Planes fly over Dublin to celebrate FlightFest

Monday 16 September 2013 07.24
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Huge crowds turned out for the event (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
Huge crowds turned out for the event (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
40,000 people followed the event via an online feed (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
40,000 people followed the event via an online feed (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
Over 40 aircraft flew at low altitude over Dublin city centre (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
Over 40 aircraft flew at low altitude over Dublin city centre (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
The event was organised by the Irish Aviation Authority (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
The event was organised by the Irish Aviation Authority (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
The planes flew as low as 250m over Dublin (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
The planes flew as low as 250m over Dublin (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
Passenger jets, World War II bombers and Cold War fighter jets took part in the 'Gathering' event (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
Passenger jets, World War II bombers and Cold War fighter jets took part in the 'Gathering' event (Pic: Air Corps Photo Section)
Huge crowds lined Dublin's quays to witness the show
Huge crowds lined Dublin's quays to witness the show
The event featured a large variety of aircraft, flying low from Dublin Airport, through to Dublin port
The event featured a large variety of aircraft, flying low from Dublin Airport, through to Dublin port
Planes readied at Baldonnell Airport this morning ahead of the event
Planes readied at Baldonnell Airport this morning ahead of the event
A rare World War II B17 Bomber with simulated smoke billowing from its engines
A rare World War II B17 Bomber with simulated smoke billowing from its engines

Up to 150,000 people lined Dublin's docklands today for the FlightFest "Gathering" of aircraft.

The event, the largest ever of its kind, saw over 40 aircraft swooping in at low level over Dublin city centre.

Such was the global interest, 40,000 watched an online feed.

Cold War fighter jets flying at high speed, Air Corps formations, Aer Lingus long-haul jets and a Ryanair 737 were among the attractions.

A rare World War II B17 Bomber with simulated smoke billowing from its engines shared centre stage with the giant doubledecker A380 of British Airways, which flew as low as 250m over the capital.

The event was organised by the Irish Aviation Authority.