Thousands thrilled by stunning displays at opening day of Air Waves Portrush

Thousands of people descended upon Portrush today, Saturday 1st September 2018, for a spectacular array of thrilling flying displays by some of the world’s most famous aviation attractions at the opening day of Air Waves Portrush.

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The stellar line-up, organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, included the Typhoon, that boomed across East Strand in a captivating display of agility.

The Wildcat Aerobatics performed breath-taking aerial gymnastics and the mighty American-built flying boat, the Catalina, gave a vintage exhibition of graceful and controlled flying.

The Global Stars performed a heady cocktail of close formations and freestyle flying, with Vietnam veterans Huey and Loach providing dramatic flypasts. A new display for this year, the Swiss Classic Collection, also wowed crowds with their distinctive formations and crossovers.

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McAuley Multimedia
McAuley Multimedia
McAuley Multimedia

On the ground, a spectacular array of ground-based activities and events provided first class visitor entire for the entire family including The STEM Village, street entertainment, play zone, Motor Village, and artisan marketplace. Portstewart hosted the Air Waves Concert, pyrotechnic air display and fireworks on Saturday evening.

The line-up for Sunday will also include the world-famous RAF Red Arrows who will perform their trademark formations, close-passes and dynamic loops, as RAF Falcons, the UK’s premier military parachute display team. The two-day event will end on Sunday with a poignant Poppy Drop onto East Strand.

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