The Foynes Air Show started in 2014 with the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum’s 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial passenger flight that took place to Foynes. The Air Show has now become an annual event, and the 2016 date has been set for Sunday, 17th July. One of the main supporters of the Foynes Air Show is the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as part of its “#AviationIreland” campaign to promote aviation across the State. The IAA also supports the Bray Air Display which takes place on Saturday 22nd July and on Sunday 23rd July.
Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority said, “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.”
Foynes and the region have a strong association with international aviation, and Foynes is the home of the only Flying Boat Museum in the world housing the only replica of B314 flying boat. . Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945, and Foynes Airport was known as Shannon Airport during that time. Foynes is also the home of Irish Coffee
Transatlantic aviation in the Shannon Estuary first commenced, with a seaplane base at Foynes. Pan-Am Airlines had commissioned Charles Lindbergh, who had made the first solo flight to Europe in 1927, hot on the heels of Alcock and Brown who had beaten him to it in 1919, to find a suitable base for their flying boat service from New York to Ireland. Foynes, on the Shannon estuary, was chosen as the nearest European landfall. The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum is housed in the original Terminal Building in Foynes. Pam Am’s first commercial flying boat the ‘Yankee Clipper’ landed at Foynes in 1939. The 2000 mile journey had taken just over 25 hours, which was incredible compared to the 8-9 days it was taking by sea at the time.
Foynes Air Show is a thrilling and exciting Air Show of an international standard, coupled with the rich aviation history of Foynes and its location on the Wild Atlantic Way providing a spectacular backdrop to the display.
For information about the museum please visit http://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/