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.