Saturday 20 July 2019

It's plane sailing for daredevil pilots at air show

Allison Bray

SOME 50,000 pairs of eyes scanned the heavens to take in a spectacular aerial display at Ireland's largest air show yesterday.

The seaside town of Bray, Co Wicklow, hosted formation and aerobatic flying for two hours yesterday afternoon during the annual Bray Air Display.

Teams from the Irish Air Corps wowed the crowd with formation flying in a number of planes, including a Pilatus PC-9M, Reims Cessna FR-172 and Agusta Westland AW139 .


Maritime patrol aircraft and rescue helicopters were also put through their paces, including the Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue unit's Sikorsky S-61N.

Daring acrobatic pilots took to the skies, including the Blades Extreme Formation team and a number of individual flyers, including Eddie Goggins flying his Extra 300 and Angelo Cunningham in his Scottish Aviation Bulldog.

The Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue team also participated as well the Gnat Display team, while a number of companies provided parachuting and hot-air balloon demonstrations on the day.

The event was held for free as part of the Bray Summerfest sponsored by Bray Town Council.

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