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Dublin: 14 °C Saturday 20 July, 2019
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Over 90,000 people soaked up the sun at the Bray Air Show yesterday

This was the 12th year of the festival.

Defence Forces Black Knights Parachute display team in action yesterday.
Defence Forces Black Knights Parachute display team in action yesterday.
Image: Colin Curran, Des Riordan and Ciaran McCartney

OVER 90,000 PEOPLE turned out at Bray Promenade yesterday during the second day of the annual air display.

Headlining yesterday’s event was an F-18 jet from the Spanish air force. The Royal Jordanian Falcons also performed for the crowd flying Extra-300 L aircraft.

There was plenty of Irish talent on display as well with Eddie Goggins, aka ‘The Flying Dentist’, the Irish Air Corps and the Irish Historic Flight Foundation on show.

The Irish Coast Guard also demonstrated a safe water rescue. A tribute was paid to the crew of the R116 who tragically lost their lives earlier this year.

image5 The moment before a member of the Black Knights parachute team jumped from a helicopter. Source: Colin Curran, Des Riordan and Ciaran McCartney

0298 Bray Air Show_90518679 Crowds enjoyed temperatures of over 25 degrees yesterday. Source: RollingNews.ie

The large Sunday turnout brings to 140,000 the total numbers of spectators who attended this year’s two day air festival, according to the organisers.

0806 Bray Air Show_90518632 The two-day festival has been running for a number of years. Source: RollingNews.ie

Performances by international acts included the ‘Swedish Air Force Historic Flight’ team flying Viggen jets, a British Spitfire as well as a pair of ‘Vampires’ representing Norway.

A Celtic jet team from Brittany in France flying four Fouga jets was one of the highlights following their fly-over above Croke Park and U2’s homecoming gig on Saturday night.

0154 Bray Air Show_90518685 The event drew nearly 100,000 to the seaside town. Source: RollingNews.ie

Sé Pardy, Bray air display director, said: “Thank you to everyone who came out today and yesterday to enjoy the spectacle. Once again we were blessed with glorious sunshine which made the two days even more special.”

0735 Bray Air Show_90518640 This is the same group which flew over the U2 concert on Saturday. Source: RollingNews.ie

Eamonn Brennan, chief executive of the Irish Aviation Authority added that the yearly event is becoming more and more important for local economies.

He added: “The Bray Display has been a phenomenal success over the last couple of years. Aviation is a hugely important economic driver for our country. This year, we supported 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.”

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