Friday 23 February 2018

Daredevil acrobats fly high on a wing and a prayer

Wing Walker Danielle Hughes
Wing Walker Danielle Hughes

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among those flying high as he attended the Foynes Airshow in Co Limerick this weekend.

Close to 20,000 people gathered in Foynes to see daredevil aviation acrobatics as the 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial flight was marked in the west Limerick town.

Danielle Hughes of the Breitling Wing Walkers was perched precariously on the wings, while 'Aer Dynamics' left the crowds speechless with their loop-the-loops.

As part of the proceedings, the Taoiseach unveiled a memorial plaque to celebrate the first flight, the Pan American Airways 'Yankee Clipper', landing at the first Shannon Airport in July 1939.

The event also saw the Air Traffic Control tower at Foynes operated for the first time since the airbase closed in 1945.

Minister Michael Noonan, minister Jimmy Deenihan and TD Patrick O'Donovan were also in attendance.

The weekend ended with a bang with the Sky Pyro Show and a fireworks display over the river and harbour.

Irish Independent

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