Aviators treat Limerick to spectacular air display

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Pat Murphy from Thomondgate captured this image of Gerry Humphreys and Eddie Goggins display in the skies over Coonagh on Sunday
RESIDENTS of the northside of Limerick were treated to a spectacular display of aerobatics on Sunday as Gerry Humphreys and Eddie Goggins took to the skies over Coonagh.

RESIDENTS of the northside of Limerick were treated to a spectacular display of aerobatics on Sunday as Gerry Humphreys and Eddie Goggins took to the skies over Coonagh.

The daredevil aviators were taking part in the annual Fly-In and Family Fun Day hosted by Limerick Flying Club.

Gerry - a former RAF pilot who farms in Brittas, Murroe - and Dubliner Eddie also got in some final practice ahead of the air display at the Rose of Tralee Festival this week.

Images captured at Clondrinagh by Pat Murphy,Thomondgate, give a flavour of the sneak preview those watching the skies over Limerick were treated to on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Burkley, organiser of the fly-in, said pilots visited from all over Ireland for the event, many of them making a weekend of it and camping out at the airfield in Coonagh.

“It’s a get-together we have every year for pilots and others involved in flying and went very well. We had the air sea rescue (Coast Guard) helicopter over the weekend, who were very good to us.”

Gerry and Eddie had been practising ahead of their display at the Rose of Tralee festival this week, said Mr Burkley.

The pair fly identical Van’s RV7 single-engine aircraft, he explained, and as Aer Dynamics, they are a regular fixture at air shows around Ireland and further afield.

They recently wowed the crowds at the Irish Festival of Speed at Limerick Racecourse.

Gerry is a multiple national champion in aerobatics.

No stranger to risk-taking, the Limerick man took off for Iceland in May 2010 to fly past the ashcloud thrown up by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which had grounded airlines over the north of the continent.

Limerick Flying Club is a registered training facility and its flight school has given hundreds of people their wings over the years. Based at Coonagh Airfield, it has around 90 members.