Expect fireworks from Brendan O’brien!
Brendan O’brien, who should need no introduction to anyone who has been on the UK airshow or aerobatics scene for the past forty years or so, has started a new operation, Pilots of the Purple Twilight, to perform primarily at private occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, retirement parties, corporate events or flying, gliding or golf club barbecues. The display features two aircraft: a single-seat clippedwing Piper Cub and a Schweizer 300 helicopter named Otto. “Both can carry a very significant weight of fireworks which will shoot off for up to eight minutes, and they also have special lights attached and powerful smoke systems to add to the overall effect,” says Brendan. “We fill the sky with light, colour and noise to present our clients with a skygasm of aerial pyrotechnics.”
Flying instructor Alex Garman usually flies the Cub while Brendan pilots Otto, and they soon plan to incorporate a laser light show in combination with their pyrotechnics. “The CAA does not currently allow night time pyrotechnic displays, but it is legal to display right up to the last second of official darkness and then fly home... or in the case of the helicopter, land on site for its pilot to mingle with the guests.” (Brendan is a great raconteur, and will be a welcome addition to any party.)
Why the unusual name? It’s a quote from Lord Tennyson’s poem Locksley Hall, which in part predicted aerial warfare way back in 1835:
Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight
dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rained a ghastly dew
From the nations’ airy navies grappling in the central blue. For more details visit: pilotsofthepurpletwilight.com or contact Brendan direct on tel: 07711 757500, email: fly[email protected]
Cub night pyrotechnics, not!
Otto’s heli pyrotechnics