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Return of the high flyers

THE phrase "blue-sky thinking" is defined by The Collins English Dictionary as "creative ideas that are not limited by current thinking".

That has certainly been applied by the brains behind the revival of the Scottish Air Show, which is to return to the skies above Ayrshire after a 22-year absence.

The two-day event will take place on the Low Green in Ayr and at Prestwick Airport, with entry to the air show and family funday on Saturday, September 6 free. There will be a paid-entry static display of aircraft and exhibition stands at Prestwick the following day. Highlights will include flypasts by a Lancaster, a Hurricane and a Spitfire. Organisers say the event is designed to bring tourism, business, economic and educational benefits to Ayrshire in particular and Scotland in general.

There will be no shortage of goodwill for the event, made possible by funding from South Ayrshire Council, Event Scotland and Prestwick-based Woodward International to tap into: in its heyday in the 1980s, the original Scottish International Air Show attracted up to 100,000 visitors.

We wish the 2014 event clear skies and a fair wind.

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