IN­CRED­I­BLE!

AER­O­BATIC DIS­PLAYS THRILL SPEC­TA­TORS AS THEY SOAK UP THE SUN­SHINE AT WEEK­END

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple de­scended on the town at the week­end for an­other breath­tak­ing Bray Air Dis­play. The dare­dev­ils stunts per­formed in­cluded the ‘Con­corde Break’ by the Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons, above. Spec­ta­tors, in­clud­ing Mol­lie and Lor­raine Sewell, right, watched dis­plays from Team Raven, the 74-year-old Catalina Fly­ing Boat and the ‘Swedish Air Force His­toric Flight’ team fly­ing Viggen jets and many more. Mar­vel­lous sun­shine as well as plenty of other fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment saw spec­ta­tors spend most of the week­end on the Seafront.

SOME 140,000 peo­ple flocked to Bray at the week­end to take in the spec­tac­u­lar Bray Air Show.

On Satur­day, 50,000 peo­ple lined Bray Prom­e­nade mar­vel­ling at the spec­tac­u­lar aer­o­batic per­for­mances dur­ing the first of the two-day Bray Air Dis­play which sup­ported by the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity.

Amid glo­ri­ous sun­shine, spec­ta­tors were treated to a daz­zling dis­play of pre­ci­sion per­fect ma­noeu­vres from some of the world’s most ac­com­plished aer­o­batic dis­play teams as they looped, twirled and zipped across a pic­ture per­fect blue sky.

Head­lin­ing Satur­day’s dis­play were the Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons – one of the world’s most ex­pe­ri­enced and ac­com­plished aer­o­batic groups. A pro­fes­sional na­tional aer­o­batic team formed in 1976 at the re­quest of His Majesty the Late King Hus­sein Bin Talal, the Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons have an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for pre­ci­sion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance. Fly­ing Ex­tra-300 L aer­o­batic air­craft the highly skilled team set Bray skies alight with their award-win­ning per­for­mance.

Other dis­play high­lights in­cluded a very spe­cial 74-year-old Catalina Fly­ing Boat and the ‘Swedish Air Force His­toric Flight’ team fly­ing Viggen jets.

Vin­tage glam­our was on dis­play with a Bri­tish Spit­fire and a Seafire as well as a beau­ti­ful vin­tage Aer Lin­gus air­craft, the DC-3, pop­u­lar in the 1940s and 50s. Pa­trouille Tran­chant, a Celtic jet team from Brit­tany in France put four Fouga jets through their paces while Nor­way was rep­re­sented by a MiG air­craft as well as a pair of ‘Vam­pires’. Ir­ish avi­a­tion was cel­e­brated at the event by the Ir­ish Air Corps and Ed­die Gog­gins aka ‘ The Fly­ing Den­tist’. The Ir­ish Coast Guard also demon­strated a safe wa­ter res­cue.

A to­tal of 13 acts per­formed on Satur­day while 18 took to the skies on Sun­day, when the num­ber of spec­ta­tors surged to 90,000.

The sun also shone on Sun­day which en­sured a very fes­tive at­mos­phere through­out the day.

Head­lin­ing Sun­day’s per­for­mances was an F-18 jet from the Span­ish air force demon­strat­ing the very best of aer­o­batic skill and per­for­mance. The Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons also wowed the crowd fly­ing Ex­tra-300 L aer­o­batic air­craft. A lit­tle more se­date but equally spe­cial were dis­plays of a 74 year old Catalina Fly­ing Boat and a beau­ti­ful vin­tage Aer Lin­gus DC-3 air­craft re­splen­dent in 1940s liv­ery.

The Ir­ish tal­ent on dis­play again in­cluded Ed­die Gog­gins as well as the Ir­ish Air Corps and the Ir­ish His­toric Flight Founda-

tion fly­ing Stear­man and Chip­munk air­craft. The Ir­ish Coast Guard also demon­strated a safe wa­ter res­cue and a trib­ute was paid to the crew of R116 who trag­i­cally lost their lives ear­lier this year.

Per­for­mances by in­ter­na­tional acts in­cluded the ‘Swedish Air Force His­toric Flight’ team fly­ing Viggen jets, a Bri­tish Spit­fire and a Seafire and a MiG air­craft as well as a pair of ‘Vam­pires’ rep­re­sent­ing Nor­way.

A Celtic jet team from Brit­tany in France, ‘Pa­trouille Tran­chant’, fly­ing four Fouga jets were one of the high­lights fol­low­ing their mag­nif­i­cent fly-over above Croke Park and U2’s home­com­ing gig on Satur­day night.

As well as spec­tac­u­lar scenes in the air there was plenty of fun to be had on ‘ terra firma’ where fam­ily-fun ac­tiv­ity in­cluded a food and craft vil­lage, a fun fair and live mu­sic.

Sé Pardy, Bray Air Dis­play Di­rec­tor said: ‘Bray Air Dis­play 2017 has been a great suc­cess with fan­tas­tic public sup­port. Thank you to ev­ery­one who came out over the week­end to en­joy the spec- tacle. Once again we were blessed with glo­ri­ous sun­shine which made the two days even more spe­cial. We were de­lighted to be part of the IAA’s ‘Avi­a­tion Ire­land’ week­end and look for­ward to an­other won­der­ful dis­play next year.’

Ea­monn Brennan, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity 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 and this year un­der the IAA’s ‘Avi­a­tion Ire­land’ cam­paign we sup­ported not just one but two spec­tac­u­lar air shows over the same week­end at Foynes and at Bray, mak­ing this year an ex­tra spe­cial one for fans of avi­a­tion across Ire­land. We see this as a great av­enue to raise the pro­file of avi­a­tion and to gen­er­ate an in­ter­est in our in­dus­try.’

Sup­ported by main spon­sors the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, as well as Wick­low County Coun­cil and Bray.ie, the award win­ning Bray Air Dis­play is renowned as one of Europe’s best air dis­plays.

Noel Den­ver, Brian Hol­land and Alan Cham­bers at the Martello’s rooftop Sky Bar.

Maria Glynn and Tommy Lang.

Christo­pher Scalici.

The Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons.

Han­nah Coogan, Shauna Lee Thomas and Cathal Mor­aghan watch­ing the show on Satur­day.

Huge crowds on the beach on Sun­day.

The Pa­trouille Tran­chant Fouga.

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