Bray line up revealed.

The following aircraft have been added to Bray Air Display on the 22nd & 23rd and it looks like it is going to be yet another great show in 2017.

Royal Jordanian Falcons (4x Extra 300)
Strikemaster Pairs
P51 Mustang (Miss Velma)
Spitfire (G-SPIT)
The Blades (4X Extra 300)
Irish Air Corps
Irish Historic Flight
The Fireflies (2X Vans RV4)
Aer Lingus A321
DC3 Dakota.
S92 Search & Rescue Demo
Black Knights Parachute Team
Irish Parachute Team

This adds to the already announced

Spanish Air Force F18
Swedish Air Force Historic Flight SAAB Viggen
Patrouille Tranchant
Norwegian Air force Historical Squadron Mig 15
Norwegian Air force Historical Squadron Vampire Pair
Catalina Flying Boat
Team Raven

Newcastle line up revealed

***** Newcastle Line up revealed *****
 
With just a month to go until the beginning of the Newcastle Festival of Flight more aircraft have been confirmed via Translink’s website. Translink are an official partner of the FoF.
 
First up one of the most talked about displays from the last few years will be returning to Newcastle when Rich Goodwin brings his Pitts Special to Newcastle for yet another fantastic display.
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Mark Petrie will be returning in his Strikemaster jet which has proven to be very popular over the last couple of years adding a bit more jet power to the display. Mark Petrie always puts on a fantastic show.
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Team Raven will be displaying in Newcastle in their Vans RV aircraft having attended the Festival of Flight since 2015. Last year their display became a 6 ship display and put on a great show.
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The P51 Mustang, a WWII fighter will once again take to the skies having displayed in Newcastle in 2016 in very challenging windy conditions adding the sound of yet another Merlin engine to the Newcastle skies.
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Finally The Global Stars will return to Newcastle in their Extra 300 and Cap 232 aircraft flown by Mark Jefferies, Tom Cassells, Chris Burkett, Steve Carver & Michael Pickin who are all British Champions.
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Finally making a debut in Newcastle, a Piston Provost will add to the line up. Designed in the1950s as a replacement for the Percival Prentice. The Provost has the distinction of being the last piston-engine basic trainer aircraft to be operated by the RAF.
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This adds to the already announced RAF Red Arrows, RAF Chinook, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane and the debut of the Wildcat Aerobatic Display Team.
 
All photos our own with the exception of the Provost, full copyright of that photo belongs to Eric Fishwick. As of this moment it is not known what Provost will be at Newcastle and photo used for illustrative purposes..

Multiple aircraft confirmed for Portrush

Over the last week a number of aircraft have been confirmed for Airwaves Portrush on the 2nd & 3rd of September 2017.

 

First up is the fantastic Rich Goodwin and his Pitts Special aircraft that has had everyone watch in amazement as to what his aircraft can do! Rich Goodwin has been to Portrush a few times in the past and has become a massive crowd favourite.

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Next up is the Huey and Loach helicopters which have become regular attendees of Portrush over the years. The helicopters are most famous for their service in the Vietnam war and both of these helicopters that will be on display actually saw service in Vietnam! They will also be joining the Wildcat on Static when not displaying!

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The Irish Coast Guard S92 will once again be at Portrush in September providing a Search and Rescue Demo, this display is only on one day of the show however it has not been announced if it will display on the Saturday or Sunday yet. The S92 replaced the S61 in service in 2012

 

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And finally the Aerobatic Glider from the Ulster Flying Club will be at Portrush this September. The aircraft will be flown by European Champion, Ian Gallacher. And is returning to Portrush after 4 years. (Picture from Portrush website)

 

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Ulster Aviation Society return to Newcastle

The Ulster Aviation Society have confirmed on their FB they will be attending the Newcastle Festival of Flight on August 5th and will be bringing their Ferguson Flyer 1911 Replica to the static display to join the already confirmed Ulster Military Vehicle Club.

We expect further confirmed additions to the flying in the next few weeks  (Picture from UAS FB)

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72 Squadron flypast in Belfast

***** Tucanos for Belfast flypast *****

On Tuesday 27th June 4 Shorts Tucano aircraft will be doing a flypast of Belfast City Airport and Aldergrove Airport as part of 72 Squadron’s centenary celebrations.

The Tucanos were built in Belfast, and 72 Squadron were based at Aldergrove until 2002.

It is thought they will be landing at Aldergrove for refueling. However times of the flypasts are to be announced.

 

Flypast map from 72 Squadron twitter.

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Royal Navy Wildcat returns to Portrush

The Royal Navy Wildcat will be returning to Portrush on both days of Airwaves Portrush for a static display.

The Wildcat made its first appearance at Portrush in 2016.

For those who are wondering why it won’t be doing a flying display. It currently does not have a permit to display. However, if like previous years with the Helicopters on static, you may be able to see it do a flypast before landing. (Photo from Portrush FB)

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Mig 15 for Portrush

Airwaves Portrush have today announced that the Mig 15 from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron will be attending Airwaves Portrush on both the 2nd & 3rd September 2017.

The Mig 15 was due to display at Portrush in 2016 however an issue forced the withdrawal of the aircraft, and the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron instead sent the Vampire Pair to display.

It will be great to see and hear another jet in the skies at Portrush 2017! (Photo from Portrush FB)

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