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F16 fighter to fly in for Portrush Airshow

An F16 fighter jet has been confirmed for last-minute inclusion in the Portrush Airshow.

The jet will soar high over the skies at the Northern Ireland International Airshow courtesy of the Belgian Air Force.

The new attraction will go some way to make up for the disappointment of losing the Red Arrows following a crash last week in which a pilot on the display team died.

Flt Lt Jon Egging (33) was killed when his Hawk T1 crashed following a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival on August 20.

The 10th anniversary of the International Airshow will take place next Saturday and Sunday, when over 200,000 people are expected to attend.

The Belgian F16 is a nimble jet and the display is one of the biggest crowd-pullers on the European aviation display circuit.

Coleraine mayor Maurice Bradley said Portrush is lucky to have attracted the F16: "I understand they had a choice between three locations during the first weekend in September and I am delighted to announce that they have chosen Northern Ireland."

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