Published on June 25th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Line up announced for the 2017 Bray Airshow

The 2017 line-up for the Bray Airshow has been announced and it includes an impressive list of displays. Although we don’t have the Frecce Tricolore or Red Arrows that displayed in 2016, the organising team have done a great job in attracting a wide range of excellent displays from across Europe and beyond! There’s everything from fast jets to vintage aircraft, see below for full details.

140,000 people made their way to Bray Promenade for the display last year which has been established as one of the country’s most popular, free, family summer events. Those planning to attend are advised to use public transport for a stress-free journey, allow extra time for the trip to Bray and plan to arrive early to fully enjoy the fantastic event.

Announcing the line up during the week Flight Display Director Sé Pardy said, “The countdown is on with just 30 days to go to the Bray Air Display weekend. It is all systems go as we work to get everything in place for what will be the family event of the summer. We have a wonderful line up of some of the most talented aerobatic display teams from across the world, flying vintage and modern day aircraft. All we need now is the sun to shine!”

The main supporter of the Bray Air Display is the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) as part of its #AviationIreland campaign to promote aviation across the State. The IAA also supports the Foynes Air Show which will take place on Saturday 22nd July in Foynes, Co. Limerick.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive of the IAA said, “Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country and this year under the IAA’s “Aviation Ireland” campaign we are supporting not just one but two spectacular air shows over the same weekend at Foynes and at Bray, making this year an extra special one for fans of aviation across Ireland. We see this as a great avenue to raise the profile of aviation and to generate an interest in our industry.”

Royal Jordanian Falcons – Flying 5 Extra-300 L aerobatic aircraft the Royal Jordanian Falcons 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 to the world through the art and science of aviation.

F-18 jet from the Spanish Air Force – This will be the first time that the exciting Spanish display team will perform at Bray represented by Captains Herrera and Agulló, both based at Zaragoza airbase in Spain who will provide us with a demonstration of an F-18 jet.

Catalina Flying Boat – The PBY Catalina series of flying boats was originally conceived to meet a military requirement and its development built on Consolidated’s experience with earlier flying boat designs.

The Blades – A leading display team of former Red Arrow pilots. With over 30,000 flying hours and more than 4,000 displays between them, The Blades are amongst the most experienced display pilots.

The Patrouille Tranchant fly the Fouga – The Patrouille Tranchant, a Celtic jet team from Brittany, France will be flying four Fouga.

Norwegian Vampire – The Vampire was a versatile aircraft, setting many aviation firsts and records, being the first RAF fighter with a top speed exceeding 500 mph.

MIG Aircraft – Norway will be represented by an MIG aircraft.

British Spitfire & Mustang – Vintage glamour will be on show with a spitfire and mustang in the skies over Bray

The Irish Air Corps – Approximately 750 men and women serve in the Air Corps which operates 17 fixed wing aircraft and 10 rotary wing aircraft.

Black Knights – Irish Defence Forces Parachute Team – the most successful parachute team ever to come out of Ireland.

Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration

Strikemasters – With a top speed of 450 knots and a service ceiling of 35,000 feet the Strikemaster is a very capable aircraft. Two Strikemasters owned by Strikemaster Flying Club, based with North Wales Military Aviation Services Ltd will be on display

Irish Historic Flight Foundation – Irish aviation will be celebrated at the Bray Air Display by the Irish Historic Flight Foundation flying Boeing Stearman and Chipmunk aircraft.

Team Raven – Watch as this UK formation aerobatic display team fly 6 Van’s RV8 and RV4 aircraft.

The Fireflies – Flying two Van RV4s, travelling at everything from zero to over 200 mph.

Viggen jet from the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight – The ‘Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’ team will be flying a Viggen jet.

Irish Parachute Club – A non-profit organisation dedicated to the training of skydivers.

Aer Lingus – A321 Aer Lingus’ new passenger aircraft.

Aer Lingus DC-3 – One of the most recognisable and iconic planes of its generation. This plane revolutionised air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its impact on the aviation industry make it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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