2018 Air Display
The 2018 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:
Gerry Humphreys, aka “The Flying Farmer”, will display his Vans RV7 “Flying Cow”, a homebuilt 2-seat sport aeroplane powered by a 5-litre 150 Horsepower engine with a top speed of 200 mph and a 1,000 mile range at cruise. It took Gerry 5 years to complete and has now done over 1500 hours since it first flew in 2007. It is a small, fast plane and is fitted with strobe lights and a smoke system which, along with the “Friesian Cow” paint-scheme, really make it stand out. Gerry’s display today will include loops, rolls, spins and slow flying, demonstrating the total performance of the Vans design that has led to its worldwide popularity. Gerry is a board member of the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and has logged over 11,000 flying hours. EI HUM was the first of its type to be built and flown in Ireland.
Andrew Fenton displays his beautiful homebuilt Christen Eagle II biplane from Sligo. The Eagle II is built by Aviat Aircraft, Inc. of Wyoming, who also manufacture the Pitts, and it’s performance capabilities make it flyable in advanced aerobatic competition. It is powered by a single 200 HP Lycoming AEIO-360-A1D driving a Hartzell HC-C2YK-4/C7666A Constant Speed prop. The aircraft is capable of a top speed of 184 MPH and has a cruise range of 389 miles. According to the manufacture, it is capable of flying inverted for an unlimited length of time! Photo: Frank Grealish / IrishAirPics.com ®
This year we are joined again by Catalina flying boat G-PBYA. Last year marked 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
Eddie Goggins, aka “The Flying Dentist”, is a dentist from Cabinteely in Dublin. He had his first flying lesson at age 18, and his main love has always been aerobatics. He is one of the few aerobatic instructors in Ireland. Drawn to the competitive world, he did his first air show in 2000 and went on to become a 5 time Irish aerobatic champion. Let’s all wish him good luck, as next month he will be representing Ireland at the European championships in The Czech Republic. Today he 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!
The BAC167 Strikemaster was built at BAe Warton from 1969 until 1986 as a light ground attack aircraft. This 2-seat light jet trainer is originally from the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force. Fitted with a single but robust Rolls Royce Viper 535 engine, this is a very capable aircraft, delivering a top speed of 450 knots and a service ceiling of 35,000 feet making for an exciting, fast, low-level jet aerobatics display with smoke.
This aircraft is one of two Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft currently operated by The Air Corps. These aircraft entered service in 1994 and operate seven days a week, usually in the off shore maritime patrol arena, so we are indeed fortunate to have one visit the show. Working in close conjunction with the Naval Service, the two Casa CN 235 aircraft provide an aerial platform for patrolling the Irish Economic Zone, an area of approximately 132,000 square miles or 16% of the total EU sea fisheries. The Casa carries a crew of 5 and is powered by 2 General Electric CT7-9C turbo props which provide a service range of 1,440 nautical miles at a cruise sped of 180 Knots.
The Air Corps currently operates seven Pilatus PC-9M aircraft. These aircraft first entered service in 2004 and operate as the main pilot training aircraft for the Air Corps. Also capable of close air support, the PC-9M is equipped with a comprehensive, fully tandem-capable VFR/IFR avionics package for navigation, communication and identification, using state of the art equipment. The PC-9M features modern avionics including a Head Up Display (HUD) and Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS) where primary instruments are displayed. The aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-62 turbo prop that provides a range of 850 nautical miles at a cruise speed of 275 knots.
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.
Irish aviation will be celebrated at the event by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation flying their famous Chipmunk trainers.
EX-RAF pilot flying a highly-modified Pitts S2S Biplane capable of spectacular unlimited aerobatics. The original Pitts was designed by Curtis Pitts and first flew in 1945. G-EWIZ is a Pitts S2S, one of only 30 aircraft ever built. Most were certified production Aircraft, but a few, including G-EWIZ were home built from factory kits. G-EWIZ is powered by six cylinder, 8.5 litre engine, producing over 300HP. It has a flying weight of 700 Kg, a top speed of over 200 mph and capable of pulling plus 6 g and minus 5g. Richard is passionate about building and flying Biplanes and G-EWIZ has been modified specifically for aerial entertainment at air shows.
Patrouille Tranchant, a Celtic jet team from Brittany, France flying four Fouga will take part following their first appearance in Foynes last summer.
Formed in 2010 out of a mutual love of aerobatics by pilots Al Coutts and Willie Cruickshank, the Wildcats are seen regularly at shows in the UK, the Channel Islands and northern Europe. Their display comprises formation loops, rolls, stall turns, an opposing knife edge pass at a closing speed is in excess of 400mph! Photo: Chris Taylor Photography
This North American TF-51D Mustang was manufactured in 1945 and is the only dual-control P-51 Mustang is the only of its type in the UK. Built too late to see combat service in World War Two, P-51D 44-84847 was one of the last Mustangs constructed at North American Aviation’s Dallas, Texas, plant. She served with the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Kimpo, South Korea, during the Korean War. Back in the US, she served with the Air National Guard until around 1956. The airframe underwent a full restoration in 1999 with the decision made to modify her to two-seat TF-51D configuration. The Packard Merlin V-1650-7 provides plenty of power for an exciting air demonstration.
Our ME-109 on display today is actually the world’s only surviving Hispano HA-1112-M4L two seat dual control Buchon G-AWHC. It was manufactured by La Hispano Aviacion in the 1954 and was essentially a Messerschmitt BF109G with a British Rolls Royce Merlin 500/45 engine installed. The Spanish Air Force operated the aircraft until late 1965 when it was then placed in storage. It was made airworthy again and painted in the Battle of Britain “Red 11” colour scheme for the film “The Battle of Britain”, filmed in December 1968. The aircraft has a complete set of controls in the relatively spacious rear cockpit and presents the only opportunity to fly in a Messerschmitt 109 anywhere in the world.
Note that the order of the displays is subject to change due to conditions.
We look forward to seeing you on the 28th of July!