Frecce Tricolori surprise for Bray, Spitfires & other displays confirmed

We were very surprised on Saturday night when the Frecce Tricolori released their schedule which showed they would be at the Bray Air Display this summer, and today Display Director Captain Sé Pardy appeared on TodayFM to confirm that the Frecce Tricolori will be at Bray.

The Frecce Tricolori are the Italian National Display Team (translated as Tricolour Arrows) and are based at  Rivolto Air Force Base in Italy. They fly the  Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN aircraft but this will be their final year in the MB339 as they look to transition to the  Aermacchi M-345 HET trainers from 2017 onward.

This is a massive coup for Bray, having already confirmed the RAF Red Arrows last week. (Photo from Wikipedia & copyright belongs to Alex Micheu)


Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.

This was not the only confirmation from Mr Pardy today, he confirmed the Breitling Wing walkers will be appearing at Bray. The Breitling Wing walkers have displayed many times in Ireland and are the only aerobatic formation wingwalking team in the world.

 The Display team, AeroSuperBatics have been specialists in display flying for over 30 years and fly Boeing Stearman biplanes. (Photo from Breitling Wingwalkers website)


Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.

And it doesn’t stop there! Another confirmation was the Irish Historic Flight who operatewith 3 Chipmunk aircraft as well as an  Iolar Dragon.The de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined primary trainer aircraft which was the standard primary trainer for the Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Air Force and several other air forces through much of the post-Second World War years.

The de Havilland Chipmunk was the first postwar aviation project of de Havilland Canada.The Iolar Dragon is EI-ABI and was built in 1936, coincidentally the same year Aer Lingus commenced scheduled operations. The inaugural service of the Irish Airline Aer Lingus was provided by a DH.84 Dragon, registration EI-ABI and named Iolar, which means “Eagle” in the Irish language.

For the 50th anniversary of the airline in 1986, a replacement Dragon was acquired, restored, reregistered as EI-ABI and repainted as the Iolar (Photo from Frank Grealish)

Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.
One last display confirmed today was that the Bray Air Display will see Spitfires at the Display, however at time of writing it is unknown where these Spitfires will be coming from. However the sound of WWII Merlin engines over Bray will be a welcome sound to many!
Bray is shaping up to be an amazing show so far!  And from what we hear, there is plenty more surprises to come!



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