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100,000 To Flock To Inaugural Cobh Air Spectacular Next Year

Plans have been unveiled for the inaugural Cobh Air Spectacular, which promises to 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, are already confirmed for the event on July 12, 2020. Some of Ireland’s most skilled aerobatic pilots have also committed to the show 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. This celebrates three centuries of activity at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Event Organiser Captain Rich MacIlwraith said in a statement the Cobh Air Spectacular represents the culmination of years of planning. “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. It marks a huge opportunity to establish Cobh and the lower harbour as a regular venue for a world class airshow”.

The staging of the Cobh Air Spectacular is being actively supported by Cork Airport. “Cork Harbour offers a great natural amphitheatre for an international air show of this nature. As Ireland’s fastest growing airport, we are delighted to play a leading role in facilitating this spectacular event” said Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport.

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

The Cobh Air Spectacular is seeking to connect with the corporate world through unique sponsorship packages. Capt. Rich MacIlwraith stated: “We will be working with leading companies to offer the very best experience possible of the event. This includes the opportunity to fly on some of the aircraft that will be travelling to Cork for the event. This is the first time that companies will have had this opportunity in the county, and we expect a high demand for both our individual and corporate sponsorship packages.”

Cork’s RedFM has already been confirmed as broadcast sponsor for the event. For the latest information on the Cobh Air Spectacular, see cobhairspectacular.com.

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