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Fighter jet to thrill air show crowds

A FORMER attack jet will be one of the stars of this year's Air Spectacular Bray air show.

The BAC Strikemaster was an armed version of the Jet Provost trainer which served with air forces in New Zealand, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Oman.

The jet being displayed in Bray is the youngest Strikemaster ever made – it celebrated its 25th birthday in 2011.

It once served with the Oman Air Force, which used its Strikemasters in the Oman-Yemen wars, and is now owned by the Strikemaster Flying Club, based in north Wales.

"It is a very tough aircraft – it has an armoured cockpit, a single but robust Rolls-Royce Viper engine and manual controls," said pilot Capt Mark Petrie. The Bray seafront audience on Sunday, July 21, "will see lots of rolls, loops, barrel rolls, clovers" and fast and slow passes all highlighted by the use of a special smoke system.

Another aircraft sure to prove a hit is the DHC Chipmonk, once a familiar sight in Irish skies where Chipmonks flew as a basic trainer aircraft with the Air Corps.

Biplanes

Aer Arann will show off its new ATR-72-600 airliner while the Trig aerobatic team will display its Pitts Special biplanes.

Other highlights include The Blades, former RAF Red Arrows pilots who fly four aerobatic Extra 300 aircraft in perfect formations.

mlavery@herald.ie


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