Thank you from everyone involved with the Bray Air Spectacular 2014
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88,000 Turn Out for Bray Air Display An estimated 88,000 spectators turned out to see Ireland’s biggest air show in Bray today, with thousands more watching the display on-line. The Bray Air Display for Bray Summerfest, which is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority, is quickly becoming one of the best attended one day air shows in Europe, according to the Display Director, Captain Sé Pardy. The three hour display was opened by Aer Lingus, quickly followed by the Black Knights Defence Forces Parachute Team, before the ‘Irish Historical Flight’ with the Chipmunks, flying in 1950s Irish Air Corps colours. That was followed by the MIG Microlight and the 1942 Boeing Stearman, which was used to train U.S. cadet pilots during World War Two. The subsonic jet, the eye-catching ‘Miss Demeanour’ Hawker Hunter was one of the main attractions of the show, demonstrating a top speed of 450 miles per hour. Next was the UK-based Twister Aerobatic Display, followed by a replica of a World War One plane, the Se5A. Meanwhile, Ireland’s only civilian aerobatic team, the ‘Flying Farmer’ and the ‘Flying Dentist’, also known as the Aer Dynamics, thrilled the crowds again this year. Gerry Humphreys (the ‘Flying Farmer’) is a former RAF Harriers pilot and Eddie Goggins (the ‘Flying Dentist’) runs a dental practice in South Dublin. The Stobart Air ATR72-600, which is one of the greenest aircraft in the skies, paid a flying visit, followed by the Strike Master. The Irish Coast Guard staged a search and rescue demonstration with the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter and the 1950s ‘Beech Expediter’, which flew in the Royal Canadian Air Force, also made a guest appearance at the display. The Trigg Team Pitts made a welcome return visit to Bray, with a smoke-filled aerobatic display in two biplanes. The Irish Air Corps’ display included the CASA twin-engine transport plane, the PC-9M pilot training aircraft and the Cessna Reims Rockets. The fire-fighting capabilities of the Irish Air Corps was demonstrated with the AW – 139 Helicopter. The crew used a specialist piece of equipment, called the Bambi Bucket, to collect and release 1,200 litres of water. The five member Raven aerobatic team made their Bray debut today, performing close formations along the seafront. Another crowd favourite were the Vampire jet fighters, which were flown by the Norwegian Air Force in the 1950s. Captain Sé Pardy, the Display Director from Simtech Aviation, said: “The Bray Air Display is quickly becoming one of the best attended single day air shows in Europe, thanks to the support of the Irish Aviation Authority and Bray Summerfest. Ireland can be very proud of its achievements in the world of aviation and air shows like the Bray Air Display, are an excellent platform for demonstrating the skills and expertise that we have in this country. I’d also like to pay tribute to all the pilots, ground staff, statutory agencies, the Defence Forces, An Garda Siochana, Air Traffic Control and the team of over 100 volunteers, who make Bray Air Display a landmark event every year.” For the first time in the event's history, the full display was live-streamed through www.AerTv.ie.There were also ground displays along the seafront from the Irish Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, the RAF, the Mullingar Model Flying Club and Executive Helicopters, along with an artisan food market and funfair.