Exclusive performance by Red Arrows in Ireland this year will be at Bray Air Display 


The Red Arrows, acknowledged as one of the world’s premier and most celebrated aerobatic display teams, have been confirmed as the centre piece of this summer’s Bray Air Display. The event will take place over two days this year, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July*, with the Red Arrows performing on the Sunday.


This will be the first time that the Red Arrows will perform at the annual event and the team’s only performance in Ireland this year. Bray Air Display is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Wicklow County Council and Bray.ie, and takes place for the eleventh time this year.


Se Pardy, Bray Air Display Director, said, “We are thrilled to announce that the Red Arrows will perform this year. Every year we look at how we can increase the display’s entertainment value. This year the Red Arrows, along with other acts to be announced, will certainly do this. It promises to be a real treat for spectators and will make what is always a memorable event extra-special this year – it’s going to be an incredible show. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming the Red Arrows to Bray.”


Squadron Leader Mike Ling, Red 10 and Safety Supervisor of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said, “This will be the first time that the Red Arrows have performed at the Bray Air Display and we hope the large audiences, which I know number in their tens of thousands, will enjoy watching the team’s 2016 show. It’s always a huge honour for the Red Arrows to visit a new location, meet people and also a privilege to display to a knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowd.”


“The 2016 display has several new features, with a combination of close-formation, precision flying, and also dynamic moves which I believe will be well-received by audiences all season, including at Bray,” concluded Ling.


Mr. Peter Kearney, IAA Director of ATM Operations & Strategy, commented: “The Red Arrows will inspire young people to look at aviation as a career and provide a world class display.”


Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Squadron is famous for performing dynamic loops, rolls and precision formations such as their trademark ‘Diamond Nine’. Flying distinctive BAE Systems Hawk T1 jets, the team is made up of nine display pilots, who wear red coveralls, and more than 100 engineers and essential support staff, who wear blue suits.


Each of the pilots has operational experience flying Royal Air Force Tornados or Typhoons, before they join the team. Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, the Red Arrows have completed more than 4,700 displays in 56 countries since their first season in 1965.


The Red Arrows will join a packed schedule of aerobatic display teams from across Ireland, the UK and Europe led by the acclaimed Irish Air Corp in this significant year of 1916 commemoration.


The Bray Air Display has been established as a hugely anticipated and popular event in the summer festival calendar attracting up to 90,000 spectators to the Co. Wicklow seaside town.


The full event line up will be announced in the coming weeks on the event’s new look website www.brayairdisplay.com.


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Photographs with thanks to Jamie Hunter / Aviacom © 2016