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Published on March 15th, 2019 | by FII Reader

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Concordes’ only Irish Airshow

Following on from our Happy Birthday Concorde article on 2nd March, retired Kerry Aero Club CFI Patrick J Donovan sent us this short article about Concorde’s only Irish Airshow.


Outside of Shannon and Dublin Airports, Concorde also visited Kerry Airport, Farranfore as it was known in 1983. On the 5th August 1983, Air France Concorde F- BVFA did a fly past at Farranfore Kerry Airport for the annual airshow. The aircraft was enroute from Paris to Shannon for a week’s training in Shannon.

By prior arrangement the Concorde under Captain “Jacob” routed overhead Farranfore at 2000 feet and headed west towards Castlemaine. The Concorde then turned to do an approach to Runway 07, and continued its decent to overfly the runway at 50 feet with nose lowered and landing gear extended. Farranfore is the only location in the Republic of Ireland that a Concorde performed at an airshow.

This aircraft F-BVFA is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Patrick J Donovan

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