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!