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100,000 expected at Cork's first air show

Tuesday, 12th March, 2019 10:53am

History will be made in Cork in July 2020 as it’s been announced that Cobh will host its inaugural Air Spectacular.

Plans have taken off for what organisers promise will be the largest air show ever seen in the history of Cork Harbour.

Dozens of aircraft, including the Aero Superbatics Wing Walkers and the Strike Masters jet display teams, have already been confirmed for the Cobh Air Spectacular on 12 July 2020. Some of Ireland’s most skilled aerobatic pilots have also committed to the event which is expected to draw up to 100,000 to vantage points across Cobh and the lower harbour.

Organisers are promising single engine aerobatics, historical aircraft flypasts and displays from the Irish Coastguard and RNLI. The event has been timed to coincide with Cork 300, which celebrates three centuries of activity at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Event organiser, Captain Rich MacIlwraith said: "Having been involved with airshows around the world, I have always believed that Cork Harbour provides the best natural backdrop for an event of this kind. We have already attracted an amazing line-up, with more announcements to come. This event will be unlike anything we have ever seen on the south coast, and marks a huge opportunity to establish Cobh and the lower harbour as a regular venue for a world class airshow."

The organising committee say they will be working closely with the local communities involved, as well as Pure Cork, Cobh Tourism and the Cobh and Harbour Chamber as planning intensifies in the months ahead. 

The Cobh Air Spectacular is looking to connect with the corporate world through sponsorship packages and the staging of the event is being supported and facilitated by Cork Airport management.

See cobhairspectacular.com for more information. 

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