ALL EYES ON THE SKIES AS THE BRAY AIR DISPLAY TAKES FLIGHT
EXCITEMENT is soaring as the countdown to this year’s Bray Air Display gets under way.
More than 100,000 people are expected to make their way to Bray this Saturday and Sunday to watch gravity defying fly overs and loop the loops – spectacular performances from home grown and international talent.
The 12th annual, award-winning air spectacular is a full weekend of free family fun with an incredible 40 aircraft including 12 jets taking to the skies to wow spectators. Record numbers made their way to Bray for last year’s event and the seaside town is once again the place to be this weekend.
Thirteen acts will perform on Saturday, July 22 with a further five acts performing on Sunday, July 23, bringing Sunday’s total to 18 high performance air display acts.
Acts set to perform on Saturday are the Royal Jordanian Falcons, The Catalina, Irish Air Corps, Swedish Air Force, British Spitfire, The Black Knights, The Strikemasters, Norwegian MIG & Vampires, The Fireflies, The Ravens, Irish Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration, Aer Lingus DC-3 and the Irish Parachute Club.
The additional five acts flying on Sunday are an F-18 jet, Patrouille Tranchant, The Blades, Irish Historic Flight Foundation, and Aer Lingus A321 passenger aircraft.
Gardaí, Wicklow County Council and event organisers have prepared a robust traffic management plan to minimise disruption for local residents and help people travel in and out of Bray as easily as possible. As part of this, road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the weekend
Sé Pardy, Flight Director, Bray Air Display, said ‘ The Bray Air Display is now firmly established as one of the country’s largest and most popular events – it really is a fantastic show that has to be seen to be believed. For those who haven’t been before – Bray is the place to be next weekend. To really enjoy the event and to ensure a stress-free journey we are encouraging spectators to use public transport and make a day of it by arriving early. There is so much to enjoy - as well as the entertainment in the sky there will be plenty of action on the ground with 22 fun fair attractions, 30 specialist food and craft stalls and live music, so there really is something for everyone.’
Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority which supports the air display said, ‘The Bray Display has been a phenomenal success over the last couple of years. Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country We see this as a great avenue to raise the profile of aviation and to generate an interest in our industry.’
MAIN: The Red Arrows performing during the 2016 Bray Air Display.
ABOVE, LEFT: Crowds throng the seafront during last year’s show.