Gerry Humphreys returns to Newcastle

Returning to Newcastle for the first time since 2012 is Irish pilot Gerry Humphreys who has made a big name for himself with his fantastic displays in his Vans RV7 aircraft which has been named ‘The Flying Cow’ due to its unique paint scheme which is similar to a cows white and black.

EI-HUM Flying Cow has been a regular throughout Ireland for many years and EI-HUM Flying Cow also flies a mini Mig aircraft. Though it is unknown to me which aircraft he will be bringing to Newcastle on 11th August.

Gerry Humphresy is an ex RAF Harrier Pilot and qualified aeronautical engineer who built EI-HUM himself . He is very experienced with over 9500 hours logged in more than 90 different aircraft types.

Now, as well as running a farm Gerry flies professionally for Pacnet Air, a private aviation company based in the Isle of Man and is also a flying instructor with both the Atlantic Air Academy in Cork and the Limerick Flying Club at Coonagh where he taught his son Harry to fly. Gerry also flies seaplanes and he is a director of the Foynes Flying Boat & maritime museum.

It will be a barnstorming display when Gerry Humphreys returns to Newcastle! (Photo from 98FM And info from aerdynamics website.

One more display to be announced tonight.

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Irish Air Corps return to Newcastle

First up in todays confirmations is the Irish Air Corps who will be returning to Newcastle after a 1 year break with their CASA CN235 Maritime Patrol aircraft. These long-range aircraft patrol throughout the Irish exclusive fishery limits however will be repaced around 2019 by the Irish Air Corps.

The Irish Air Corps were unable to attend Newcastle in 2017 however will be providing excellent support this summer. Interestingly the Irish Air Corps CASA was the very first plane to display in the first Newcastle (Then Harry Ferguson) Festival of Flight back in 2010.

The CASA CN-235 is a medium-range twin-engined transport aircraft that was jointly developed by Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain and Indonesian manufacturer IPTN, as a regional airliner and military transport.

Its primary military roles include maritime patrol, surveillance, and air transport. Ireland took delivery of their 2 CASA aircraft in 1994

The CASA was last in Newcastle in 2015 and I look forward to seeing the maritime patrol aircraft once again.

We will have another confirmation later this evening! (Photos by myself )

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BBMF returns to Newcastle

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight returns to Newcastle!

Adding to the already fantastic RAF support to Newcastle on the RAF’s centenary year is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight who have been a regular in Newcastle since 2012. This has been confirmed with the release of the BBMF 2018 schedule.

Once again they will be sending the iconic trio of the Supermarine Spitfire, Hakwer Hurricane and the Avro Lancaster now known as ‘Leader’

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) operates from RAF Coningsby, a Typhoon and fighter base, in Lincolnshire.

The mission of the RAF BBMF is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition in order to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country, to promote the modern day Air Force and to inspire the future generations.

It will be great to see the Iconic trio back in the skies of Newcastle. The Lancaster is a personal favourite of mine and I am sure also with many of you!



Team Raven return to Newcastle

Team Raven have released their 2018 schedule recently and Newcastle will see the Raven’s return on August 11th.

Formed in 2014 and first displaying in Newcastle in 2015 Team Raven fly a mixture of Vans RV4 & RV8 aircraft and all aircraft are self built.

In 2016 Team Raven moved from a 5 ship display, to a more dynamic 6 ship display and have put on some great displays in Newcastle in the last few years.

It will be good to see the Raven’s once again fly in Newcastle on August 11th.


RAF Falcons swoop into Newcastle

The RAF Falcons parachute team released their schedule today and the listings included Newcastle on 11th August!

The RAF Falcons were last in Northern Ireland right here in Newcastle in 2014 and jumped from a Cessna Sky Caravan.

The Falcons are the official parachute team of the RAF and are based at based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team is the only centrally funded, professional, military parachute display team in the UK. Their exciting free fall display, which includes advanced manoeuvres, falling at speeds up to 120mph, and their famous unique non-contact canopy stack manages to captivate all spectators.

I look forward to seeing them once again in Newcastle this summer!


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Red Arrows return to Newcastle

** Red Arrows return to Newcastle **

The news a lot of you have been waiting for – The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the world famous Red Arrows will be returning to Newcastle on the 11th August.

The Red Arrows have been a regular fixture at the Newcastle Festival of Flight since the first show in 2010 having only missed 2012 (overseas tour) and 2015 (Technical issues)

It will be great to have the Red Arrows back in Newcastle this summer.


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Typhoon returns to Newcastle

*** RAF Typhoon to return ***

You wanted it, You got it! The 2018 Newcastle Festival of Flight will see the return of the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display!

The Typhoon was unable to display in 2017 due to being allocated to an RAF Family day & Squadron meet event but will once again roar through the skies of Newcastle on the 11th August.

It will be great to hear the Typhoon #BringTheNoise

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