A World War Two Russian fighter plane – the Yakovlev Yak 3-U – was the star of the show as thousands of people were thrilled by a spectacular array of thrilling flying displays and a host of land-based family entertainment at the opening day of Air Waves Portrush.

The display from the World War Two Russian fighter plane dazzled spectators with a show of power and manoeuvrability as it made its first ever appearance in Portrush.

The stellar line-up of world-famous aviation attractions, organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, also included the OV-10 Bronco which gave spectators a smoke-filled performance of agility.

The Global Stars and Team Raven gave a showcase of their daredevil manoeuvres and the AeroSuperBatics Wing Walkers performed their breath-taking aerial gymnastics.

The mighty American-built flying boat, the Catalina, gave a vintage exhibition of controlled flying and the Irish AirCorps CASA Maritime aircraft performed a series of dramatic flypasts. The Irish Coast Guard demonstrated its search and rescue capabilities over the Atlantic Ocean.

On the ground, a spectacular array of ground-based activities and events provided first class visitor entertainment for the entire family including; live music, street entertainment, fun zone, and Motor Village.

The Ulster Aviation Society and the Ulster Military Vehicle Club displayed their collections of vintage flying machines and vehicles.

The STEM Village, sponsored by Matrix NI, brought together a range of employers and education providers to showcase career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Saturday evening is all set for a stunning pyrotechnic aerial display in Portstewart by The Global Stars on Saturday evening that will include a packed programme of family entertainment, live music and a magnificent seafront fireworks display.

The line-up for Sunday will include a number of aviation attractions that were unable to make today’s show due to weather conditions, including the legendary P-47-D Thunderbolt and the Wild Geese Parachute team. The two-day event will end on Sunday with a poignant Poppy Drop onto East Strand.

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