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.
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!
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
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)
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)
***** 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.
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)
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)