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.


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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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***** Newcastle Date Confirmed *****

(Repost of earlier post)

***** Newcastle Date Confirmed *****

This is the news you have been asking for! Festival of Flight Airshow returns to Newcastle, Co Down on Saturday the 5th of August.

The festival itself will run over 2 days, Friday 4th & Saturday 5th August and the airshow itself will be on the Saturday.

I know many of you have been asking for the dates, we have known the date for quite a while, and it has been mentioned on a few event websites in the last few weeks, however we were unable to post until we got official confirmation.

The confirmation came yesterday via Discover Northern Ireland, and the news is the Festival of Flight will once again take off on Saturday 5th August.

As of right now no aircraft have been confirmed to the public. As soon as we hear anything, and are able to do so, we will let you know!!

Full Press Release

The Festival of Flight 2017 will once again launch a full programme of thrilling events in Newcastle, County Down 4th & 5th August with the airshow taking place on Saturday 5th August 2017.

The airshow is the centre piece of the Festival where the crowds watch in awe as the sky over Dundrum Bay is filled with the roar of engines. There will also be a programme of amazing displays throughout the afternoon with the Aviation Village so come early and book your space!

The Festival of Flight is one of the major highlights in Northern Ireland’s event calendar, attracting many thousands of visitors.

Keep an eye on the website for full programme of events.

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Update on Newcastle 2017

Hi folks, we hope you had a great Christmas and New Years.

We have been getting a lot of questions lately as to when the 2017 B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight will take place.

Right now there IS a date in place and some sites are reporting this date, however we understand this is still a provisional date and therefore we are reluctant to post this date until officially confirmed by Down Festivals themselves, or when aircraft start to confirm the dates.

The reason we won’t post the date until we start to get confirmations is due to people looking to book hotels etc. We don’t want to say a date, only for it to change before being officially confirmed.

But yes, from what we have been told there is a date in place that I personally believe is 99.999% accurate. We will publish the date as soon as Down Festivals/Visit Mourne or the Aircraft schedules confirm the date.

As we are not officially connected to the council, we have to take extra measures to ensure the information we give out is 100% accurate.

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