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Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer

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Rush Airshow 2018

The Rush Harbour Festival took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. As part of this event an airshow was held on the Sunday featuring many of the acts that displayed the previous week at Bray. By airshow standards the Rush air display is much more low key than Bray but this year it attracted some impressive acts including Richard Goodwin, the Irish Historic Flight, the Ravens, Andrew Fenton and a Boeing Stearman. The Garda Helicopter also made an appearance. Most of the aircraft operated out of Michael Bergin’s airstrip at Ballyboughal where a crowd of spectators gathered to watch the comings and goings. As usual the hospitality there was excellent and with just 4 minutes flying time to Rush it was the perfect location to host displaying aircraft. Frank Grealish from IrishAirPics.com got some fabulous photos from the event which we have included below. See also, Michael Bergin’s fantastic aerial photo of Ballyboughal featuring all of the aircraft that took part in the show.

Chipmunk 170 (EI-HFC) of the Irish Historic Flight flown by the author at Rush. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Chipmunks 168 (EI-HFA), 169 (EI-HFB) and 170 (EI-HFC) of the Irish Historic Flight. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Team Raven fly a mix of Vans RV4’s and RV8’s in close formation aerobatics. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Chipmunk 169 (EI-HFB) of the Irish Historic Flight flown by Alan Murphy. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Team Raven fly a mix of Vans RV4’s and RV8’s in close formation aerobatics. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Team Raven fly a mix of Vans RV4’s and RV8’s in close formation aerobatics. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Christen Eagle G-CFIF flown by Andrew Fenton. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Christen Eagle G-CFIF flown by Andrew Fenton. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Boeing B75N1 Stearman G-CJYK flown by Robbie Redmond. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Garda Helicopter 272 made an unscheduled appearance at the show much to the delight of spectators. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Team Raven parked up at Ballyboughal. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Team Raven. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

Aerial photo of some of the activity at Ballyboughal after the show. Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com

A fantastic shot of Ballyboughal Airfield featuring all of the participants of the 2018 Rush Air Display. Michael Bergin.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also 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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