Red Arrows display in Carrick

Red Arrows display in Carrick

Crowds gathered in Carrickfergus on Saturday to see the Red Arrows fly over Belfast Lough, marking Armed Forces Day.

The display in Co Antrim also commemorated 100 years since the first military aircraft arrived in Ireland, and the first formation flight over the Irish Sea.

More than 400 veterans were joined by Chelsea Pensioners and cadets to parade through the coastal town.

Visiting ships from the Royal Navy were also present, and those present also saw displays by the army, RAF and PSNI for the biggest ever coordinated military event in the town.

Back in 1913 the then Royal Flying Corps undertook its first ever overseas flight when five aircraft flew via Newcastle in Co Down to Limerick, in order to play a role in a large-scale command exercise at Rathbane Camp.

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