THOUSANDS of people are flocking to Eastbourne today for the start of the annual airshow.

Vintage planes and aerial acrobats will take to the skies during Airbourne, which is now in its 26th year. It starts today and runs until Sunday.

History fans will enjoy the inaugural arrival of the Ultimate Warbirds, a co-ordinated display comprising the Spitfire, TF-51 Mustang, Hispano Buchon and P-47 Thunderbolt.

Returning favourites to the festival include the Tutor, Mustang, Rich Goodwin Pitts Special, Fireflies, The Tigers Parachute Display Team and the Tucano, which flies back as part of a farewell tour after a five-year hiatus from the airshow circuit.

A firework display will close the festival on Sunday at 9.30pm.