Anyone else going to Portrush
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    Anyone else going to Portrush

    by Hornet » Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:52 pm

    Just wondering if anyone else is going to the NI airshow at portrush this year? Looks like a good show with the raf sending the Typhoon, Harrier ,Red Arrows, Hawk and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight sending the Lancaster Spitfire and the Hurricane. You wont see them so close to home except here.... Saturday the 2 of sept is the only day the Battle of Britain flight will be there.....So thats the day i'll be there.... Nothing like the roar of 6 merlin engines to get the hairs to stand on the back of your neck :D lol Also the roar of a Typhoon with full afterburners to get all the hair on your body to stand up :wink: lol if you want to check the aircraft the RAF are sending the address is http://www.raf.mod.uk/displays06/as_sep06.html
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    by Hornet » Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:57 pm

    Almost forgot!!!! the Falcons will be there too... Thats the RAF parachute display team so they will probably have a Hercules with them.. And he usually gives a few low passes once the team are on the ground....
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    by casper » Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:06 am

    Yea I'll be there but only on the Sunday :(

    The full list (so far) is:
    Flying Display:
    Eurofighter Typhoon
    Harrier
    Blue Eagles
    Battle Of Britian Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane) - Saturday only
    RAF Falcons - Both days
    Red Arrows - Sunday
    Antonov AN2 "Baltic Bear"
    2 Excel display team - Northern Ireland debut of the 4 plane display
    RAF Hawk
    Utterly Butterly Barnstormers - Portrush debut of the 4
    plane display
    Skybolt
    Bird Dog L19 - Portrush debut!
    Royal Aircraft Factory SE5
    Ulster Gliding Club
    Pitts Special
    Piper Arrow
    Messerschmitt Me108
    Nanchang
    Husky Float Plane
    Lake Amphibian
    Spirit of Endeavour', a homebuilt GlaStar


    Static Display:

    Puma
    Gazelle

    Should be a good weekend :)
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    by casper » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:38 pm

    Merlin has just been added to the display list (both days)
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    PC7s Replaced for Portrush Air Show

    by Michael Gilligan » Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:34 am

    I see on their website that the Air Corps PC7 display has been removed from the display line-up and they have been replaced by a Cessna flypast.

    Anyone know why this has happened?

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    by casper » Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:11 pm

    Haven't heard why. I've fired of an email to one of the organisers. Hopefully get something back
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    by casper » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:27 am

    Well just got word back that there has been a swap but no reason given (to me).
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    by Michael Gilligan » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:04 pm

    Thanks Casper, I think you will find its because they are now going to the Belgian Defence Days at Beauvechain for the Military show there on September 2nd & 3rd.

    Shame really as it would have been nice to see them at Portrush. The Cessnas wont do much on the day.

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    by casper » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:05 pm

    Just looking at a few sites listing aircraft for the Belgian Defence Days. One or two of them seem to be out of date and list the Merlin in the flying display, but the official site doesn't list it. Seems Portrush may have lost the PC-7s to them but gained their Merlin :)
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    by alphaLaura » Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:09 pm

    Aw wow, there's a Harrier display. Not sure I could make it though.
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    by Michael Gilligan » Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:48 pm

    Was going to go up at the weekend but the weather forecast is looking pretty poor, wet and windy with lower temps than at present.

    Have to feel sorry for anyone doing anything outdoors in this Country as you cannot depend on the weather.

    I hope they are wrong with the forecast.
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    by K Byrne » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:55 pm

    I will be there rain,sleet,or snow, much better line up than salthill and irish debut of the eurofighter :D
    Cant wait for the weekend,rock on
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    by Flyer1 » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:03 pm

    Just noticed, I see a Piper Arrow in that list.

    Can't imagine that being the most interesting thing in the world to watch.
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    by casper » Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:25 am

    much better line up than salthill

    I'll agree that the line up looks better than Salthill, but I liked Salthill because all the flying was crammed into 3 hours, with very little waiting about between displays. Portrush is over 5 hours and there can be some waiting around :(
    But I'll be there no matter what the weather's like. :)
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    by Michael Gilligan » Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:09 am

    Well K Byrne I cannot see what is more exciting at Portrush V Salthill their lineup for this year is below, they only thing would be the Typhoon the harrier was at Salthill last year.

    2006 Flying Display
    Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team - The Red Arrows
    Royal Air Force Hawk Solo Display
    Royal Air Force Team Merlin Display - Merlin HC.3
    RAF Shorts Tucano T.1
    2Excel Display Team
    US Air Force F-15 Eagle
    Irish Air Corps Pilatus PC-9M
    Irish Air Corps CASA CN235-100MP Persuader
    Irish Air Corps Eurocopter EC135P2
    Irish Air Corps Aerospatiale SA316B Alouette III
    Irish Air Corps Reims Cessna FR172H Rocket
    Irish Air Corps Learjet 45
    Garda Air Support Unit Eurocopter EC135
    Garda Air Support Unit Defender
    Eddie Goggins Extra 200
    Coast Guard Sikorsky S-61N
    Irish Army Parachute Team, The Black Knights

    By the way dont forget that not all the display aircraft are on both days, the Red Arrows Sunday only, Battle of Britian flight Saturday only.

    Sad to say I am a fine weather aviation fan only, if Salthill was bad this year I would not have gone down, but I do admire all you hard core Air Show guys.
    Michael Gilligan

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