Thursday 22 February 2018

Sky's the limit with visit by Hurricane

Don Lavery

The roar of a Merlin engine in a classic Hawker Hurricane fighter -- the famous victor of the Battle of Britain which also served with the Irish Air Corps -- will be heard in Irish skies this summer for the first time in over 60 years.

A Hurricane fighter which actually fought in the battle and shot down five enemy aircraft will be one of the key attractions at the AirShow 100, which will be held on June 6 and 7 in Punchestown, Co Kildare.

It is the first big air show to be held in Ireland since the demise of the Galway Air Show which regularly attracted over 100,000 people.

The Hurricane, which will be on show at Punchestown, was recently restored to flying condition and it is the only surviving Battle of Britain Hurricane in flying condition in the world.

The famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team will also perform, along with the Swiss Air Force PC-7 display team.

The show will also include an AirShow village with a ground display celebrating Ireland's aircraft heritage, an adventure zone for outdoor enthusiasts, and a helicopter display area.

Sunday Independent

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