3 Displays confirmed for Airwaves Portrush!

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.


Air Waves Portrush's photo.

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.

Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.
Lastly it was confirmed today that the Calidus Autogyro will once again return to Portrush and will also serve as the camera platform for the event. 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. .
Air Waves Portrush's photo.
We look forward to seeing them all at Airwaves Portrush on the 3rd & 4th September 2016 (Photo’s from Airwaves Portrush Facebook page, and AV10 Bronco operators website)

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