Foynes Air Show is expected to soar to new heights this July as the show will once again be part of Aviation Ireland, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority.
Foynes Air Show will again join forces with the long established Bray Air Display in Wicklow, bringing more aircraft, thrills and visitors than ever before to Foynes on Saturday July 28th 2018.
Foynes Air Show is a Free Event to be enjoyed by all, while helping to preserve our aviation history for future generations.
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 is also the home of Irish Coffee.
Transatlantic aviation in the Shannon Estuary first commenced, with a seaplane base at Foynes. Pan-Am Airlines 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.
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.
The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum is housed in the original Terminal Building in Foynes. Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945 and Foynes Airport was known as Shannon Airport during that time.