Big line-up for Foynes Air Show

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Action from last year's Foynes air show. Lighting up the skies over the Shannon Estuary were the Sky Pyro Show. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.
THE chance to witness one of the largest search and rescue training exercises ever undertaken in Ireland will be open to all those planning to attend the 2015 Foynes Air Show which takes place Sunday, July 26.

THE chance to witness one of the largest search and rescue training exercises ever undertaken in Ireland will be open to all those planning to attend the 2015 Foynes Air Show which takes place Sunday, July 26.

The Irish Air Corps, Naval Service (LÉ Samuel Beckett), Irish Coastguard, and Search and Rescue teams from all over the country will carry out their annual exercise in front of the estimated 15,000 people expected to attend the second annual air show.

Hosted by Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum, the show will feature aircraft displays from across Europe, along with some of the world’s top aerobatic pilots.

Among the aircraft taking to the skies over West Limerick and the Shannon Estuary will be a Russian Mini MiG, authentic World War Two aeroplanes, a Hawker Hunter fighter, a P51 Mustang and James Bond’s BD-5 Micro-Jet.

Meanwhile, Aer Lingus’ first plane, the Iolar, will be flying in formation for one of the first times ever at a public display with three de Havilland Chipmunks in Air Corps colours.

The Air Show will also feature the world’s only formation wingwalking display team, The Breitling Wingwalkers who will perform a sequence of formation loops and rolls while wingwalkers perform acrobatics on the wings.

The Air Show run from 1pm to 6pm on July 26 and will also feature live music, food stalls and children’s entertainment. Organisers say that Park and Ride services will be provided throughout the event to enhance access to and from the Air Show site.