DEATH-DEFYING aerial stunts have left thousands of people in Southsea awestruck this morning.
The Blades aerial display team have taken to the sky above the city to mark the first day of competitive racing for the America’s Cup World Series.
The squad of four expert pilots have been stunning crowds with a series of dangerous rolls, flips and stunts.
Crowds cheered as they soared through the sky at speeds hitting 300mph over Southsea Castle.
And, the team even paid tribute to Sir Ben Ainslie’s newborn baby, Bellatrix, with a manoeuvre dedicated in her name.
The 15-minute display was given a rousing round of applause from the crowd as the team ended with good luck break for Land Rover BAR’s team.
Dan Hatfield, of Chandlers Ford, watched the action with his children William, 12, Caitlin, 11, Ben, 10, and wife Liz, 46.
He said: ‘We loved it. Some of the stunts and flips were incredible. It must have taken a lot of courage. The pilots can’t have had much to eat this morning.’
Son Ben was thrilled with the display.
‘It was great, I loved it when the separated when two went up and two went to the side.’
Dan added: ‘It’s an excellent atmosphere here today. We’re really looking forward to a good day of racing.’