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Legendary 'Mighty Jug' gives powerful performance for Air Waves Portrush finale

Some of the aircraft on show at Air Waves Portrush 2019.
Some of the aircraft on show at Air Waves Portrush 2019.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
The highly anticipated P-47-D Thunderbolt at Air Waves Portrush
The highly anticipated P-47-D Thunderbolt at Air Waves Portrush
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Wing Walkers pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Scout pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye

Spectators turned out in their thousands to see the legendary P-47-D Thunderbolt on the last day of Air Waves Portrush.

Affectionately known as the 'Mighty Jug’, the plane made its first ever appearance in Portrush on Sunday.

It was the second day of the largest free air show on the island of Ireland, which wooed the crowds despite challenging air conditions over the weekend.

The OV-10 Bronco gave spectators a smoke-filled performance which rounded off daredevil manoeuvres from The Global Stars and Team Raven on Saturday.

Sunday’s show also included a vintage display by the Belfast built RAF Tucano, flying for its final year before decommissioning, and a poignant Battle of Britain

Vietnam veteran helicopters Huey and Loach participated in a commemorative Poppy Drop onto East Strand beach.

It rounds off a weekend of activity in Portrush, where live music, entertainment and a motor village kept visitors busy.

The Ulster Gliding Club gave the chance to get up close and personal with a static glider.

Static military displays included an impressive static Typhoon aircraft and the Ulster Aviation Society’s must-see collection of vintage aircraft.

The Ulster Military Vehicle club showcased an armoury of combat cars to mark its 20th anniversary that included an eight-ton Combat Reconnaissance Light Tank (Sabre) and a selection of GI Army jeeps and an RAF Hillman staff vehicle.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Adam Magee from Lisbellaw pictured in a Spitfire at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim.
Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar.
Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Adam Magee from Lisbellaw pictured in a Spitfire at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Sharon McConnellogue, Eileen Fox, Alex, Charlie, Sophie and Gary McConnellogue pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Gill, Hannah, Zach, and Craig Lyttle from Belfast pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Sharon McConnellogue, Eileen Fox, Alex, Charlie, Sophie and Gary McConnellogue pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Thomas Wolff from Wimbledon pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Hubert from Poland pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Matthew, Hannah and Adam Magee from Lisbellaw pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Ross and Gemma Graham with Eva, Sol, and Mia Graham from Newtownabbey pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Ross and Gemma Graham with Eva, Sol, and Mia Graham from Newtownabbey pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Matthew, Hannah and Adam Magee from Lisbellaw pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Spectators pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Riley, Zoe, and Ethan Balmer pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Riley, Zoe, and Ethan Balmer pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Spectators pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Daisy and Millie Neill from Annaghmore pictured at the Almac stand in the STEM village Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Spectators pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Spectators pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Members from the Ulster Gliding Club pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Spectators pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Daisy and Millie Neill from Annaghmore pictured at the Almac stand in the STEM village Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Geraldine Edwards, Declan Gallagher, and Tommie-Leigh McColgan from Strabane pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Laurie McCay pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Ulster Gliding Club tug plane and glider pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Ulster Gliding Club pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - James Evans from Lisburn pictured with some of his model planes at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Autogyro at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Phillip and Mila Rankin from Belfast pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Gill, Hannah, Zach, and Craig Lyttle from Belfast pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Holly, Helen, and James Byers from Bangor pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Wing Walkers pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Yak 3 pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Wing Walkers pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Irish Coast Guard S-92 and RNLI Lifeboat pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Wing Walkers pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Wing Walkers pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Yak 3 pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Yak 3 pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Wing Walkers pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - Yak 3 pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Irish Coast Guard S-92 pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 31st August 2019 - The Irish Coast Guard S-92 and RNLI Lifeboat pictured at Air Waves in Portrush, County Antrim. Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, with support from Tourism NI, Air Waves Portrush is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland events calendar. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye

It was rounded off by a twilight pyrotechnic aerial display in Portstewart by The Global Stars with fireworks to close the days' family entertainment.

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