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.

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