Flight fanatics and aircraft aficionados, the annual Bray Air Display takes place on Sunday, 20th July, as part of this year’s Bray Summerfest.
Ireland’s largest free air show takes to the skies this July with the support of the Irish Aviation Authority. The display will be opened by Aer Lingus A321 and past partakers the Twister Team will be making an anticipated return with their Silence Twister aircraft with pyrotechnic effects! The Pitts Trig Team and the Augusta Westland Aw 139 twin engine helicopter will also be entertaining the masses from the skies.
There will also be some aviation history created on the day, with a special air display by three vintage aircraft: Aer Lingus’ Iolar and two Chipmunks, flying in retro Irish Air Corps colours.
Buckle up for the ‘Flying Dentist‘ (former aerobatic champion, Eddie Goggins) and the ‘Flying Farmer’ (former RAF pilot, Gerry Humphreys) as they team up for Aer Dynamics. Expect crossover loops, synchronised hammerheads and split shamrocks, whatever they may be. We think you might need to see this if you haven’t before witnessed any aerobatics.
Once the crick in your neck gets too much from craning your head towards the sky, there’s plenty to entertain on the ground, including exhibitions, equipment displays and air themed photobooths. Plus the Bray Air Display is just one of the highlights in the annual Bray Summerfest programme, which runs from July 5 until August 4, including free live music, over 60 free family events, fireworks, a food and gardening weekend and an open air cinema.
Due to the large crowds expected on July 20, spectators are strongly advised to use public transport such as Dublin Bus and DART.
Last year 85,000 people took to plane spotting for the occasion and similar numbers are expected this year. However, the total audience will more than double this year with the news that the show will be broadcast around the world for AerTv, focusing attention on Irish aviation. So, if you can’t attend the show, then check out the free live stream which is available around the world.
More information around the air show is available from the Bray Air Display and Bray Summerfest websites. The three hour display starts at 3.30pm on Sunday, 20th July. There will also be a practice day on Saturday 19th July from 12 noon.
You can follow the Bray Air Show on Twitter, and remember to use the hashtags #BrayAir and #bsf14 (Bray Sumerfest).
Bray Air Display 2014
Lead image Beech C-45 Expeditor via Bray Air Show Facebook page