Newcastle Aircraft Profile day 1

Day 1 of our Newcastle Festival of Flight aircraft profile is the amazing Rich Goodwin and his very colourful Pitts Special Muscle Bi-Plane.
Now returning for the 3rd year in a row Rich Goodwin has become a firm favourite not just in Newcastle but all over the island of Ireland taking part in many shows over here in recent years.
G-EWIZ has been specially modified to provide the ultimate Biplane for Air Show displays, The modification programme has given this Biplane enhanced capabilities producing a unique style of Aerobatics you won’t see in many other aircraft.
The Pitts Special may surprise you if you have not seen the display before with her ability as looks are very much deceiving in this case, she is no ordinary prop aircraft.
Some of the manoeuvres you will see include
Harrier Flight. Hovering on the powerful MT prop.
Double hammer head.
Tower of power. Torque roll and backwards flight
High Alpha Knife edge flight
The centrifuge
As for the Pilot, flying has always been Rich Goodwin’s blood. His father flew the Hawker Hunter and Lightening jets for the RAF and Richard is a former Tornado pilot with the RAF after doing his training in the Hawk T1 (The same aircraft the RAF Red Arrows use) He is also a former pilot of Boeing aircraft.
We very much look forward to seeing Rich Goodwin once again at the Festival of Flight in Newcastle on the 5th August, it is one display you will not want to miss as it will leave you wanting more!
Information from various sources including Rich Goodwin Airshows and photo from ourselves in 2015 at Airwaves Portrush
Tomorrow we will profile another aircraft due to display at Newcastle in just under 2 weeks time!

Newcastle line up revealed

***** Newcastle Line up revealed *****
With just a month to go until the beginning of the Newcastle Festival of Flight more aircraft have been confirmed via Translink’s website. Translink are an official partner of the FoF.
First up one of the most talked about displays from the last few years will be returning to Newcastle when Rich Goodwin brings his Pitts Special to Newcastle for yet another fantastic display.
Mark Petrie will be returning in his Strikemaster jet which has proven to be very popular over the last couple of years adding a bit more jet power to the display. Mark Petrie always puts on a fantastic show.
Team Raven will be displaying in Newcastle in their Vans RV aircraft having attended the Festival of Flight since 2015. Last year their display became a 6 ship display and put on a great show.
The P51 Mustang, a WWII fighter will once again take to the skies having displayed in Newcastle in 2016 in very challenging windy conditions adding the sound of yet another Merlin engine to the Newcastle skies.
Finally The Global Stars will return to Newcastle in their Extra 300 and Cap 232 aircraft flown by Mark Jefferies, Tom Cassells, Chris Burkett, Steve Carver & Michael Pickin who are all British Champions.
global stars
Finally making a debut in Newcastle, a Piston Provost will add to the line up. Designed in the1950s as a replacement for the Percival Prentice. The Provost has the distinction of being the last piston-engine basic trainer aircraft to be operated by the RAF.
This adds to the already announced RAF Red Arrows, RAF Chinook, RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane and the debut of the Wildcat Aerobatic Display Team.
All photos our own with the exception of the Provost, full copyright of that photo belongs to Eric Fishwick. As of this moment it is not known what Provost will be at Newcastle and photo used for illustrative purposes..

Ulster Aviation Society return to Newcastle

The Ulster Aviation Society have confirmed on their FB they will be attending the Newcastle Festival of Flight on August 5th and will be bringing their Ferguson Flyer 1911 Replica to the static display to join the already confirmed Ulster Military Vehicle Club.

We expect further confirmed additions to the flying in the next few weeks  (Picture from UAS FB)

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Chinook to appear at Newcastle!

**** RAF Chinook for Newcastle ****

A fantastic addition to the 2017 Newcastle Festival of Flight was today announced by the RAF, and that is the RAF Chinook will be making its Newcastle debut on the 5th August 2017.

The RAF Chinook Display Team, based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, aims to demonstrate the RAF Chinook’s capability.

The Chinook display is one of the most talked about displays on the Airshow scene over the last few years and provides a magnificent display.

An amazing addition to Newcastle 🙂 Photo from RAF.…/displaydates.cfm

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Wildcat debut for Newcastle

**** Wildcat debut for Newcastle ****

This week the aerobatic team Wildcat Aerobatics released their 2017 schedule which included a debut display in Newcastle on the 5th August.

Wildcat Aerobatics fly two Pitts S2B aircraft in a pairs display which are flown just feet apart as they wow the crowd with close formation aerobatics.

The Wildcat Aerobatics team got great reviews from their Northern Ireland debut last September up in Portrush, and now its Newcastle’s turn to see just what they can do!

An exciting addition to the Newcastle Festival of Flight with plenty more to come 😉

Image not our own, from Wildcat Aerobatics website.

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*** Red Arrows return to Newcastle ***

*** Red Arrows return to Newcastle ***

The RAF Red Arrows have today released their schedule and they will once again be returning to Newcastle for the Festival of Flight on August 5th.

The Red Arrows were the first ever jet display at the Festival of Flight back at the first show in 2010.

They fly 9 Hawk T1 aircraft with Red, White & Blue smoke and are based out of RAF Scampton. The Red Arrows are recognised as one of, if not the best aerobatic display team in the world.

The Festival of Flight on August 5th will once again have the sound of jet engines around the Mourne Mountains!!


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** First Newcastle display confirmed **

The first confirmed display for the Newcastle Festival of Flight is the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who will be sending their newly painted Lancaster Bomber alongside a Spitfire and Hurricane to Newcastle on the 5th August.

The BBMF have become a regular fixture in Newcastle since their debut in 2013 and the Lancaster has been to Newcastle twice before, most recently last year when it displayed alongside two Spitfires!

The Hurricane will be making its Newcastle debut and it will be the first time Newcastle has seen the iconic trio together in the skies.

The Hurricane was originally scheduled to display with the Lancaster and Spitfire last year however due to operational reasons the BBMF sent a 2nd Spitfire (Not that this admin was complaining at the sight and sound of two Spitfires in Newcastle’s skies!!)

The Lancaster will however no longer be in the paint scheme known as ‘Thumper’ and will have a new paint scheme, a duel sided paint scheme for 2017 onwards.

On the right hand side we will see the markings of 50 Squadron code letters ‘VN-T’ representing Lancaster LL922. The Lancaster flown by the grandfather of the current BBMF OC Andy ‘Milli’ Millikin. The ‘City of Lincoln’ markings will be retained.

And on the left side we will see the markings of Lancaster BIII W5005 ‘AR-L’ “Leader” of 460 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron. There will also be a special nose art kangaroo in wellington boots playing bagpipes reflecting the mixed nationalities of the crew: Scottish, Welsh and Australian.

The BBMF confirmed the Newcastle display last night with the release of their schedule to the public, and on August 5th 2017 Newcastle will once again hear the sounds of 6 mighty Rolls-Royce Merlin engines!!


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