned a fabulous line-up of high-flying entertainment featuring thrilling displays from state-of-the-art fast jets, including the world-famous Red Arrows, and incredible historic aircraft with fascinating stories.

“Combined with fantastic entertainment on the ground and the chance to explore our fascinating museum, we believe this makes Scotland’s National Airshow one of Scotland’s best family days out.”

Other displays include the aerial ballet and sweeping close-formation loops and barrel rolls of the two-aircraft Twister team; the dynamic aerobatics of the Pitts Special Muscle biplane; and a display by a B17 Flying Fortress bomber.

Additional high-flying action will be provided by a Bronco light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft, a pair of Jet Provost trainer aircraft, an Autogyro, a 1930s Bucker Jungman biplane, a Pembroke light transport aircraft and a Piper L3 Cub light observation aircraft.

On the ground, members of the public can explore all of the National Museum of Flight’s attractions, including its recently redeveloped historic aircraft hangars, which are packed with exciting displays telling the stories of military and civil aviation over the past century.

Also on show will be the ever-popular Concorde Experience, the family-friendly Fantastic Flight gallery with its interactive exhibits, and Fortunes of War, which gives visitors an insight into East Fortune’s history as a wartime airbase.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 0300 123 6789, and at the gate on the day. Discounts are available for advance booking.

Further details can be found at www.nms.ac.uk/airshow