THE country’s largest free air show takes place today, with over 80,000 spectators expected at the annual Air Spectacular in Bray.
Irish aerobatic pilot Dave Burton in his high speed SBach 342 will be thrilling the crowds with a smoked fill display again this year.
But he also thrilled Sunday Independent photographer Gerry Mooney earlier this week with a stunning flight above Dublin – footage of which can be watched here.
Manoeuvres recorded include vertical towering roles, powered on flat spins, tail slides
Today’s show starts at 3pm over Bray Seafront, with the three hour display features top international acts such as The Blades Extreme Formation Team, the Trig Aerobatic Team and the Silence Twister.
The Black Knights Defence Forces Parachute team will be officially opening the air show, along with aircraft from the Irish Air Corps, Aer Lingus and the Coastguard.
Organisers are strongly recommending visitors to use public transport, such as the DART and Dublin Bus, as parking and traffic restrictions will be in place throughout the day (www.airspectacular.com).
The UK-based Blades ‘extreme formation’ team is set to perform a series of technically-demanding and breath-taking manoeuvres again this year. The four former RAF pilots are famous for their high speed formations such as the ‘Hammerhead,’ the ‘Blade Break,’ the ‘Palm Tree Split’ and the ‘Centrifuge.’