STELLAR LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR BRAY AIR DISPLAY
The top speed in mph of the Hawker Hunter, one of several aircraft announced to take part in this year’s Bray Air Display
ORGANISERS of this year’s Bray Air Display have announced details of the 2014 event which will include ‘ The Hunger,’ ‘ The Sablre,’ ‘ The Yaks,’ and ‘ The Vampires.’
The Irish Aviation Authority and Bray Summerfest host the air display which will take place on July 20.
Team Yakovlevs – or the Yaks, as they are affectionately known – are among those making their Bray debut, having entertained millions of people around the world with their precision formation flying.
Their Super 52 two-seater planes will be followed in close formation by three single seater Yak 50 planes.
The Vampires, piloted by Kenneth Aarkvisla and Per ‘Smiley’ Stromme, will be flying their jet fighters from the Second World War, capable of reaching top speeds of 548 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, pilot Mark Linney will be roaring over the skies of Bray in the Sabre, an American fighter jet best known for its high speeds and loud engines.
And the Hunter, flown by Jonathan Whaley, is a British-made fighter from the 1950s, renowned for its loud engines, manoeuvrability and breakneck speeds.
‘Once again, Ireland is attracting worldclass pilots and aircraft to Bray for the country’s biggest free air show,’ said Display Director Sé Pardy from Simtech Aviation.
‘For this year’s programme, we’re introducing vintage aircraft, extreme formation flying and search and rescue demonstrations, bringing excitement, aerial acrobatics and thrills to the East Coast.
‘We have several new acts making their debut, but we will also be welcoming crowd favourites back to Bray, with aerial action to entertain the whole family.’
Introduced in 1949, the famous MIG 15 was developed by the Soviet Union and was the only aircraft to face the Sabre in combat. This loud, vintage plane will also be making its first appearance at Bray.
The S-92 helicopter, operated by the Irish Coast Guard, will also be welcomed for the first time to Bray. Equipped for dedicated search and rescue (SAR) operations, it services Ireland’s offshore islands and provides rescue cover from Cork to Galway.
Other aircraft making their debut in July include the Stearman 75 and the Decathlon, a two-seater sports plane.
Further aircraft will be announced for the display over the coming weeks. For more information go to brayairdisplay.com.
Jonathan Whaley will fly his Hawker Hunter, renowned for its breakneck speed.