More ex­cit­ing acts for Bray Air Dis­play

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

It has been con­firmed that the Frecce Tri­col­ori and Bre­itling Wing­walk­ers will take to the skies dur­ing the Bray Air Dis­play this July 23 and 24.

Along with the UK’s Red Ar­rows (who were re­cently also con­firmed as part of this year’s stel­lar line-up), the Ital­ian Frecce Tri­col­ori is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced and awe-in­spir­ing aer­o­batic dis­play teams.

As well as the breath-tak­ing dis­plays of the Frecce Tri­col­ori, spec­ta­tors will be treated to a dra­matic, grav­ity de­fy­ing per­for­mance by the Bre­itling Wing­walk­ers – the world’s only for­ma­tion wing­walk­ing dis­play team and an­other first for the Bray Air Dis­play. The UK-based aer­o­batic dis­play team’s per­for­mance in­volves a se­quence of for­ma­tion loops and rolls dur­ing which so-called ‘wing­walk­ers’ per­form a daz­zling se­quence of ac­ro­batic ma­noeu­vres and hand­stands whilst strapped to the top wings of the team’s beau­ti­ful Boe­ing Stear­man bi­planes.

The team pi­lots fly the air­craft through a well-re­hearsed, en­er­getic rou­tine of aer­o­bat­ics and close for­ma­tion fly­pasts as the wing­walk­ers wave to the crowd. Th­ese ma­noeu­vres in­clude loops, rolls, stall turns and even in­verted flight. Dur­ing all of this, the wing­walk­ers ex­pe­ri­ence speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and ‘G’ forces of up to 4G. For the im­pres­sive ‘Cock­pit Lady’ pass, the dar­ing wing­walk­ers will leave the safety of their static har­ness and climb down to the cock­pit dur­ing flight. While stand­ing in front of the pilot’s wind­screen, se­cured by a waist har­ness, they will per­form a bal­letic pose as they soar above Bray at 100 mph.

‘ To have none other than the Frecce Tri­col­ori on the bill for this year’s event is a real thrill for us,’ said Se Pardy, Bray Air Dis­play di­rec­tor. ‘ They will put on an amaz­ing show for spec­ta­tors this July – it re­ally is some­thing to look for­ward to. We also re­cently an­nounced that the Red Ar­rows will per­form at the dis­play this year so all in all we have an ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble line up of world-class per­form­ers for spec­ta­tors to en­joy.’

The Frecce Tri­col­ori and the Bre­itling Wing­walk­ers will per­form on both the Satur­day and Sun­day while the Red Ar­rows will open the show at 2 p.m. on the Sun­day.

The Bre­itling Wing­walk­ers in ac­tion.

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