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Fireflies Aerobatic Team

Supported by Costco, The Southport Air Show, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1RX

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Fireflies Aerobatic Team


The Fireflies perform in two Van's RV4s. The Van's series of sport aircraft are by a long way, the most successful line of build-it-yourself kit planes on the planet. Well over 9,000 RV's have taken to the skies around the world and the RV4's that the team fly are a development of the original, single seat RV3.

Weighing in at an empty weight of approximately 500kg the RV4 is about a third the weight of a VW Golf but it's fitted with a 5.3 Litre 160HP engine giving it performance like a hot-rod. Normal cruising speed is about 160 mph but we don't do normal, so during the display the Fireflies make the most of the entire flight envelope and will be travelling at everything from zero to over 200 mph.

On Friday Night they will be fully aerobatic for their dusk display, with the use of pyrotechnics. This creates a truly unique spectacle that only a handful of people in the world are able to provide.


Stall Speed      48 mph

Cruise Speed   170-190 mph

Max Speed      210 mph


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