Bray Air Dis­play line-up to in­clude The Blades

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A THRILLING line-up has been an­nounced for this year’s Bray Air Dis­play, tak­ing place on Satur­day and Sun­day, July 27 and 28.

Some of the best dis­play teams and in­di­vid­ual acts from around the world will show­case their aer­o­batic skills and per­form to thou­sands of spec­ta­tors.

There will be a dis­play by a fully elec­tric Cri Cri air­craft that will take off from on top of a Brous­sard MH1521 air­craft while mid-flight.

The dis­play will fea­ture aer­o­batic su­per­stars The Blades; a team com­prised of for­mer Red Ar­row pilots, in­clud­ing Kirsty Mur­phy – the first and only fe­male for­mer Red Ar­row pi­lot who flies along­side her hus­band Ben.

The spec­tac­u­lar Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons aer­o­batic team will travel all the way from the West Asian king­dom, and there will be jaw drop­ping dis­plays by Ire­land’s fly­ing den­tist Ed­die Gog­gins, and the Uk’s Richard Good­win.

‘The award-win­ning Bray Air Dis­play at­tracts the very best on the air show cir­cuit,’ said dis­play di­rec­tor Sé Pardy.

‘Pilots love per­form­ing here to the won­der­fully en­thu­si­as­tic and sup­port­ive crowd against the nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre of Bray’s coast­line and spec­tac­u­lar Bray Head.

‘Spec­ta­tors can look for­ward to a thrilling line-up of the very best homegrown Ir­ish avi­a­tion tal­ent as well as some of the most skilled pilots from across the UK, Europe and fur­ther afield.’

Some of the Ir­ish acts will in­clude the Ir­ish Air Corps, the Aer Lin­gus Air­bus A320, from the Ir­ish His­toric Flight Foun­da­tion Chip­munk and Stear­man air­craft, the Ir­ish Para­chute Club, the Black Knights, and a search and res­cue dis­play, hon­our­ing the self­less men and women who play such a key role safe­guard­ing Ir­ish lives, as well as pi­lot Dave Bru­ton fly­ing a su­per Sukhoi 31.

From the UK, there will be vin­tage avi­a­tion style from P51 Miss He­len Mus­tang and a Royal Air Force Tu­cano, two Strike­mas­ter air­craft, and pic­ture per­fect for­ma­tion from the Ravens.

On the ground, there will be the fun­fair and food vil­lage along the seafront, as well as heli­copter rides over Bray Head from 12 each day.

‘Mak­ing the Bray Air Dis­play hap­pen ev­ery year is very much a team ef­fort that takes months of hard-work, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment,’ said Sé Our sin­cere grat­i­tude to ev­ery­one in­volved. As a team we can’t wait to see you back in Bray this July for this fan­tas­tic free week­end which the whole fam­ily can en­joy.’

The Blades.

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