Up to 90,000 marvel at incredible Bray Air Display aerobatic performances
140,000 attend #BrayAirDisplay two day spectacle
A crowd of up to 90,000 people made their way to Bray Promenade today (Sunday 23rd July) to marvel at awe-inspiring aerobatic performances during the second day of this year’s award winning Bray Air Display, supported by the Irish Aviation Authority. This brings to 140,000 the total numbers of spectators who attended this year’s spectacular two day air festival to enjoy dizzying displays by 18 high performance teams from across Europe and Ireland. Bray basked in glorious sunshine yesterday and right on cue, the sun made a welcome return today just before the first aircraft took to the skies.
Headlining today 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. There was plenty of other Irish talent on display with Eddie Goggins, aka ‘The Flying Dentist’, the Irish Air Corps and the Irish Historic Flight Foundation flying Stearman and Chipmunk aircraft. The Irish Coast Guard also demonstrated a safe water rescue. A fitting tribute was paid to the courageous crew of the 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 last night.
As well as spectacular scenes in the air at the Bray Air Display there was plenty of fun to be had on ‘terra firma’. On the ground family-fun activity included a food & craft village, a fun fair and live music.
“Bray Air Display 2017 has been a great success with fantastic public support. Thank you to everyone who came out today and yesterday to enjoy the spectacle. Once again we were blessed with glorious sunshine which made the two days even more special,” said Sé Pardy, Bray Air Display Director. “We were delighted to be part of the IAA’s ‘Aviation Ireland’ weekend and look forward to another wonderful display next year.”