Sunday 28 December 2014

Skyfest takes flight over Dublin

Published 15/09/2013 | 15:55

Thousands of spectators watch as Irish Air Corps PC9's and Casa aircraft fly over the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, In an international flypast in the skies above Dublin city. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m), 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. See PA story AIR Flightfest Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Thousands of spectators watch as Irish Air Corps PC9's and Casa aircraft fly over the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, In an international flypast in the skies above Dublin city. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m), 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. See PA story AIR Flightfest Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Thousands of spectators watch the Flightfest by the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, an international flypast in the skies above Dublin city. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m), 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. See PA story AIR Flightfest Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Irish Air Corps PC9's fly over the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, In an international flypast in the skies above Dublin city. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m), 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. See PA story AIR Flightfest Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Thousands of spectators watch as Irish Air Corps PC9's and Casa aircraft fly over the river Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, In an international flypast in the skies above Dublin city. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 15, 2013. Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m), 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. See PA story AIR Flightfest Ireland. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
FLIGHFEST HELD IN DUBLIN..... 15-9-13 ..... Pic shows the aerial display over Dublin city as a procession of planes pass up the Liffey in Dublin. Pic Maxpix 15-9-143

Thousands have flocked to Dublin for the biggest fly-past in Irish aviation history.

WELL over 100,000 spectators turned out to enjoy FlightFest over the River Liffey, which saw the world’s largest jumbo jet flying low over Dublin city centre.

The event - billed as the biggest fly-past in Irish aviation history - featured a large range of aircraft - from airbuses to world world II fighter planes and the graceful Catalina Flying Boat.

More run of the mill aeroplanes from the fleets of Aer Lingus, Ryanair, CityJet and even a DHL cargo carrier also took part.

Crowds of onlookers assembled along the banks of the Liffey were enthralled by the Miss Demeanour hawker Hunter and the F86 Sabre streaking down the course of the river, followed by the longest aircraft in the show, the Ethiad A340 carrier in eyecatchingly bright formula one colours.

The event began promptly at 2pm and continued until the final arrival of the main participant of the day - the world’s largest super jumbo, the gigantic British Airways A380, at 5.05pm.

Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pplanes coming in over the Pigeon House power station, Ringsend, pictured from Sandymount Strand British Airways Airbus A380 silhouetted over houses on Sandymount Strand
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Aircontractors Aircraft L382G Hercules. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House.
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Aircraft Air Corps CASA x 1 and PC9 x 2. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House.
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Hawker Hunter and Sabre. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Aircraft B17 Flying Fortress. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House.
FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House.
15/09/13 FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/09/13 FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/09/13 FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/09/13 FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/09/13 Air Corps at FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/09/13 Air Corps at FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/09/13 FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/9/13 Over a hundred thousand turn out for the Flightfest in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
15/09/13 FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
15/9/13 Over a hundred thousand turn out for the Flightfest in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
15/9/13 Over a hundred thousand turn out for the Flightfest in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
15/9/13 Over a hundred thousand turn out for the Flightfest in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
15/09/13 Matei Cojba (6) from Romania at FlightFest which took place in Dublin this afternoon,consisted of 30 aircrafts in which performed a once in a lifetime fly-past up the Liffey as far as the Custom House. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/COLLINS PHOTOS
No Repro Fee. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Communications, Leo Varadkar T.D. (left) with Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn and Captain Alan O'Regan, pictured onboard the Naval Vessel the Elle Emer as the minister officially opens the 2013 IAA FlightFest. Pic. Robbie Reynolds Spectators enjoying the ariel fun at the IAA FlightFest which took place on the River Liffey, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
No Repro Fee. Flypass. The B-17 Sally B, Captained by Peter Kuypers pictured in action at the IAA FlightFest which took place on the River Liffey, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
No Repro Fee. Waiting for their Plane! A Father and son shelter from the driving wind and rain as they take up there positions for the IAA FlightFest which took place on the River Liffey, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
No Repro Fee. Eyes on the Sky! A boy enjoying the ariel fun at the IAA FlightFest which took place on the River Liffey, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
No Repro Fee. Eyes on the Sky! Spectators enjoying the ariel fun at the IAA FlightFest which took place on the River Liffey, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
No Repro Fee. Eyes on the Sky! Spectators enjoying the ariel fun at the IAA FlightFest which took place on the River Liffey, Dublin. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
15/9/13 Over a hundred thousand turn out for the Flightfest in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
No fee for repro â“ please credit Paul Sherwood Flightfest â“ planes coming in over the Pigeon House power station, Ringsend, pictured from Sandymount Strand British Airways Airbus A380 silhouetted over houses on Sandymount Strand
No fee for repro â“ please credit Paul Sherwood Flightfest â“ planes coming in over the Pigeon House power station, Ringsend, pictured from Sandymount Strand British Airways Airbus A380

Four screens relayed the events to the crowd, and while spectators gathered all along the quays within the pedestrianised zone from Dublin Port, the largest numbers were assembled outside the Custom’s House.

Music acts, face painters and street performer on stilts and dressed up as foxes in aeroplanes provided entertainment throughout the day.

Organisers said attendance at the event had more than surpassed their expectations.

Nicola Anderson

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