Bray lineup revealed.


Last week Bray announced their first round of confirmed aircraft, they include the World famous Red Arrows, the Royal Jordanian Falcons and a rare P51 Mustang/ME109 formation display.

Also included is an Aer Lingus aircraft (type TBC) The Blades Aerobatic team, the Catalina Flying Boat and the Shamrock DC3.

The Tranchant Jet Team will return for the 3rd year at Bray having made their Irish debut in 2016 as well as the fantastic Rich Goodwin & Wildcat Aerobatics.

The full lineup reveal is as follows, and we believe there will be a 2nd round of announcements 4 weeks before Bray 2018.


Confirmed Aircraft for Bray

Aer Lingus Jet
Air Corps – Various
The Black Knights Parachute display team
The Blades Aerobatic Team
Catalina Flying Boat PBY-5A
The ‘Shamrock 1942’ – Douglas Dc3
Tranchant Jet Team – Fougas
Dublin’s Eddie Goggins aka ‘The Flying Dentist’
Richard Goodwin – Pitts Special
Gerry Humphries with his ‘Flying Cow’ Vans RV7 solo display
The Irish Historic Flight Foundation – Chipmunks
The Irish Historic Flight Foundation – Stearman
Irish Parachute Club
The Red Arrows
Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
The Royal Jordanian Falcons
Me109 + Mustang
Wildcat Aerobatics


Rich Goodwin returns to Newcastle!

Our final announcement of the week is the Fantastic Rich Goodwin who will once again wow the Newcastle crowd with his amazing display in his Muscle Pitts aircraft.

This concludes our week of announcements, I am unsure if there s more displays to be added, however Newcastle 2018 promises to be an amazing show! t what he can do. Every year we get lots of comments and messages asking if he will be back!

The Pitts Special is specially modified for his display and I am sure he will put on another amazing display that will have you talking about it long after the show is over!

I can’t wait to see his display once again!

This concludes our week of announcements, I am unsure if there are more displays to be added or not, however Newcastle 2018 promises to be an amazing show!


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*** RAF Chinook returns ***

Just announced a few minutes ago by the RAF Chinook team, they will be returning to Newcastle this summer on August 11th for another fantastic display!

The Chinook made its debut last summer and is one of the most requested displays we have had this year!

The RAF Chinook Display Team, based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, aims to demonstrate the RAF Chinook’s capability.

The Chinook display is one of the most talked about displays on the Airshow scene over the last few years and provides a magnificent display.

Fantastic to have the Chinook back, the RAF have provided magnificent support to Newcastle this year, and that support does not end with the Chinook as the RAF National Aircraft tour will be providing several static aircraft to celebrate RAF 100.


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Wingwalkers & Vintage Pair debut in Newcastle!

Wingwalkers & Vintage Pair debut in Newcastle!

The Aerosuperbatic Wingwalkers will be making their Newcastle debut on August 11th in their Boeing Stearman aircraft.

Anyone who has ever seen the aircraft knows what a magnificent sound the Stearman makes. Along with 2 gorgeous ladies on their wings doing acrobatics, they will put on a fantastic display in Newcastle!

The Boeing Stearman is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.

After World War II, the thousands of primary trainer PT-17 Stearman planes were auctioned off to civilians and former pilots. Many were modified for cropdusting use, with a hopper for pesticide or fertilizer fitted in place of the front cockpit.

There are many examples flying still today, and mainly used for aerobatics at airshows.

Formerly known as the Breitling Wing Walkers, aerobatic is the only aerobatic formation wing-walking team and are seen by close to 6 million people each year!

Also listed for Newcastle is a ‘Vintage Pair’ while it is unknown as of writing this post what exactly this display is, it is thought to be 2 Chipmunk trainer aircraft.

One more announcement to come, a returning crowd favourite who has everyone gasping at his flying antics!

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Autogyro to make debut display in Newcastle

Today’s announcement is the addition of an Autogyro ‘Gyrocopter’ display for August 11th. However, as of writing this I am unsure as to who the aircraft operator is.

The Autogyro has been a popular display throughout the UK in recent years.

Autogyro’s were invented by Juan de la Cierva, only 20 years after the Wright Brothers first flight, they marked a departure from conventional fixed wing aircraft in an attempt to invent an aircraft that couldn’t stall.

The name autogiro was a Trade name for Cierva’s make of aircraft, nowadays, they are also known as gyrocopters, gyroplanes, and autogyro’s and just Gyro’s, they were the first rotary wing aircraft to fly successfully under full, safe control.

The rotor blades of the gyro are completely free wheeling in flight, being driven solely by the air going up through the rotor disk. There is no mechanical drive to the rotors in flight, the phenomenon of autorotation drives them, once airborne the rotors just look after themselves and keep spinning, even if the airspeed indicator is showing Zero!!

An autogyro was on the provisional list for the 2017 show however did not make the final list, so it will be nice to welcome another new display to Newcastle in 2018,

Photo for illustration purposes only. I am unsure as to who the operator is. Photo taken at Portrush 2015.

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Irish Air Corps add AW139 to Newcastle support

*** Irish Air Corps add Helicopter display to their Support of Newcastle ***

Our 2nd confirmation of the day, and our 2nd from the Irish Air Corps, who are providing excellent support this year is a Helicopter display from their AW139.

The Irish Air Corps AW139 displayed in Newcastle in 2016 for the first time and did an excellent fire fighting demo. They also had the aircraft on static before the display.

The Air Corps took delivery of its first two Agusta Westland AW139 aircraft in November 2006. There are currently six of the type in service.

The AW139 is a medium-lift twin-engine helicopter with a troop lifting capacity of up to 14 personnel in the normal configuration. In the cockpit the aircrew have a fully integrated digital avionics and cockpit display system, which includes an autopilot, a dual flight management system with GPS and a radio navigation system. The AW139 is utilised mainly in the army support role.

The first flight of an AW139 was on 3rd February 2001 and was originally designed and developed jointly by Agusta and Bell Helicopters and marketed as the Agusta-Bell AB139, it was redesignated the AW139 when Bell withdrew from the project.

We will have another couple of confirmations tomorrow!

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Andrew Fenton to make Newcastle Debut

One of the best displays on the Irish airshow circut has been added to the Newcastle Festival of Flight on August 11th.

Andrew Fenton will be making his debut here in Newcastle in his very colourful Christen Eagle coming from Sligo, this example was originally built in the USA and has been described as a sports car in the skies!

The sporting aerobatic biplane Christen Eagle II is very similar to the Pitts Special. The company who make the Eagle, Aviat, also own the rights to the Pitts Special.

Taking its first flight in 1977, the Eagle II is marketed in kit form for homebuilding. It set a new standard for completely documented homebuilding kits that revolutionised the homebuilding industry.

Andrew Fenton has delighted airshow go-ers throughout Ireland and it will be great to see his colourful aircraft display in Newcastle this summer!

Check back later today for our 2nd aircraft confirmation. (Picture from flying in Ireland – not our own)

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