LARGE crowds are expected in Bray, Co Wicklow, today to witness spectacular stunt pilots perform in the Summerfest Air Spectacular 2009.

Now in its third consecutive year, the free family event will host a number of Irish and international pilots performing death-defying stunts. Organisers say the line-up will include "extreme aerobatic formations, search-and-rescue demonstrations and parachuting".

Top of the bill will be the Blades Formation Team (above). The Irish Air Corps, the US Air National Guard Airlift Wing, the Irish Coast Guard and the Black Knights Army Parachute Team will also entertain the crowds.

The event is due to begin at 3.30pm today on Bray seafront.