AFTA was delighted to take part in a voluntary special sail/fly past in Cork Harbour with Safehaven Marine to lift spirits in Cobh and to show solidarity with frontline workers. The sail/fly past featured AFTA’s Slingsby T-67 Firefly aerobatic aircraft and Safehaven Marine’s Thunderchild II, one of the world’s fastest boats.
In AFTA the Slingsby T-67 Firefly (a single engine, two seater aerobatic aircraft) is used to train commercial pilots in advanced upset prevention recovery training and for aerobatic voucher flights.
Captain Matthew O’Donovan, AFTA’s deputy chief flight instructor was joined by Captain Gerry Humphreys, Deputy Head of Training. They descended down to approximately 700 feet above sea level and held a speed at 90mph above the boat. The Slingsby T-67 Firefly soared parallel over the record-breaking ThunderChild II past Cobh’s waterfront briefly, providing a spectacular sight for the people of Cobh to lift spirits. ThunderChild ll was adorned with an Irish flag and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day flag acknowledging the national holiday.
An AFTA Cessna 172 aircraft followed the display, with local Cork aerial photographer Dennis Horgan onboard capturing images of the combined effort.
National newspaper The Irish Examiner also published an article on the fly-by, read more here.