Irish Historic Flight at Bray Air Display 2016

Take a look at the last minute behind-the-scenes preparations as the pilots of IHF get Iolar and the Chipmunks ready to taxi for take off and then take to the skies to thrill the thousands of aviation fans gathered below.

As the first footage emerges, we get a unique glimpse into the last minute behind-the-scenes preparations prior to taking off and dazzling all at the Bray Air Display 2016.

IHFF Winter Maintenance Programme

The IHFF engineering team have been extremely busy over the winter months completing the maintenance and annual inspections of our fleet of aircraft. This has included 50-hour inspection of Chipmunk EI-HFA (168) and annual inspections of EI-HFB (169) and EI-HFC (170).

Keeping historic aircraft like the Chipmunks in the air is a challenging task and it’s a testament to the dedication of our volunteer engineering team that these aircraft are maintained in such an excellent condition. Work also continues on the annual inspections of Boeing Stearman EI-HFD and the Iolar EI-ABI and we hope to see these back in the air very soon. While there has been a lot of hands-on maintenance completed on the aircraft, an equal amount of work has been completed in the background developing and improving the airworthiness system of the IHFF. Here are some photos.


Preparations for the Bray Air Display

With preparations now well underway for the 2016 Bray Air Display, the pilots of Irish Historic Flight are warming up the Chipmunks, rolling out the Iolar and shining up the Spirit of Tipperary – all set to continue impressing successive generations of aviation enthusiasts in Ireland.

Watch the video to whet your appetite for what promises to be a remarkable event and a great spectacle for all the family.

(Bray Air Display – 23rd and 24th July. See for more)

TV3 Ireland’s feature on Irish Historic Flight

As the Bray Air Display 2016 looms ever closer, Ireland’s television channel TV3 send Alan Hughes and his camera crew out to Irish Historic Flight where Alan takes to the skies to experience first-hand the thrill of flying in a D&H Chipmunk.

Watch the video clip to see how Alan gets on as he departs on this most thrilling of journeys.

Video courtesy of, and copyright held by, TV3.

(Bray Air Display – 23rd and 24th July. See for more)

Flying In A Chipmunk

Come with the pilot as we prepare for take off and experience a bird’s eye view from inside the aircraft. Onscreen narration describes what is happening at each step along the way.

News Update May 2016

Irish Historic Flight Foundation celebrates Ireland’s rich aviation heritage. Here’s an update on just one of our activities.

Chipmunks in Training

With the 2016 Air Show season kicking into full gear, the IHF Chipmunks have been putting in some hard practice including loop-the-loops and formation flying. Watch our video with views from the ground and from inside the cockpit.

IHFF Archive

During the summer of 2016 the IHFF board was notified of an upcoming sale of a comprehensive Irish aviation memorabilia archive owned by the Swiss collector Mr. Ronny Vogt.

Two members of the IHFF board visited Mr. Vogt and reviewed his collection which contains a unique set of documents and paraphernalia related to the history of Irish aviation. Following a period of negotiation the IHFF agreed to acquire a key part of Mr. Vogt’s collection to become part of the Foundation’s assets.

This collection forms the core of the IHFF Archive and contains items that connect Ireland with pivotal developments in the history of international aviation. It complements the IHFF fleet and helps build the foundation’s role as a source of information about the history of Irish aviation. Among the contents of the collection, which amounts to over 3,000 individual pieces, are the following;

  1. IHFF Archive2Alcock and Brown Flight. A unique collection of letters, envelopes, menu cards and photos signed by both John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown ahead and after their record breaking first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in June 1919 when they land in Clifden, Co Galway
  2. Bremen Flight. A large collection of maps and documents signed by the three pilots that managed the first East West non-stop flight between Baldonnel in Ireland and North America in 1928.
  3. Foynes commercial proving flights documents including items signed by the flight crews during the mid 1930s when establishing commercial air services on the Atlantic.
  4. A comprehensive set of papers, timetables and route maps connected to the establishment and development of the national Irish airline Aer Lingus commencing in 1936.
  5. Letters and cards signed by Irish aviatrix Lady Heath and Lady Bailey who broke records and helped establish female pilots at the forefront of aviation development.
  6. Items signed by members of the record breaking Balbo Italian flying boat formation which crossed the Atlantic from Londonderry in 1933.

The IHFF intends to utilise the Archive to promote the Foundation, provide education material about the unique history of Irish aviation and to support events that profile the key role Ireland played at critical periods in the evolution of aviation in Ireland and internationally.

The Archive will be digitised for the purposes of access via the IHFF website during 2017. In addition, the existing collection is being catalogued to ensure every item is described in detail.

Further details on the IHFF Archive will be provided later in 2017 as events take place to introduce the collection to aviation and history enthusiasts.