Thursday 27 October 2016

Supersonic Swiss aces to dazzle our dull skies


"GEt there early" is the message from the organisers of the Bray Air Display which takes place tomorrow.

A record-breaking 88,000 people attended the event last year and this year the skills of the Swiss Air Force aerobatic team - Patrouille Suisse - and the Irish Air Corps are set to be a big draw.

The Swiss pilots are making their Irish debut. They are one of the few aerobatic teams in the world to fly in supersonic jet aircraft with active military pilots, and are based in Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell during their Irish stay.

Swiss Ambassador to Ireland Marie Claude Meylan said that they are the pride of the Swiss Air Force.

"We are delighted to be able to present them to the Irish public for the first time ever in its 51-year history at Bray Air Display," she said.

"We are looking forward to sharing this dazzling display with the crowds at the seaside," she added.

It's part of Bray Summefest and supported by the Irish Aviation Authority. The event starts at 2pm.

It's looks like it should be dry for the spectacular display, although the weather will be mixed overall for the weekend.

Met Eireann said that while today will start mostly dry with some sunny spells over the east and the north, showery rain will spread eastwards. The rain will be persistent and heavy in places, and turn heavy on Saturday night.

However the rain will clear early on Sunday, and much of the day will be dry, it said.

Among the events taking place this weekend in the city is the popular Rose Festival in St Anne's Park, Raheny both today and tomorrow. It's a mix of food, arts and crafts, music and family fun, according to Dublin City Council.

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