2017 Air Display
The 2017 programme is now being finalised. A list of the air display participants to date can be found below. Special thanks to Frank Grealish of IrishAirPics.com who provided all the photos below, unless otherwise noted. We will be releasing details of of more displays over the coming weeks:
F-18 jet, Spanish Airforce: This will be our first appearance by the exciting Spanish display team. represented by Captains Herrera and Agulló, both based at Zaragoza airbase in Spain.
New this year, the Ravens, a six-ship RV4/8 Aerobatic formation display team based in the UK, will bring drama to the skies over Limerick.
Norway is again represented by this MiG-15, N104CJ.
Dave Bruton is flying the amazing Sukhoi SU-26. This is a 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.
Norway will be presenting a pair of Vampire jets.
This year we are joined by Catalina flying boat G-PBYA, marking the 80th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight, undertaken on July 5, when flying boat G-ADHM Caledonia, commanded by Capt. A.S. Wilcockson, took off from Foynes for Botwood in Newfoundland. Coming in the opposite direction on the same day was Capt. Harold Gray in the Pan American Sikorsky S42B N16736 Clipper III, which landed in Foynes before travelling on to Southampton. Photo: John Dibbs
The ‘Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’ will showcase Viggen jets – the Swedish single-seat, single-engine, short-medium range combat aircraft.
Irish aerobatic champion, Eddie Goggins, displays his incredibly versatile skills in his latest CAP 232. Click on the image above to watch the amazing video Eddie made for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
This 2-seat light jet trainer originally from the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force is flown by an ex-RAF pilot. Exciting, fast, low-level jet aerobatics with smoke.
Supermarine Spitfire FR XIV : The Supermarine Spitfire is universally regarded as one of the most iconic and recognised designs in aviation history. Mk XIV (G-SPIT) in today’s airshow is flown as a tribute in the markings of Johnnie Johnson, (JEJ) Johnson, who as a Wing Leader was entitled to personal code letters, and his aircraft were always marked JE-J. Johnson was the top-scoring Allied Ace of World War II and one of the highest decorated pilots to emerge from the War. With its distinct elliptical wing and the roar and brute force of the Rolls Royce Griffon 65 engine, the Spitfire is in a class of its own. And watch for a special surprise appearance of Seafire MK47 (G-BAUR) in this display! Learn more about this Spitfire…
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.
Andrew Fenton displays his beautiful homebuilt Christen Eagle biplane from Sligo.
Irish aviation will be celebrated at the event by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation flying Boeing Stearman and Chipmunk aircraft.
Another classic aircraft, this Stearman is also flown by the volunteers from the Irish Historic Flight Foundation.
EX-RAF pilot flying a highly-modified Biplane capable of spectacular unlimited aerobatics. Click on the image above for a great video of Rich and his Pitts Special in action.
Patrouille Tranchant, a Celtic jet team from Brittany, France flying four Fouga will take part following their first ever appearance in Ireland at the Bray show last summer.
Note that the order of the displays is subject to change due to conditions.
We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd July!