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Sunday 20 April 2014

Skyfest takes flight over Dublin

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 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.

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.

Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. (Conor McCabe)
Pictured taken from North Wall Quay, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. (Conor McCabe)

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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