Saturday 25 October 2014

100,000 expected to see FlightFest

Published 26/08/2013 | 13:37

Robert Kennedy, six, Arona Romeri, four, and Leon Tully, five during a photocall in Dublin to launch FlightFest

More than 100,000 people are expected to line the quays for an international flypast in the skies above Dublin city.

Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m) over the River Liffey for FlightFest on Sunday September 15.

Organisers of the event, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Dublin City Council (DCC), have also joined forces with two charities to help raise funds on the day.

IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan said the level of interest in the flypast is growing by the day.

"This celebration of the aviation industry in Ireland has attracted the attention of people from all over Ireland and abroad," he said.

"So I would not be surprised to see 100,000 turning up for the event on the day.

"Thanks to the aircraft owners from all over the world, we will see the A380, the biggest aircraft in the world, fly up the Liffey with other aircraft representing almost every decade since 1930."

The Irish Air Corps, Irish Coast Guard, Royal Air Force and private operators will fly a variety of helicopters and aircraft on the day, including the Grace Spitfire ML407, Flying Fortress, Avro Vulcan and C-130 Hercules.

The British Airways' new superjumbo - the Airbus A380 - will join other large commercial carriers like Aer Lingus, Ryanair, FlyBe, Etihad and City Jet.

The sustained flypast through the capital will start at 2pm and take two hours to complete, with flights sequenced at five-minute intervals.

Organisers have teamed up with Temple Street Children's Hospital and Oribs, which flights blindness in rural Ethiopia, which will collect funds on the day.

The charities will also benefit from a text-based competition for return flights and accommodation to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Details are on www.flightfest.ie and facebook.com/flightfest.

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