Tuesday 21 May 2019

Red Arrows to fly in air display again

The Catalina Flying Boat will take to the skies above Bray this year
The Catalina Flying Boat will take to the skies above Bray this year

Mary Fogarty

The Red Arrows will once again cut a dash in the skies above Wicklow during the Bray Air Display this July.

The display will be on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, with the Red Arrows appearing on the Sunday.

The famous Red Arrows team first jetted into Ireland in their distinctive red livery for the 2016 event and wowed the crowds with pin point precision moves and graceful manoeuvres. Anyone unlucky enough to have missed their performance two years ago will have a second chance to marvel at these master craftsmen this July.

Joining them in the skies this year will be the Royal Jordanian Falcons, which are some of the most skilled aerobatic pilots in the world. The national aerobatic team was formed in 1976 with the mission of promoting peace and friendship globally through the art and science of aviation.

Wildcat Aerobatics will be bringing their close formation aerobatics and precision synchronised flying in the iconic Pitts Special biplane in their choreographed air show act combining a mix of balletic, close formation aerobatics and high speed opposition passes.

The Blades Aerobatic Team are amongst the most expereinced on the circuit and include pilot Kirsty Murphy, formerly the first and only female Red Arrow's pilot. Consisting of 30 exhilarating manoeuvres showcasing a variety of mind-blowing aerobatic stunts, The Blades Extra-300 aircraft are flown just 12 feet apart.

A Celtic jet team from Brittany in France, Tranchant Jet Team, will fly four Fouga aircraft while individual performances will include Dublin's Eddie Goggins (aka 'The Flying Dentist'), the UK's Richard Goodwin and Gerry Humphries with his 'Flying Cow' Vans RV7 solo display.

Bray Air Display isn't just about high energy, exhilarating displays and spectators will enjoy a trip down memory lane with some of the world's most iconic aircraft of the past.

The 'Shamrock 1942' display involves the DC-3 aircraft, one of the most recognisable and iconic planes of the 1930s and '40s and one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. A total of 19 DC-3s were in use by Aer Lingus until 1964.

The Catalina Flying Boat PBY-5A celebrates its 75th birthday this year and will add its display of Dumbbells, flypasts and Orbits to festivities.

The Irish Historic Flight Foundation, which commemorates aviation achievements as well as encouraging an interest in Irish aviation, will bring old world glamour to Bray with Chipmunk and Stearman aircraft flying across the shoreline.

Sé Pardy, Director of Bray Air Display, said: 'It is full steam ahead as we organise the 13th annual Bray Air Display and it's going to be a thrilling spectacle with a line-up of more than 40 aircraft. The calibre of the aerobatic displays at Bray is really second to none and, I believe, inspirational for those considering a career in aviation. Everyone is welcome to enjoy what will be a wonderful free event for young and old alike.'

The weekend will include live music, markets, fun-fair, helicopter rides over Bray Head, hospitality packages and much more.

Wicklow People