The two day Bray Air Display boasts over 140,000 people attending each year, making it one of the largest airshows in Europe. It has won several Irish tourism awards and is a very popular day out.
One of the highlights of the display each year is the flyby of an Aer Lingus aircraft along with the Irish Air Corps in their Pilatus PC9 turboprops. For those that aren’t Irish, Bray is a coastal town located around 20 kilometres south of Dublin city centre.
Bray Air Display 2019
Aer Lingus have put together a little video about their participation in the show, which took place on 27 and 28 July. It runs for just over a minute and a half and is definitely worth checking out.
Rather than just showing the Airbus A320 in the sky, it also shows things such as the pilots preparing for the flight, cockpit views, some shots out the windows and views from the ground. It’s nicely put together.
What About Foynes?
The other major air show in Ireland was held at Foynes on the west coast beside Shannon Airport. This is where the transatlantic flying boats had their terminal back in the 1930s and 1940s.
Unfortunately the Foynes Air Show is currently suspended. It is a shame – I attended the one in 2017 and really enjoyed it. Also located at Foynes is the fabulous Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which is well worth attending if you’re in the area.
Airshows are always enjoyable and the one at Bray is the main event when it comes to airshows in Ireland. Half of the fun is seeing the reactions of the children who are attending, ranging from fear to awe to total excitement. Noisy jets tend to make little girls scream and hide, which is pretty amusing!
Have you attended an airshow before? Where did you go and what was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image via Bray Air Display.