Foynes looks to the skies

SIXTEEN dazzling acts and 29 stunning aircraft will take to the skies over West Limerick on Sunday July 22 for the Foynes Air Show.

Now in its fourth year, this spectacular three-hour show is being billed as the West of Ireland’s largest ever air show.

Spanish Air Force F-18 jets, British Spitfires, and Viggen jets flown by the Swedish Air Force are just a small sample of the daredevil acts unveiled this week as part of this exciting event, supported by the Irish Aviation Authority.

Made up of 16 awe-inspiring acts, this year’s show will not only look to the future of aviation with demonstrations from some of the world’s most modern aircrafts, but it will also pay homage to the past and the well documented aviation history of Foynes.

The Catalina Flying Boat will be on display during the air show this summer to mark the 80th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight.

“This is the biggest year ever for the Foynes Air Show. We have 16 acts coming from all across Europe, and visitors to the show will be amazed at the daredevil acrobatics of the skilled pilots and the impressive sight of some of the world’s most extraordinary aircrafts,” enthused director of the Foynes Air Show, Margaret O’Shaughnessy.

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Chief executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, Eamonn Brennan was equally excited.

“The Foynes Air Show has been a really great event in recent years and this year promises to be an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. 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,” Mr Brennan explained.

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by Alan Jacques