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Thousands attend first day of Air Waves Portrush event

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
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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

Thousands of people descended upon Portrush for thrilling flying displays by some of the world's most famous aviation attractions at the opening day of Air Waves Portrush.

The line-up, organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, included the Typhoon, that boomed across East Strand in a captivating display of agility.

The Wildcat Aerobatics performed breath-taking aerial gymnastics and the mighty American-built flying boat, the Catalina, gave a vintage exhibition of graceful and controlled flying.

A new display for this year, the Swiss Classic Collection, also wowed crowds with their distinctive formations and crossovers.

On the ground, a spectacular array of ground-based activities and events provided first class visitor entire for the entire family including The STEM Village, street entertainment, play zone, Motor Village, and artisan marketplace. Portstewart hosted the Air Waves Concert, pyrotechnic air display and fireworks on Saturday evening. 

The line-up for Sunday will also include the world-famous RAF Red Arrows who will perform their trademark formations, close-passes and dynamic loops, as RAF Falcons, the UK's premier military parachute display team. The two-day event will end on Sunday with a poignant Poppy Drop onto East Strand.

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