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The world-famous RAF Red Arrows were the star of the show as over 100,000 spectators turned out in glorious sunshine to enjoy a packed programme of thrilling aerobatics at Newcastle Festival of Flight at the weekend.

The exclusive display from the RAF Red Arrows - their only date on the island of Ireland this year – coloured the skies with trails of smoke over the South Down coastline as they performed their famous flying formations, rolls and climbs.

Festival of Flight, sponsored by Collins Aerospace with additional support from Tourism NI, is one of the largest free airshows on the island of Ireland and featured an array of world-famous aviation attractions and family entertainment.

The Red Arrows Display Team flying over Newcastle as part of the Festival of Flight.
The Red Arrows Display Team flying over Newcastle as part of the Festival of Flight.

Alongside the iconic RAF Red Arrows, the stellar line-up included world-class aerobatic displays from the Muscle Pitts Biplane, Team Raven, The Global Stars and The Blades.

The daredevil AeroSuperBatics Wing Walkers thrilled spectators as they performed their breath-taking aerial gymnastics.

The RAF BBMF Douglas Dakota and The RAF Tucano T1 (famously made by Shorts in Belfast) gave a vintage showcase of low-level fly-bys as they commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The Irish Coast Guard demonstrated its search and rescue capabilities over the Irish Sea, with the Irish AirCorps AW139 Helicopter and CASA Maritime aircraft teams performing a variety of aerial movements and dramatic flypasts.

AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers put on their display at Newcastle. Photograph: Simon Graham Photography
AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers put on their display at Newcastle. Photograph: Simon Graham Photography

On the ground, a spectacular array of ground-based activities and events provided first class visitor entertainment for the entire family including; a Food and Entertainment Village, live music, children’s arts and craft workshops, face-painting and balloon modelling.

The Ulster Aviation Society and the Royal Air Force also displayed a host of aeronautical attractions including a replica Eurofighter Typhoon and the fuselage of a RAF Tucano T1 and Alouette helicopter.

Speaking about the success of the event, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey said: “This year’s Festival of Flight has been a tremendous success with over 100,000 visitors making the trip to Newcastle for the Festival’s strongest line-up for years, that included the RAF Red Arrows’ only visit to island of Ireland in 2019.

“Festival of Flight is the showpiece in the Newry, Mourne & Down District Council’s Giants Adventure Events programme, and today’s success has allowed us to kick off the summer season in spectacular fashion.”

Festival of Flight is the second of three Giant Adventures events for the 2019 visitor season. For more details on our Giant Adventures and other 2019 events, please visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/GiantAdventures

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