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Red Arrows to headline International Air Show on the North Coast

The world famous Red Arrows will be the headline attraction at an international air show on the North Coast this year.

The NI International Air Show 2022 is set to take place on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, in Portrush and Portstewart which will see a number of historic planes take to the skies above Co Antrim.

The event, organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, is the largest air show on the island of Ireland this year and will form part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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To mark the return of the hugely popular event, it's moving to a new location along the 3-mile coastal stretch between Portrush and Portstewart, offering visitors panoramic views and a chance to get closer to the attractions in the sky.

The Red Arrows will headline the opening day of the show to perform their trademark formations, close-passes and dynamic loops.

Launching the NI International Air Show 2022, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the NI International Air Show 2022, formerly Air Waves Portrush, is returning to the Causeway Coast and Glens after a three-year absence.

“The Air Show is a firm family favourite and this year we want to ensure it’s bigger and better than ever before with a packed programme of aerial displays and a whole host of family- friendly entertainment on the ground.”

“We have already secured a show-stopping line-up of world-famous aviation attractions with further displays of renowned aerobatic teams and fast jets to be announced over the coming months.

“Our new 3-mile coastal location between Portrush and Portstewart will provide a spectacular backdrop with lots of live music, local produce, static aircraft displays and family fun, and the not-to-be-missed STEM Village, ensuring there is something for everyone."

The fast and furious Typhoon will appear on both days demonstrating its rip-roaring power with a collection of jaw-dropping manoeuvres, along with the Battle of Britain Memorial trio of Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane performing their mesmerising flypasts.

The exciting STEM Village will make a welcome return and bring together word-class local employers and education providers aimed at inspiring young people to consider a STEM orientated career with interactive, fun and engaging displays and tasks.

Along the breath-taking coastal route, a wide range of captivating and family friendly activities will expand the entertainment offering to include an array of vintage aircraft, live music, trade stands, a fun zone, artisan food markets and arts and crafts stalls.

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