Irish Historic Flight Foundation Release 2022 Calendar

2022 marks 100 years of aviation in the Irish State. It has contributed significantly to the growth of the State over the last 100 years, and we as a nation can be rightly proud of the role played by Irish people and Irish companies not just in developing Irish aviation, but in driving the successful growth of aviation across the world.

The 2022 IHFF calendar highlights some of those achievements and displays them in superb quality. The photos selected for the calendar include aircraft such as ‘The Big Fella’ – the first aircraft purchased by the Irish state in October 1921, Nancy Corrigan in her AT-6A Harvard, ‘Iolar’ – the first aircraft purchased by Aer Lingus and a Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper at Foynes. More recently it’s hard to ignore the Irish success stories of Ryanair and ASL Airlines, both are featured as well some Air Corps aircraft and of course the Irish Historic Flight fleet of Chipmunks and their Boeing Stearman.

This calendar would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone with an interest in Aviation. A limited number are still available for €10 +P&P.

IHFF Annual Team Briefing

The annual IHFF Team Briefing took place recently at Baldonnel. The briefing is an opportunity for the team to discuss the year ahead and plan the events that we will be attending. A full list of our planned events is available on the Events page on our website. As always, attendance at these events is subject to weather, aircraft serviceability, crew availability etc. The aircraft will also be seen at various airfields around the country on training exercises as the team ramp up the summer season. The first public event we’ll be attending is the Birr Breakfast fly-in on 8th April.

Presentations on the day were given by our Chairman Michael Hickey who outlined the plans for the year. There were also representatives from flight crew, ground crew, engineering and operations. A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes keeping our fleet in the air. The engineering team have been working hard over the winter completing the annuals on two of the Chipmunks and an upgrade to the brakes on Chipmunk 168.

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.