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Monday 5 December 2016

Bray Air Display off to a flier as Red Arrows sign up for show

Bray will be the Red Arrows' only performance in Ireland this year (Andrew Downes)
Bray will be the Red Arrows' only performance in Ireland this year (Andrew Downes)

The Red Arrows will put on a spectacular aerobatic show at the Bray Air Display this summer.

Spectators are in for a treat at the annual show on Sunday, July 24.

This is the first time that the Red Arrows will perform at the event and will be the team's only performance in Ireland this year.

Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the squadron is famous for performing 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.

Thrilled

Squadron leader Mike Ling is looking forward to showing off for the crowds.

"We hope the large audiences, which I know number in the tens of thousands, will enjoy the team's 2016 show," he said.

Se Pardy, Bray Air Display director, said they are "thrilled" to bring the team to the festival.

"Every year we look at how we can increase the display's entertainment value," he said.

"This year the Red Arrows, along with other acts to be announced, will certainly do this."

Bray Air Display is supported by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Wicklow County Council and Bray.ie, and takes place for the 11th time this year.

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