RAF Red Arrows
The RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, is one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the Team is the public face of the service.
RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster (No longer scheduled)
The RAF BBMF Lancaster, PA474, is currently painted to represent an aircraft which served with No 617 Squadron after the Dams Raid.
Update: Sadly due to an engine fire, the BBMF have said the Lancaster will not be back in the air until the last week of August at the earliest, meaning it is out of Newcastle this year)
BBMF Hurricane and Spitfire
Replacing the Avro Lancaster at the B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight in Newcastle will be the BBMF Fighters, the Spitfire & Hurricane duo.
The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time, designed and built for war. It was at the forefront of Britain’s defence in 1940 and it played a major part in achieving the victory of 1945. The Hurricane was the first British monoplane eight-gun fighter, the first RAF aircraft to exceed 300 mph in level flight and the first production fighter with a retractable main undercarriage.
As for the Spitfire, it was produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War, 20,341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants (excluding the navalised Seafire) and the aircraft remained in production for 12 years. The Spitfire played a major part in achieving ultimate victory in World War Two and truly deserves its place as probably the most successful fighter design ever, and certainly as the most famous and charismatic of all time.
The Typhoon Display is flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby. It showcases the incredible performance of the aircraft and also demonstrates the dedication, professionalism and excellence of the RAF personnel who fly, maintain and support Typhoon operations in the UK and across the world.
Team Raven (A 5 ship Aerobatic formation display team with 1 RV4 and 4 RV8 aircraft. ) have confirmed on their Facebook they will display. Formed in 2014 and now in their 2nd display season they will be making their debut in Northern Ireland having displayed before in the Republic of Ireland. The Team name ‘Raven’ came from a play on the letters ‘RV’ and makes more sense if written ‘RaVen’ as per the badge on the sides of the aircraft fuselages. (Photo taken from Team Raven facebook)
The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War. It was adapted as an interim long-rangeand night fighter, pending the availability of the Beaufighter. It was one of the first British aircraft to have all-metal stressed-skin construction, retractable landing gear, flaps, a powered gun turret and variable-pitch propellers. This is the only one in the world that is flying after a lengthy restoration effort. (Photo IWM Duxford)
Modified Pitts Special
Consolidated PBY Catalina
The Consolidated PBY Catalina was an Americanflying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations.
During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions
Irish Historic Flight
The Irish Historic Flight will fly with 3 Chipmunk aircraft and an Iolar Dragon. The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. The de Havilland Chipmunk was the first postwar aviation project of de Havilland Canada.
The Iolar Dragon is EI-ABI and was built in 1936, coincidentally the same year Aer Lingus commenced scheduled operations. The inaugural service of the Irish Airline Aer Lingus was provided by a DH.84 Dragon, registration EI-ABI and named Iolar, which means “Eagle” in the Irish language. For the 50th anniversary of the airline in 1986, a replacement Dragon was acquired, restored, reregistered as EI-ABI and repainted as the Iolar (Photo from Irish Historic Flight Facebook)
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