Award-winning aerobatic ensemble will take place on 22nd & 23rd July
Awe-inspiring aerobatic acts from across Europe will take to the skies during this summer’s Bray Air Display, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority. The award winning aerobatic ensemble will take place over two days again this year, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2017*. The event, which is renowned as one of Europe’s best air displays, was recognised earlier this year as ‘Best Festival / Event Experience (large)’ at the prestigious, national Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017.
An impressive line-up of aerobatic performers has been confirmed for this year’s display including a demonstration of an F-18 jet from the Spanish air force. This will be the first time that the exciting Spanish display team will perform at Bray represented by Captains Herrera and Agulló, both based at Zaragoza airbase in Spain.
Also on display this year will be the very special Catalina flying boat; the Ravens, a UK based formation aerobatic display team formed in May 2014 and the ‘Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’ team flying Viggen jets. A British Spitfire, probably the best known fighter plane ever produced, will also be part of the line-up. Patrouille Tranchant, a Celtic jet team from Brittany, France flying four Fouga will take part again this year following their first ever appearance in Ireland at Bray last summer. Patrouille Tranchant pilot Hugues Duval became the first pilot in aviation history to cross the English Channel on an electric powered “CriCri” aircraft on July 9th 2015. Norway will be represented by an MIG aircraft as well as a pair of ‘Vampires’, while Irish aviation will be celebrated at the event by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation flying Boeing Stearman and Chipmunk aircraft.
Sé Pardy, Flight Display Director, Bray Air Display, said, “The organising team is working hard to deliver another stellar event this summer. We have a wonderful line up of acts confirmed to date and we’re looking forward to thrilling spectators once more this July. Keep an eye on brayairdisplay.com and social media for updates – we will be announcing more acts over the coming weeks.”
The main supporter of the Bray Air Display is the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as part of its #AviationIreland campaign to promote aviation across the State. The IAA also supports the Foynes Air Show which will take place on Saturday 22nd July in Foynes, Co. Limerick.
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 are supporting 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.”
This will be the twelfth year of the ever popular air show which attracted a record-breaking 140,000 people to Bray, Co. Wicklow last July to see the ‘crème de la crème’ of aerobatic acts perform. Local businesses benefit greatly from the annual influx of visitors from across Ireland and Europe.
*subject to licence