Wildcat Aerobatics return to Portrush

Wildcat Aerobatics are now officially confirmed for Airwaves Portrush on the 2nd & 3rd of September 2017.

The Wildcat team made their Portrush, and Northern Ireland debut in 2016 to many positive reviews and it great to see them back once more.

Wildcat Aerobatics fly two Pitts S2B aircraft in a pairs display which are flown just feet apart as they wow the crowd with close formation aerobatics. We look forward to seeing them in Portrush in September. But before that, they will also be making an appearance in Newcastle on the 5th august.

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Catalina set for Portrush

**** Catalina for Portrush ****

Last night Airwaves Portrush confirmed on their FB Event page that the Consolidated PBY Catalina will once again be displaying at Portrush on the 2nd & 3rd September 2017.

This will be the Catalina’s 5th appearance at the Portrush Airshow, having made (According to our research) its debut in 2011 at the show.

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is based out of Duxford and will be based in Derry over the weekend of the Portrush airshow according to the listing on the Catalina’s website.


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Wildcat debut for Newcastle

**** Wildcat debut for Newcastle ****

This week the aerobatic team Wildcat Aerobatics released their 2017 schedule which included a debut display in Newcastle on the 5th August.

Wildcat Aerobatics fly two Pitts S2B aircraft in a pairs display which are flown just feet apart as they wow the crowd with close formation aerobatics.

The Wildcat Aerobatics team got great reviews from their Northern Ireland debut last September up in Portrush, and now its Newcastle’s turn to see just what they can do!

An exciting addition to the Newcastle Festival of Flight with plenty more to come 😉

Image not our own, from Wildcat Aerobatics website.

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*** Red Arrows return to Newcastle ***

*** Red Arrows return to Newcastle ***

The RAF Red Arrows have today released their schedule and they will once again be returning to Newcastle for the Festival of Flight on August 5th.

The Red Arrows were the first ever jet display at the Festival of Flight back at the first show in 2010.

They fly 9 Hawk T1 aircraft with Red, White & Blue smoke and are based out of RAF Scampton. The Red Arrows are recognised as one of, if not the best aerobatic display team in the world.

The Festival of Flight on August 5th will once again have the sound of jet engines around the Mourne Mountains!!


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**** BBMF returns to Northern Ireland Airshows *****


Last night the BBMF released their schedule for 2017 and it revealed that the BBMF will be at both Northern Ireland shows this year.

Firstly on August 5th 2017 the BBMF will be sending their newly painted Lancaster bomber to Newcastle alongside the Spitfire and Hurricane. This will actually be the first time the iconic trio will have displayed together in the skies of Newcastle after a last minute change in 2016 saw the Lancaster arrive with two Spitfires!

And then on the 2nd and 3rd of September 2017 the BBMF will once again bring their iconic trio to Portrush for displays on both days of Airwaves Portrush 2017. The BBMF have been a regular at Portrush over the years and one of the most popular historic aircraft displays to appear at Portrush.

The Lancaster will however no longer be in the paint scheme known as ‘Thumper’ and will have a new paint scheme, a duel sided paint scheme for 2017 onwards.

On the right hand side we will see the markings of 50 Squadron code letters ‘VN-T’ representing Lancaster LL922. The Lancaster flown by the grandfather of the current BBMF OC Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin. The ‘City of Lincoln’ markings will be retained.

And on the left side we will see the markings of Lancaster BIII W5005 ‘AR-L’ “Leader” of 460 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron. There will also be a special nose art kangaroo in wellington boots playing bagpipes reflecting the mixed nationalities of the crew: Scottish, Welsh and Australian.

Northern Ireland will have 3 days of displays with 6 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, and isn’t that music to anyones ears?

We at Northern Ireland and Ireland Airshows can not wait to see the BBMF return to NI skies this year!


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RAF Tutor returns to Portrush

***** RAF Tutor returns to Portrush *****

Yesterday the RAF Tutor released their 2017 schedule and Portrush will have the RAF Tutor display on both days!!

The Tutor will only display at 10 shows this year, after missing the 2016 season.

Last displaying in 2015 at Portrush, it surprised many with a very versatile display and in 2017 adds to the already very strong RAF Support at Portrush!

Photo our own from Portrush 2015!


RAF Typhoon for Portrush

***** RAF Typhoon returns to Portrush *****

News broke this morning that the Typhoon will #BringTheNoise to Portrush on both days!

A regular fan favourite, The Typhoon will have a new display pilot for the 2017 display season, Flight Lieutenant Ryan Lawton, who is sure to impress the massive crowd at Airwaves Portrush 2017!

Portrush will get loud!

Photo not our own – Credit to the photographer in the watermark