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Flying Fortress set for Second World War Air Waves display

The last airworthy B-17 bomber is expected to take to the skies over Northern Ireland next month.

Sally B, a 70-year-old Flying Fortress made famous in 1989 film Memphis Belle, will form part of a Second World War display alongside a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane at the Air Waves show in Portrush.

The two-day event will also include Ireland's first and last appearance of the jet-powered vintage Avro Vulcan. The aircraft which kept Britain safe during the Cold War is being permanently grounded in September.

Up to 100,000 people are expected to flock to the Co Antrim seaside resort for the air show against the backdrop of Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway.

Other aerial highlights will include a display by the Red Arrows and the appearance of an RAF Typhoon jet, two RAF Hawk jets, the Wild Geese Parachute Team and a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter.

History enthusiasts will also be able to get a first-hand insight into Army life in a makeshift GI camp.

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