*** RAF Chinook returns ***

Just announced a few minutes ago by the RAF Chinook team, they will be returning to Newcastle this summer on August 11th for another fantastic display!

The Chinook made its debut last summer and is one of the most requested displays we have had this year!

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.

Fantastic to have the Chinook back, the RAF have provided magnificent support to Newcastle this year, and that support does not end with the Chinook as the RAF National Aircraft tour will be providing several static aircraft to celebrate RAF 100.


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Wingwalkers & Vintage Pair debut in Newcastle!

The Aerosuperbatic Wingwalkers will be making their Newcastle debut on August 11th in their Boeing Stearman aircraft.

Anyone who has ever seen the aircraft knows what a magnificent sound the Stearman makes. Along with 2 gorgeous ladies on their wings doing acrobatics, they will put on a fantastic display in Newcastle!

The Boeing Stearman is a biplane used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.

After World War II, the thousands of primary trainer PT-17 Stearman planes were auctioned off to civilians and former pilots. Many were modified for cropdusting use, with a hopper for pesticide or fertilizer fitted in place of the front cockpit.

There are many examples flying still today, and mainly used for aerobatics at airshows.

Formerly known as the Breitling Wing Walkers, aerobatic is the only aerobatic formation wing-walking team and are seen by close to 6 million people each year!

Also listed for Newcastle is a ‘Vintage Pair’ while it is unknown as of writing this post what exactly this display is, it is thought to be 2 Chipmunk trainer aircraft.

One more announcement to come, a returning crowd favourite who has everyone gasping at his flying antics!

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Autogyro to make debut display in Newcastle

Today’s announcement is the addition of an Autogyro ‘Gyrocopter’ display for August 11th. However, as of writing this I am unsure as to who the aircraft operator is.

The Autogyro has been a popular display throughout the UK in recent years.

Autogyro’s were invented by Juan de la Cierva, only 20 years after the Wright Brothers first flight, they marked a departure from conventional fixed wing aircraft in an attempt to invent an aircraft that couldn’t stall.

The name autogiro was a Trade name for Cierva’s make of aircraft, nowadays, they are also known as gyrocopters, gyroplanes, and autogyro’s and just Gyro’s, they were the first rotary wing aircraft to fly successfully under full, safe control.

The rotor blades of the gyro are completely free wheeling in flight, being driven solely by the air going up through the rotor disk. There is no mechanical drive to the rotors in flight, the phenomenon of autorotation drives them, once airborne the rotors just look after themselves and keep spinning, even if the airspeed indicator is showing Zero!!

An autogyro was on the provisional list for the 2017 show however did not make the final list, so it will be nice to welcome another new display to Newcastle in 2018,

Photo for illustration purposes only. I am unsure as to who the operator is. Photo taken at Portrush 2015.

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Irish Air Corps add AW139 to Newcastle support

*** Irish Air Corps add Helicopter display to their Support of Newcastle ***

Our 2nd confirmation of the day, and our 2nd from the Irish Air Corps, who are providing excellent support this year is a Helicopter display from their AW139.

The Irish Air Corps AW139 displayed in Newcastle in 2016 for the first time and did an excellent fire fighting demo. They also had the aircraft on static before the display.

The Air Corps took delivery of its first two Agusta Westland AW139 aircraft in November 2006. There are currently six of the type in service.

The AW139 is a medium-lift twin-engine helicopter with a troop lifting capacity of up to 14 personnel in the normal configuration. In the cockpit the aircrew have a fully integrated digital avionics and cockpit display system, which includes an autopilot, a dual flight management system with GPS and a radio navigation system. The AW139 is utilised mainly in the army support role.

The first flight of an AW139 was on 3rd February 2001 and was originally designed and developed jointly by Agusta and Bell Helicopters and marketed as the Agusta-Bell AB139, it was redesignated the AW139 when Bell withdrew from the project.

We will have another couple of confirmations tomorrow!

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Andrew Fenton to make Newcastle Debut

One of the best displays on the Irish airshow circut has been added to the Newcastle Festival of Flight on August 11th.

Andrew Fenton will be making his debut here in Newcastle in his very colourful Christen Eagle coming from Sligo, this example was originally built in the USA and has been described as a sports car in the skies!

The sporting aerobatic biplane Christen Eagle II is very similar to the Pitts Special. The company who make the Eagle, Aviat, also own the rights to the Pitts Special.

Taking its first flight in 1977, the Eagle II is marketed in kit form for homebuilding. It set a new standard for completely documented homebuilding kits that revolutionised the homebuilding industry.

Andrew Fenton has delighted airshow go-ers throughout Ireland and it will be great to see his colourful aircraft display in Newcastle this summer!

Check back later today for our 2nd aircraft confirmation. (Picture from flying in Ireland – not our own)

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Blades to make Newcastle Debut

Our final announcement of the evening is a very exciting debuting team in Newcastle, The Blades Aerobatic display team!

The Blades Aerobatic Display Team is a full-time civilian display team. It is the only display team in the world that, in addition to flying air displays, also acts as an airline taking passengers on close formation aerobatic flights for unforgettable flying experiences.

The team is based at the Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire and were founded in 2005 by Andy Offer, a former leader of the Red Arrows, and Chris Norton, a Royal Air Force wing commander. There are eight pilots including five full-time display performers. All of the pilots are former members of the Royal Air Force and the aerobatic team all flew with the Red Arrows.

The team fly four Extra 300LPs and an Extra 330SC aircraft and in 2018 competed in the Red Bull Air Race for the first time.

The Blades made their debut performance in 2006 at a party held by David Beckham prior to the World Cup. Since then they have performed as part of the 80th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle, and at the Bahrain Grand Prix and Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

The Blades were last in Northern Ireland in 2015 at Portrush, so it is great to have them coming to Newcastle on August 11th!

More air displays to announce in the coming days!

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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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