***** Foynes Airshow Preview *****
Foynes Airshow is ready for takeoff tomorrow at 3pm and once again it is packed with a great mix of aerobatics from all over Ireland and the UK. Now in it’s 3rd year Foynes keeps expanding since it’s first airshow in 2014 marking Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum’s 75th anniversary.
Foynes has always had a rich history in aviation heritage and ishomer to the only Boat Museum in the world and contains the only replica of B314 flying boat known to exist.
So who is displaying this year at Foynes? Well, take a read below and see!!
Aer Dynamics – Vans RV7 flown by Eddie Goggins.
The Flying Dentist brings his Van’s RV7 to Foynes and Eddie is a Five-time Irish aerobatic champion. He found a love of flying at a young age and dreamed of becoming a pilot from the day he saw an aircraft flying upside down! At the age of 24 he attained his private licence and along with his 5 Irish Aerobatics Championships he also won a Bronze medal for Ireland at the 2008 World Advanced Championships in the USA.
The Vans RV7 aircraft took its first flight in 2001 as a replacement for the Vans RV 6, it is very similar to the RV6 but has longer wings, larger fuel tanks and a larger rudder to improve spin recovery.
Stampe biplane – The SV.4 flown by David Bruton.
David Bruton displays in the rather unique Stampe biplane, which was designed in the 1930s as a duel role aircraft for training as well as touring.
The SV4 took its first flight in 1933 and has seen military service in the UK, France and Belgium in which it was designed and built. At the time Only 35 aircraft were built before the company was closed during the Second World War. After the war the successor company called Stampe et Renard built a further 65 SV4 Aircraft between 1948 and 1955 as trainers for the Belgian Air Force.
France designed a licenced version, the SV4C and built a total of 940 of the aircraft for use as trainers. The SV4 was retired from service in 1975.
Irish Historic Flight – 3 Chipmunks & The Dragon Iolar.
The Irish Historic Flight will fly with 3 Chipmunk aircraft and an Iolar Dragon. The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years. The de Havilland Chipmunk was the first postwar aviation project of de Havilland Canada.
The Iolar Dragon is EI-ABI and was built in 1936, coincidentally the same year Aer Lingus commenced scheduled operations. The inaugural service of the Irish Airline Aer Lingus was provided by a DH.84 Dragon, registration EI-ABI and named Iolar, which means “Eagle” in the Irish language. For the 50th anniversary of the airline in 1986, a replacement Dragon was acquired, restored, reregistered as EI-ABI and repainted as the Iolar.
Christen Eagle II – Flown by Andrew Fenton
A 2 seater homebuilt biplane from Sligo the Christen Eagle was designed to compete with the Pitts Special by Frank Christensen. It set a new standard for completely documented homebuilding kits that revolutionized the homebuilding industry.
The Eagle took it’s first flight in 1977 and by 2011 over 350 aircraft were flying.
Wildccat Aerobatics are making their Foynes debut in 2016 and fly the Pitts Special S2B.
Wildcat Aerobatics was created with the aim of promoting the amazing world of aerial sport flying and the more extreme elements of the leisure aviation industry. Over the years, the team has developed a unique and excitingly choreographed airshow act that brings together unbelievably close-formation aerobatics with precision pairs synchronized flying.
The 2016 Wildcat team is flown by Willie Cruickshank and Al Coutts.
Mini Mig, Aviatika-MAI-890 flown by Harry Humphrey
The Aviatika-MAI-890 is a Russian made aircraft and is used as a training aircraft and been used for agricultural spraying. EI-FEP displayed at Bray in 2014. All current MAI-890 are powered by Rotax engines mounted in pusher configuration, the type depending on the aircraft variant. esigned in Moscow it comes from the same stable as Mig Jet fighters, this is an incredibly strong light aircraft using advanced materials including titanium.
Flying the aircraft will be 21 years old Harry Humphrey, the youngest pilot at the Foynes 2016 show.
Team RaVen – – 5 RV Vans Aircraft
Team RaVen return to Foynes after making their debut in 2015 at Foynes and are based put of Wales. Formed in 2014 and now in their 3rd display season they have made several trips across to Ireland since their formation. The Team name ‘Raven’ came from a play on the letters ‘RV’ and makes more sense if written ‘RaVen’ as per the badge on the sides of the aircraft fuselages.
The Ravens use Van’s RV aircraft with a mix of 1 RV4 and 4 RV8s. All are self build aircraft, albeit only Ravens 2 and 4 have been self built by the Team.
SE5a Flown by Neil Geddes
The SE5a that will be flown at Foynes this weekend is a replica of the WWI aircraft. The origional SE5a was designed by Henry Folland, John Kenworthy and Major Frank Goodden of the Royal Aircraft Factory inFarnborough. And first flew in late November 1916.
The full title of the S.E.5 is the Scout Experimental 5 and in total 5025 were built.
The SE5a which will fly at Foynes is flown, and built by Neil Geddes who is a retired Surgeon from Scotland who specializes in excellent low-level aerobatic display by a unique aircraft.
Pitts Special flown by Rich Goodwin & Lauren Richardson
For those who have never seen the Pitts Special display by either of these pilots, you are in for a real treat as they have been thrilling airshow atendees all over the UK.
Rich Goodwin says that flying has always been in his blood. His father flew the Hawker Hunter and Lightening jets for the RAF and Richard himself is a former Tornado pilot with the RAF after doing his training in the Hawk T1 (The same aircraft the RAF Red Arrows use) He is also a former pilot of Boeing aircraft.
Lauren Richardson is one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK and she has a passion for flying and performing, pushing herself to provide the most exciting, precise and dynamic low level air displays possible. She has been flying since 2005. In 2012 she becaume British Female Aerobatic champion.
The Pitts Special is a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by Curtis Pitts. It has accumulated many competition wins since its first flight in 1944. The Pitts biplanes dominated world aerobatic competition in the 1960s and 1970s and, even today, remain a potent competition aircraft in the lower categories. The Pitts Special flown by both pilots has been heavily modified to give an extra edge to their displays!
Note – these are separate displays.
The Yakovlevs Display team.
The Yakovlev’s fly the Super Yak 52 and three Yak 50 aircraft in formation and are a UK Aerobatic display team flying formation aerobatics using theYAK Russian military trainers.Since formation the team have travelled an amazing 260,000 miles during their transits to and from displays all around the world.
While we had hoped to cover all, we sadly can’t however we can tell you that Foynes will also have the following displays
Bucker Jungmann flown by Gavin Hunter – Scottish-based German design built under licence in Spain . Graceful low-level aerobatic display in a vintage aircraft.
Slingsby Firely – flown by Eddie Goggins who will take to the sky for a 2nd time at Foynes tomorrow
Starduster flown by Jim McTaggert – Scottish-based single-seat aerobatic biplane.
Sbach flown by David Bruton who will also take to the skies for a 2nd time at Foynes
Speed Twin flown by Malcolm Drucker– Prototype aerobatic multi-engine display. Based in Wales, a unique, rare highly capable aircraft ripe for development as a modern versatile multi-engine trainer.
We hope you all enjoy Foynes Airshow tomorrow afternoon, and feel free to share any photos you may take! (Note all info sourced from various display websites & Foynes Airshow website)