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Walking in the air at death-defying aeronautic display

BY COLIN FRANCIS

The Red Arrows were in spectacular form at the Northern Ireland International Airshow over the weekend – even if the weather was a little unkind for aerial acrobatics.

Thousands of people headed to the north coast for the free family-friendly event, with the beaches and promenades of Portrush providing a natural viewing platform.

As well as the RAF's crack display team, other major drawcards included The Red Star Rebel Jets which had never appeared in Ireland before, flying their Czech-made fighter planes.

This year's event saw the biggest number of jets flying to date including the oldest flying Hawker Hunter and the de Havilland Vampire, which was once a familiar site over our skies. with a squadron based at Aldergove.

The equally rare Jet Provost also made an appearance.

The Belgian Air Force also made a welcome return in their A109 helicopter to put on an astonishing display using flares and pyrotechnics.

The ground arena again feature mock-up aircraft, exhibitions, the Donegal Spitfire, children's shows, static helicopters and the trade village.

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