Almost a century ago, we left behind the time of mammoth train journeys and epic ferry crossings and embraced the aeroplane. This summer, aviation goes one step further with Dublin's FlightFest, a one-off city centre skyline spectacle
Of course stories such as the Titanic still enchant us and cruises and car ferries can still take us to windswept and far away places, flight just gets us there that little bit quicker.
Just ask someone at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Belfast or the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, County Limerick – planes have whooshed into our life and whisked us all over the world. But lest we forget – planes aren’t just glorified freight carriers there to take us from A – B. The good news? These kings of the air, these epic feats of engineering are coming out to play.
Have you ever seen a passenger plane thunder down the centre of Dublin, tracking over the River Liffey? Neither have we – until now, or more to the point, until FlightFest.
FlightFest (15 September) is what we like to call a one-off. This free event is the first time EVER that a flock of aviation’s finest will scream over the River Liffey bang in the middle of Dublin’s city centre. But let’s get down to specifics – what are we going to see?
How about getting your hair blown back by an Air Corps PC9 or “the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe”. According to the Sally B website, she isn’t merely an airshow highlight but “a memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives in Europe during the Second World War.” A fitting skyline tribute, as Dublin also happens to be the place where you will find the War Memorial Gardens, an Edward Lutyens designed ode to the bravery and lost lives of Ireland’s WWI soldiers.
Irish Air Force Lear Jet
Ireland’s Air Corps will be strutting their aeronautical stuff, too, with a very fancy Lear Jet taking a spin in the skies along with a flock of nippy Cessna aircraft burning up the clouds. Likely to outdo many in terms of mere size, the Royal Airforce C130 is an airborne brute. The idea of this thumper whizzing down the Liffey is enough to give you a tingle in the tummy.
Or, as Leonardo Da Vinci put it: “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward…”
FlightFest – a free event – takes place in Dublin City on 15 September.