Belfast Telegraph

Replica of historic plane the star attraction at Portrush air show

By Tess Davidson

A full-size replica of an aeroplane similar to the one that Ulster aviation pioneer Harry Ferguson flew from Magilligan Point over a century ago is set to be one of the highlights of this year's Air Waves festival at Portrush.

Ray Burrows of the Ulster Aviation Society (UAS) said his group is absolutely thrilled to be bringing its aircraft to the event for the first time.

Another highlight is set to be guest speaker William McMinn, the only living pilot to have flown a Ferguson design.

Causeway Coast and Glens Mayor Joan Baird said to hear him speak will be an honour.

"This preview event is a must for all aviation enthusiasts," she added. "We are delighted to showcase his beautifully-crafted replica plane at Air Waves for the first time. This is living history at its best."

The aeroplane has already featured heavily in the media, with both the aircraft and pilot McMinn playing key roles in the three-part BBC television series, "The Great Flying Challenge", first broadcast last autumn and hosted by Northern Ireland's own Dick Strawbridge. The Ulster Aviation Society will have at least four aircraft from its collection at Air Waves, including its Spitfire, a replica of one of the 17 paid for through a Belfast Telegraph reader appeal during World War II.

Air Waves will take place from September 2-3 and there will be a preview event at 8pm on Friday, September 1, at the Portrush Atlantic Hotel. Tickets are £5 each and are available at the hotel as well as the Tourist Information Centre in Portrush.

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