Over the last few days 3 new displays have been confirmed by Airwaves Portrush. First up is the Wildcat Helicopter from the Royal Navy will be at both days of Airwaves Portrush as s static (ground) display at the tennis courts. The Wildcat is making it’s first visit to Northern Ireland, having entered service in 2014 to replace the Lynx.
Next up is the North American Aviation Rockwell OV-10 Bronco which is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s for counter insurgency (COIN) combat. One of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft in the Vietnam War.
Bronco “99+18”, civil registered as G-ONAA (dedicated to the aircraft manufacturer, GO North American Aviation), successfully completed its maiden flight on Saturday May 26, 2012 at Schwenningen-am-Neckar Airfield in Germany. The Bronco had been on static display at the International Aviation Museum – Manfred Pflumm since 1991. A large part of the restoration work was done at the museum location in Schwenningen before the aircraft was flown over to Manston, UK for further restoration work.