Even cloudy skies and showers couldn’t dampen spirits on day two of Bray Air Display 2018. Organisers delayed the start time to wait for the clouds to clear and ensure the best display possible. And it was well worth the wait. Headline act and world-renowned RAF Red Arrows wowed the crowd along with a host of other international acts including the Royal Jordanian Falcons and the Tranchant Jet Team from Brittany in France.
The Irish Air Corps, Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue, and the Garda Air Support Unit showcased the aviation skill and expertise available to support public health and safety while the L.É. ROISÍN was anchored off the Bray shoreline to acknowledge the tremendous work of the Irish naval service.
Other highlights of the display were a Mustang aircraft flown by World Champion Air Racer Paul Bonhomme; Eddie Goggins aka The Flying Dentist performing hair-raising manoeuvres and Richard Goodwin executing gravity-defying moves in his highly modified Pitts special ‘Muscle Bi-Plane’. The Flying Farmer, Gerry Humphries from Limerick showcased his Vans RV7 aircraft painted in the distinctive pattern of a Friesian cow.
As well as high-octane performances, many beautiful vintage aircraft took part in the display including Chipmunk and Stearman of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, the 75 year old Catalina Flying Boat PBY-5A, two Strikemasters aircraft from Wales; a Viggen aircraft from the Swedish Historic Flight Foundation and the Aer Lingus DC-3 1940s aircraft displaying the original livery of that era.
The Irish Parachute Club closed the show with a free fall demonstration onto Bray strand.
Sé Pardy, Director, Bray Air Display, said, “We held our nerve and the sun made a very welcome appearance just in time! Thanks to everyone who made their way to Bray this weekend to enjoy the show – we really appreciate all the support. A big thank you also to our main supporters the IAA as well as Wicklow County Council and all of the volunteers who make the weekend such a success. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!”