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Why was this helicopter flying so low in Dublin today?

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MANY CITY CENTRE workers were surprised by the sight of a helicopter hovering just a few feet above the River Liffey in Dublin this afternoon.

Many of our readers sent in images, while there was also much discussion on Twitter.

This image from Robin Blandford reveals more about the purpose of the stunt.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar was riverside to launch details of the Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin City Council’s joint venture FlightFest. The international aviation flypast is due to take place on 15 September this year.

On that day, more than 30 aircraft will fly through the city as part of The Gathering 2013. The sustained flypast will take two hours to complete, with the craft setting off from Dublin Airport, into Dublin Port and up along the River Liffey as far as the Custom House.

It will be a free family event with a large section of the quays pedestrianised for viewing purposes.

The fleet will include a Boeing 737 and vintage aircraft from the Irish Air Corps and Royal Air Force, including the World War II Spitfire and the B17 Flying Fortress.

The helicopter used for today’s shoot belongs to the Irish Air Corps. Image: Jonathan O’Brien, Adventure Training Ireland

Find out more about FlightFest here>

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