The Bray Air Display begins on Saturday with the official practice day for all aircraft accompanied by a food and craft village and seafront fair open, then the main event lifts off on Sunday, July 24 starting the a celebration of an Irish Air Corps century.
Here’s our quick guide to enjoying the return of one of Ireland’s biggest and best summer festivals.
How to get there
All the action takes place on Bray sea ront, which is easily accessible by train via the Dart, by bus or bicycle.
All drivers must pre-book car parking spaces. which are in short supply. The North Event Car Park at Colaiste Raithin is full, but there are spaces in the South Event Car Park at the IDA Business Park, with a free shuttle bus to the seafront.
There are plenty of road closures detailed at brayairdisplay.com.
When to get there
Ground entertainment opens at 12p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the main Bray Air Display launching at 2p.m. on Sunday. If you’re down on Saturday, you’ll get a sneak preview during practice flights.
What to see
There are so many sights and sounds at the 2022 Bray Air Display, but some of them are most definitely unmissable, starting with the opening act!
Celebrate 100 years of Irish military aviation with a spectacular formation display by the Irish Air Corps Silver Swallows. Expect plenty of surprises, and that Aer Lingus fly-by.
Watch the world-famous Red Arrows rip through the sky, blazing their signature trails in roaring twists and turns.
Step back in time as a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane feature in the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and enjoy old world glamour with a glimpse of the Chipmunk, Stearman, P51 Contrary Mary and Catalina Flying Boat.
Marvel at The Flying Dentist Eddie Goggins as he performs The Towering Spiral Cravat, Salmon Leap and Knife Edge Spin in his rapid French single-seater, decorated to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
See a Search and Rescue display led by the Irish Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116.
Watch out for falling parachutists! Both the Irish Parachute Club and the British Black Knights will be freefalling on to Bray beach.
Get a glimpse of a ‘Thunderbolt’ Sweden’s SAAB 37 Viggen, the most advanced fighter jet in Europe when launching in 1967.