Bray Air Display returns in 2018

Big news from Bray this weekend, the Bray Air Display will return in 2018 on the 28th & 29th July.

So far no aircraft have been officially confirmed by Bray however several aircraft operators have listings for Bray, including Wildcat Aerobatics and the Catalina Flying boat.

Please note, these are not confirmed until Bray themselves release the flying programme on their website and social media and is subject to change.



Newcastle 2018 update

A bit of an update on the 2018 Festival of Flight

Rick Peacock-Edwards has been re-appointed Flight Director for 2018. This will be his 4th Festival of Flight, having taken over from Jeff Salter in 2015.

There is still no decision on the format for 2018, while there is doubt about a 2 day show due to a budget cut, 2 days is still a possibility as officials would still like to see a 2 day show. It does seem more likely to be 1 day though it would seem.

Officials will now work with the Flight Director and his team of 4 command and control personnel to see what programme can be delivered within the budget.

Work on a paper on how to partner and develop links with Bray is being drawn up and will be released in the coming weeks.

The budget has been reduced from £140000 to £122,000. This is just from the councils budget and does not factor in outside sponsorship.

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Newcastle’s popular Festival of Flight to be expanded

Newcastle’s popular Festival of Flight to be expanded
Taken from the Mourne Observer article written by Michael Morrow.
The Festival of Flight in Newcastle is set to expand for 2018 after the councils Enterprise, Regeneration & Tourism committee recommended an increase in the events budget.
The air display element of the hugely popular festival is set to be spread over two days, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August next year.
The additional money set to be allocated to the festival is £63000. It would mean an increase in the festivals budget from £77,000 to £140,000.
The Festival is one of a number of local events that have been earmarked for additional funding as the ERT committee has recommended an increase in the council’s events programme budget.
The 2017/18 budget was just over one million pounds, an investment that returned over £11m of economic impact on the Newry, Mourne & Down district.
By adding an additional £272,000 to the budget for the next financial year it is hoped an even greater return on the investment will be seen.
In most cases the events set to benefit from the additional spend are council organised.
(Admin note – The budget quoted is only from the council and does not take into consideration other additional sponsorship. The article expands to talk about other events in the NMD district in 2018 however I have kept it to only the Festival of Flight on this post)

Newcastle 2018 update

***** Newcastle Festival of Flight 2018 *****

A lot have been asking about 2018.

There is a date in place, however it is a provisional date. I do expect this date to be confirmed in early 2018. I am reluctant to post the date for 2 reasons

1) Down Festivals have not confirmed the date and it is their show.

2) It is a provisional date and I don’t want to give out a date and people book hotels etc only for a change to be made.

I will post the date as soon as I know I am able to. This will come either when an official source such as Visit Mourne Mountains or Down Festivals release the date or when RAF displays confirm their appearance.

As for 2018, I have heard some chatter. Some very good things seemingly in place for the RAF centenary next year which it seems Newcastle will be a part of 🙂 The RAF have said in a press release about Newcastle, Northern Ireland being one of 6 ‘Major UK locations’ in 2018 But more about that closer to the event.

The below logo is NOT an official 2018 logo. It was just me messing around in photo-shop and it has been altered from the original 2017 logo.

But I will post news as soon as I know I am able to. 4 years ago I would be posting the date right away, however the last 4 years of running this page and talking to the council have made me appreciate just how much work goes into the planning and just how much can change before going to ‘press’

Stay tuned. 2018 does look like a great year for airshows both in Newcastle and on the North Coast in Portrush.

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Portrush Preview Day 5 – RAF Eurofighter Typhoon

The final profile of our Portrush aircraft profile is the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon. A regular in Portrush And with being one of the most impressive and most talked about displays , and the Typhoon is making its only displays in Northern Ireland this year in Portrush

When you see the Typhoon performing on this year’s display circuit it will be the culmination of months of hard work, detailed preparation and concerted effort by the team behind the display. Whilst it is the pilot who displays the aircraft, he cannot even begin to do his job without the unfaltering commitment and backing of the dedicated group of professionals that make up the Typhoon Display Team.

This year’s team, from 29(R) Squadron, comprises a specialist from every aircraft trade along with support and management teams to assist both the pilot and the trades, all of whom work closely together to bring you the dazzling spectacle that is the Typhoon Display.

Every member of the team has been hand picked from what is already an elite cadre of skilled personnel at RAF Coningsby. They have proven themselves in their day jobs and are now privileged and proud to represent the very best in excellence and dedication that the Royal Air Force can offer.

The teams look forward to the unique challenges that a display season brings and the opportunity to showcase the Royal Air Force Typhoon 2017 display to the general public.


The Eurofighter Typhoon is the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft providing simultaneously deployable Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface capabilities.

It is in service with 6 customers across 20 operational units and has been ordered by a seventh. The aircraft has demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, high reliability across the globe in all climates. It has been combat proven during operations in Libya.

Development of the aircraft effectively began in 1983 with the Future European Fighter Aircraft programme, a multinational collaborative effort between the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Because of disagreements over design authority and operational requirements, France left the consortium to develop the Dassault Rafale independently instead.

A technology demonstration aircraft, the British Aerospace EAP, first took flight on 6 August 1986; the first prototype of the finalised Eurofighter made its first flight on 27 March 1994. The name of the aircraft, Typhoon, was formally adopted in September 1998; the first production contracts were signed that same year.

The RAF Typhoon Dislay Pilot for 2017 is Flight Lieutenant Ryan Lawton.

Flt Lt Ryan Lawton was born and grew up on the Isle of Wight. His interest in aviation started as a young child, when he would listen, fascinated, to his Grandfather tell stories about his time as a glider pilot during the Second World War. Ryan attended Ryde School with Upper Chine and was a keen member of the Combined Cadet Force. It was here that his ambition to join the RAF as a pilot was formed.

Ryan was awarded a RAF Flying Scholarship whilst studying for his A-levels and then joined the RAF as a direct entrant in 2001, a week after his 18th birthday! Following Initial Officer Training at RAF Cranwell, he completed his Elementary Flying Training on the Firefly and was streamed to fly fast jets. He was awarded his ‘wings’ in 2003 upon completion of Basic Fast Jet Training on the Tucano at RAF Linton on Ouse. Following this, he completed his Advanced Flying Training on the Hawk at RAF Valley before being selected to complete his Tactical Weapons training on 419 Sqn in Canada, flying the Hawk 115.

On completion of flying training, Ryan was role-disposed to the Tornado GR4 in 2006 and completed the Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Lossiemouth before being posted to II(AC) Sqn at RAF Marham in 2007. During this front-line tour, he completed numerous overseas exercises and deployed on operations to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ryan left the Tornado GR4 in 2010 to take up a position in the Typhoon simulator at RAF Coningsby. In 2011, he was selected to take part in a trial to complete the Typhoon conversion course, purely in the simulator! The trial was a success and Ryan was posted to XI(F) Sqn in 2012. During this tour, he took part in the first RAF Typhoon deployment to Exercise RED FLAG in Las Vegas and conducted Quick Reaction Alert duties in the UK and Falkland Islands.

In 2014, Ryan joined 29(R)Sqn, where his current role is to teach student pilots to operate the Typhoon. In addition to his instructional duties, Ryan contributes to RAF Coningsby’ s primary task of defending UK sovereign airspace. (Info from RAF Website, photo our own)




We really hope you have enjoyed our aircraft profiles over the last few days. And for those heading to Portrush this weekend, have a great time!