Dublin to witness spectacular low-flying plane at air show
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:46 PM
One of the largest aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380, will fly up the Liffey at low level in three weeks' time.
It will be joined by other aircraft from almost every decade since the 1930s as part of the FlightFest air show on Sept 15.
Around 100,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Dublin city centre to witness the longest sustained flypast in the world.
Organisers are confident they the event, part of The Gathering celebrations, will attract the attention of visitors from both home and abroad.
They 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.
Irish Aviation Authority 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.
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