Gerry, an ex RAF Harrier Pilot and qualified aeronautical engineer, built his own aircraft, appropriately registered EI-HUM. Since he finished it in 2007, he has flown it regularly from his farm strip in Limerick. He painted his aircraft white with random black patches for high visibility; it has naturally become known as the “Flying Cow”. It has a 150 HP 5-litre air-cooled engine driving a fixed-pitch metal propeller.
Gerry Humphreys is flying as the leader. He is very experienced with over 9500 hours logged in more than 90 different aircraft types. His mum says has been flying since the day he was born when his father picked him up as a newborn baby and ‘flew’ him around the room! That started what has been a lifelong passion for flying, involving model airplanes; a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a distinguished career in the RAF with over 3000 hours on Harriers, Hawks and Hunter jet fighters. He started flying in the Queens University Air Squadron in Belfast and went solo at the age of 17.
Now, as well as running a farm Gerry flies professionally for Pacnet Air, a private aviation company based in the Isle of Man and is also a flying instructor with both the Atlantic Air Academy in Cork and the Limerick Flying Club at Coonagh where he taught his son Harry to fly. Gerry also flies seaplanes and he is a director of the Foynes Flying Boat & maritime museum.