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Giant plane thrills airshow crowd

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Thousands of people gathered to watch spectacular aerial displays

The world's largest commercial airliner, the Airbus A380, has taken to the skies over NI for the first time.

The massive aircraft, which is taking part in the NI International Air Show at Portrush, gave a display not normally seen in commercial flying.

Airbus, which holds 525 passengers, also staged a fly-past over Belfast and the City Airport.

More than 250,000 visitors are expected to visit the seaside town over the two days of the air show.

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High in the sky - the Airbus A380 Picture: Bernie Brown

Visitors also witnessed a display by the famous Red Arrows team, which also closes the show on Sunday.

The Eurofighter Typhoon will be on show on Sunday in its only public display in Ireland this year.

More than 20 aerial displays are being staged each day by jets, historic aircraft and privately-owned planes.

A beach landing will be enacted by Royal Marine Commandos operating from ships in the bay.



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