The Foynes Air Show started in 2014 with the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum’s celebration of the 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial passenger flight, which landed at Foynes. The popular event is now held annually, and it received the prestigious general and sport award from the Irish Aviation Industry.
Foynes and the region have a strong association with international aviation, and Foynes is home to the world’s only flying boat museum. The museum houses the world’s only full size replica Boeing 314 Clipper Flying Boat. Foynes is also where Irish Coffee was invented.
Transatlantic aviation in the Shannon Estuary began with a Flying Boat Base base at Foynes. Pan Am Airlines commissioned Charles Lindbergh, who’d made the first solo transatlantic flight to Europe in 1927, to find a suitable base for their flying boat service from New York to Ireland. Foynes on the Shannon Estuary was chosen as the nearest European landfall.
Pan Am’s flying boat, the Yankee Clipper, made the first commercial transatlantic flight and landed at Foynes on 8th July 1939. The 2,000-mile journey took just over 25 hours, which was incredible compared to the 8 to 9 days it took by sea at the time.
The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum is housed in the original Airport Terminal Building. Foynes became the hub of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945; Foynes Airport was known as Shannon Airport at that time.
Foynes Air Show is a thrilling, world-class spectacle, coupled with the region’s rich aviation history. Its location on the Wild Atlantic Way provides a breathtaking backdrop for the display.
Visit the Foynes Air Show website here.