Ireland’s biggest and most popular aerobatics display, the award-winning Bray Air Display, supported by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), will take place in just one month’s time, on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2018. The 13th annual aerobatics display promises to be one of the best yet with a return visit by the Red Arrows who will grace Co. Wicklow skies with feats of aviation perfection on the Sunday of the weekend-long event.
While Bray Air Display will kick-off at 3.30pm on the Saturday and 2pm on the Sunday organisers are advising spectators to arrive early for a stress-free journey to Bray. There will be plenty of entertainment before the aviation spectacular gets underway with a host of on-the-ground family fun including a fun fair, live music and a food and craft market, from 12noon each day.
This year’s event features more than 40 aircraft from high-powered jets to more sedate vintage aircraft. The display also involves demonstrations from some of the country’s most critical services – Coastguard Search and Rescue and, new to the event this year, An Garda Síochána helicopter.
Saturday’s display line-up is as follows:
- Irish Air Corps
- The Black Knights
- Make-A-Wish CAP 232 & the Flying Dentist
- Catalina PBY-5A
- Shamrock 1940 (DC-3)
- Gardaí helicopter
- ‘The Flying Cow’ Vans RV7 solo display (Gerry Humphries)
- Irish Historic Flight Foundation (Stearman)
- Irish Parachute Club
- Richard Goodwin Airshows (Pitts special)
- Search & Rescue Coastguard
- Royal Jordanian Falcons
- ME109 & Mustang
- Viggen Display
- Wildcat Aerobatics
In addition to the above, Sunday’s display line-up will also include:
- The Red Arrows
- Aer Lingus, Shamrock 1936
- The Blades Aerobatic Team
- Tranchant Jet Team (Fouga jets)
- Irish Historic Flight Foundation (Chipmunks)
Sé Pardy, Director, Bray Air Display, said, “Bray Air Display 2018 boasts a stellar line-up; a unique opportunity to marvel at the best aviation talent Ireland and Europe has to offer. It’s a wonderful event, not only for aviation enthusiasts but for anyone who enjoys watching the best of the best perform. The event enjoys more and more public support each year – we’re looking forward to putting on a fantastic weekend’s entertainment at the end of July and welcoming everyone to Bray.”
As well as enjoying the free spectacular aviation display, spectators can take a breath-taking helicopter ride over Bray Head, an exhilarating hike along the Cliff Walk, or a more relaxed stroll along Bray’s magnificent Victorian prom.
While Bray Air Display is a free family weekend, hospitality packages are available which offer excellent food, drink and stunning panoramic views of the Bray Air Display flight path from the comfort of a grandstand located on the strand. See brayairdisplay.com/hospitality/ for more information.
“To really enjoy the event and to ensure a stress-free journey we are encouraging spectators to take public transport and make a day of it by arriving early,” continued Sé.
Bray Air Display was recognised as ‘Best Festival / Event Experience over 50,000 people’ at the prestigious, national Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2017 and in 2018 it won silver in the ‘Best Tourism Initiative’ category at the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards.
Aircraft line-up, air display, all ground events and activities are subject to change without notice and may be dependent on weather.