Published on June 28th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Spectacular Line Up for Foynes Air Show

The weekend of 22nd and 23rd July will host two of the biggest air shows in the country, Bray and Foynes. Both are sponsored by the IAA under the #AviationIreland campaign to promote aviation across the State. 2017 will be fourth year of the Foynes show and it boasts an impressive line-up considering how new it is to the Airshow circuit.

One of the most recognisable planes of its generation – the Douglas DC-3 has been unveiled as the latest in a long line of iconic aircraft and acts to sign up for this year’s Foynes Air Show. This will be painted in the colours of Aer Lingus who operated the type in the 1950’s. Margaret O’Shaughnessy, Director of Foynes Air Show, announced that the newly refurbished DC-3, which revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.

Revealing a comprehensive list of events for Foynes Air Show 2017, Ms O’Shaughnessy said, “This year’s show in Foynes will be one of the biggest events to be held along the Wild Atlantic Way, with more than 32 of the world’s most famous and iconic aircraft taking to the skies over west Limerick. The 18 plus acts will be made up of dare devil displays from Europe’s most skilled military pilots, breath-taking aerobatics by Ireland and Europe’s most experienced aviators, as well as flybys by some of the world’s most historically significant aircraft.”

“We can also reveal today that the P51D Mustang and Strikemaster will be part of Foynes Air Show 2017.”

“For us here in Foynes – the home of Irish aviation – the most significant aircraft taking part in the show will be the Catalina. The Catalina flying boat G-PBYA, will mark the 80th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight, undertaken on July 5th, when flying boat G-ADHM Caledonia, commanded by Capt. A.S. Wilcockson, took off from Foynes for Botwood in Newfoundland,” she said.

The main supporter of the Foynes Air Show is the IAA as part of its #AviationIreland campaign to promote aviation across the State. Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA said, “Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country and this year under the IAA’s “Aviation Ireland” campaign we are supporting not just one but two spectacular air shows over the same weekend at Foynes and at Bray, making this year an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. We see this as a great avenue to raise the profile of aviation and to generate an interest in our industry.”

Foynes Air Show 2017 Line Up:

Douglas DC-3: This plane revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its impact on the aviation industry and its role in World War II make it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. This particular aircraft was first delivered to the USAAF in September 1943 before transferred to the RAF in 1944. After the war it served the South African Air force until 1981 when it was stationed at Langebaanweg Navigation School. It was the first DC 3 to be fitted with radar equipment while with the South African Air Force. The plane was sold to Aero Rebuilds in 1995 and then on to Springbok Classic Air in 2002.In 2009 the plane underwent a full restoration to flying condition. This work took place over 10 months with 4 people working on the plane. In 2015 it was bought by its current owner Mr. Peter Adrian of Trier in Germany where it is stationed at his home base of Zwiebrucken EDRZ.

F-18 jet, Spanish Airforce: This will be the first time that the exciting Spanish display team will perform at Bray represented by Captains Herrera and Agulló, both based at Zaragoza airbase in Spain.

Catalina flying boat: The Catalina flying boat G-PBYA, will make a notable return to the skies over Foynes, as it marks the 80th anniversary of when flying boat G-ADHM Caledonia made the historic crossing from Foynes to Botwood in Newfoundland in 1937.

Patrouille Tranchant: A Celtic jet team from Brittany, France flying Fouga aircraft Patrouille Tranchant pilot Hugues Duval became the first pilot in aviation history to cross the Channel on an electric powered “CriCri” aircraft on July 9th 2015.

Norwegian Vampires: The Norwegian air force historical squadron will demonstrate their Vampires

British Spitfire & Mustang: Vintage glamour will be on show with a spitfire and mustang in the skies over Foynes.

Irish Historic Flight Foundation: Commemorates aviation achievements as well as encouraging an interest in Irish aviation. Flying IOLAR and three Chipmunk aircraft.

The Ravens : A UK based formation aerobatic display team formed in May 2014 flying six RV aircraft.

The Viggen: Representing the ‘Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’ flying ‘Viggen’ aircraft.

SUKHOI SU 26: Dave Bruton will take to the skies in this single-seater no-compromise pure aerobatics plane from the former Soviet Union. First flown in 1984, the type has undergone many refinements over the years and has dominated Aerobatic World Championships since.

CAP 232: Irish aerobatic champion, Eddie Goggins, will display his incredibly versatile skills in this French designed AVIONS MUDRY CAP 232 and its 300 horse power, 9 litre, 6 cylinder engine.

Christen Eagle: Andrew Fenton will display his aerobatic sporting biplane Christen Eagle II which is very similar to the Pitts Special, and was designed by the same person – Frank Christensen.

Pitts Special S2S: The uniquely modified Muscle biplane of ex-RAF Tornado Pilot Rich Goodwin, is set to delight and leave visitors to Foynes Airshow in awe! ‘G-EWIZ’, which has been specially modified to provide the ultimate Biplane for air show entertainment.

Russian MIG-15: Designed in Moscow this particular aircraft was built in Poland in 1952 as a SBLim-2, and served in the Polish Air Force until 1990.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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