Sky’s the limit at Northern Ireland International Air show
Published 04/09/2009 | 10:27
The Northern Ireland international air show takes place in Portrush this weekend with organisers expecting more than 250,000 people to attend.
Saturday and Sunday will each feature over 20 aerial displays, including the debut appearance here by the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the 525-seat Airbus A380.
Rare appearances will also be made by the Eurofighter Typhoon and the RFA Largs Bay, a Royal Navy support ship around 180m in length.
There will be a wide range of aircraft including the World War Two Spitfire, aircraft from the Cold War and RAF jets. The famed Red Arrows display team (above) will open the show on Saturday and will then bring the proceedings to a close on Sunday.
Coleraine Mayor Sandy Gilkinson is proud that the town is hosting the air show for the eighth consecutive year.
“It is a major tourism asset and it is my pleasure to welcome visitors to the event. Our events team works very hard to secure the many events and ground attractions that make the event so spectacular,” he said.
DUP Culture Minister Nelson McCausland also welcomed the air show.
“This is a brilliant family event which celebrates and recognises Northern Ireland’s aviation history and naval heritage,” he said. “A very touching part of the celebrations is the memorial service which will see two million poppies being dropped on the beach.”
In addition to the aerial displays, the army will be hosting a live and interactive Start Thinking Soldier event, giving the public the chance to sample army life through the medium of simulated training challenges. Participants will learn how it feels to defuse a bomb, fire a gun and drive a Challenge 2 battle tank.
Start Thinking Soldier - the interactive
The two-day air show begins on Saturday at 11am each day with the event concluding at 7pm on Sunday. Entrance is free.
Police are advising motorists to expect delays in the area.