Crowds to fly in for festival of aviation

More than 100,000 people are expected to line the quays in Dublin for what promises to be a spectacular celebration of aviation.

Crowds to fly in  for festival of aviation

Military, vintage and large commercial carriers will be among the 30 aircraft flying as low as 1,100ft (335m) over the River Liffey for FlightFest on Sep 15.

Organisers of the event, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Dublin City Council, have also joined forces with two charities to help raise funds on the day.

Eamonn Brennan, chief executive of the IAA, said that the level of interest in the FlightFest fly-past 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. So I would not be surprised to see 100,000 turning up for the event on the day.”

Among the aircraft taking part is the Catalina PBY-5A Flying Boat and the spectacularly colourful Hawker Hunter. The sustained flypast will start at 2pm and take two hours to complete, with flights sequenced at five-minute intervals.

Mr Brennan added: “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 IAA and Dublin City Council have also teamed up with the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and ORBIS in a charity partnership. Both charities will be collecting at FlightFest and will also benefit from a text-based competition for return flights and accommodation to Istanbul.

* To enter, text FLIGHTFEST to 53305. Texts cost €0.30 and proceeds go to ORBIS and Temple Street CUH (minimum of €0.20. 18+). Lines close midnight 12/09/13. You can also enter at facebook.com/flightfest.

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