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The 10th annual airshow is to take place on the weekend of 4th and 5th September 2010. It will be, Portrush and will last for around five hours each day. On the Saturday the airshow will end with a performance by the Royal Air Force aerobatic team "The Red Arrows". Several of the aircraft taking part have not displayed in Northern Ireland before including a replica Spitfire, the iconic symbol of the 1940 Battle of Britain. A Messerschmitt will also take part as will a World War 1 SE5A biplane fighter from a 1917 design. The locally based Wild Geese parachute display team will jump onto the beach on both days.
In addition to the many civil aircraft involved such as the Hunter and Jet Provost ex-RAF aircraft, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota will give a display and there will be a role demonstration from an RAF Hawk advanced trainer jet.
A number of Irish pilots from both sides of the border will be participating in a variety of aircraft. For the first time at Portrush a gyroplane will take part showing the unique performance characteristics of these aircraft. An ASK21 glider from the Ulster Gliding Club at Bellarena will give an aerobatic display before landing on the beach and then being aerotowed back to its base behind a Piper Super Cub.
The Royal Marines will be participating with a Commando troop mounting a beach assault from the sea which will be opposed by others who have taken hostages from the crowd. They will also put on an unarmed combat demonstration on the beach.
On Sunday afternoon there will be a commemoration parade from British Legion branches in the province and a poppy drop will take place from the largest biplane in the world, a Russian Antonov AN-2. Religious leaders from many faiths will speak to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
An arena will contain a large number of entertaining ground based items to keep everyone happy. Many local businesses have stands and displays along with the armed forces.
It should be a fabulous weekend for all the family.
The event is being organised on behalf of the Coleraine Borough Council by Brownhut Enterprises.