G-XLEA, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
View of the underside. The noise of this aircraft was nearly drowned out by the noise of EI-LOW above it!
A6-EHJ, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
The aircraft catches the sun as it banks over.
G-PSST, G-SABR, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
Two cold war jets, the North American Sabre and the flamboyant liveried Hawker Hunter provided possibly the loudest display.
The huge jet banks away into the sun.
Taking the northern circuit, so us on the south side of the river got the better view, the two aircraft catch the sun as they bank away.
And again on its second pass.
G-PSST, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
Perhaps one of the more inappropriate registrations given the lively performance, great noise and bright colour scheme of this aircraft!
The finale - the British Airways A380 makes its first run.
EI-JIV, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
Underside view, showing the booms used for detergent spraying deployed from the rear.
Yet another "special" livery, this time Etihad's A340 in F1 Grand Prix livery makes it first pass.
G-SABR, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
Passing on a solo run.
Closer view of this attractive livery.
G-BIKU, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
On its second pass the bright livery catches the sun.
EI-DVM, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
A gear-down pass.
Like EI-DAA, this A320 had also had billboard titles added to the underside.
Another Air Contractors aircraft, this Lockheed Hercules is used for freight work and also specialist roles such as oil dispersal.
This 757 was originally a British Airways passenger aircraft, but like many of the type has been converted for a second life as a freighter. Based at East Midlands airport.
G-PBYA, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
This Consolidated Catalina preserved in USAF colours is normally based at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
Final view as it flew ponderously into the wind.
The perhaps inevitable appearance of the Aer Lingus retrojet.
Approaching for its second pass
EI-SLA, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
This recently repainted ATR-72 of Irelands third (and least known) airline, Air Contractors. In addition to flying freight, the company also operate several charters for the inclusive tour market from Ireland and Europe.
EI-EXF, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
A "Txt-Speak" message to onlookers, which raised a smile for many.
Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
Some people got a good vantage point - but that was a bit precarious given the wind conditions!
G-SOAF, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
The first heritage aircraft to display was this BAC Strikemaster, formerly of the Oman Air Force. This trainer aircraft was also capable of combat roles. It is currently based in North Wales.
EI-EEO, EI-HUM, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
While not able to give their usual display, the Aer Dynamics team did several passes filling gaps created due to the loss of Iolar and the Chipmunks thanks to the wind. They do seem to be following me about though :)
EI-FAV, Dublin Flightfest, 15-9-2013
The newest aircraft on display, delivered on Thursday 12th September, this Aer Arann aircraft dispalys the Aer Lingus Regional franchise colours.