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Air show thrills 150,000 crowd at Portrush

The Red Arrows on display in Portrush
The Red Arrows on display in Portrush
Paul Young and James McLaughlin
The large crowd watches the air show
Adel and Aria Stevenson
Red Arrows pilot Adam Collins
Oisin and Grace McCaughey
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

This was the spectacular sight as the Red Arrows took to the skies over Northern Ireland yesterday.

Their appearance was the highlight on day two of the Portrush air show.

More than 150,000 spectators turned out over the weekend to enjoy the thrilling displays at the festival of flight.

Yesterday the skilled Red Arrows pilots lit up the skies over the seaside town's East Strand shoreline with their famous coloured smoke trails.

They performed their trademark formations, close passes and dynamic loops as part of the RAF's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Despite challenging weather conditions, spectators enjoyed a packed programme of aerial and land-based entertainment at the largest free air show on the island of Ireland.

Yesterday's show also included the Grob Tutor, the only RAF aircraft flying in Northern Ireland today, which performed a variety of aerial movements across the Portrush skyline.

Huge crowds in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Huge crowds in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Wildcat Aerobatic Team put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Ulster Gliding Club put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Wildcat Aerobatic Team put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Ulster Gliding Club put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Ulster Gliding Club put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Ulster Gliding Club put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Katie and Joanna McIlwrath on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Creery Family pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Veronica Witulskaa and Ben Fullerton at the Red Arrows display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Wildcat Aerobatic Team put on a display during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Paul Young in the Ulster Aviation Society Spitfire on display in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Airwaves Portrush
Hannah Petrie keeps an eye on the skies during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Robert McMaster from the North Antrim Model Aircraft Club with his model plane in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Grant, Abigail and Freya Robinson in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Static displays in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Aspiring pilot Kayden Shields pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Roger, Margaret and Luke McGuggan in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Kayleigh and Grace pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Trudy Hayes, Mia Hayes and Josie Brennan pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Aspiring pilot Kayden Shields pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Pictured during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Roger, Margaret and Luke McGuggan in Portrush during Airwaves 2018. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

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