Jersey and Guernsey Air Displays

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Jersey and Guernsey Air Displays 

Jersey and Guernsey Air Displays 2018

13th September

approx 11am – 1.15pm St Peter Port, Guernsey
approx 12 – 5pm St Aubin’s Bay, Jersey

Enjoy the Air Display

Each September, The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey celebrate Battle of Britain week with a fantastic Air Display. Taking place over St Peter Port, Guernsey in the morning and St Aubin’s Bay, Jersey in the afternoon, the display captures the spirit of bygone times with a fly over from Second World War planes as well as breathtaking aerial acrobatics.

It’s a great time to visit and enjoy the islands’ and whether it’s a short break or longer holiday, take a look at our Jersey holiday packages or Guernsey holiday packages pages to see offers and breakaways inclusive of hotel and car ferry.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Between 7th and 15th of September 1940, British cities were showered repeatedly by Luftwaffe bombs as part of Hitler’s plan to dismantle and destroy The Royal Air Force. Today, it’s hard to imagine the sights and sounds of that night time bombing as more than 1,500 planes took to the skies. A commemorative fly past involving Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire aeroplanes at the display reminds us not only of the size and sound of the wartime but of the bravery shown by the pilots who took part. The Display team also carry the motto, ‘Lest We Forget,’ remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom.

The Lancaster

With only two flightworthy Lancasters left, seeing one of these amazing machines in flight is a rarity, however in 2014, both surviving Lancasters will fly past when Canadian kept Avro Lancaster, ‘Vera’ joins her British sibling in The Channel Islands.

The Red Arrows and Aerobatics

The RAF Tucano Display Team will be joined by The Red Arrows and wing walking teams such as Aerosuperbatics in superb dare devil acrobatic aerial displays. With safety in mind at all times, the Tucano offers a new livery display each year, visible to spectators on the ground as it defies reason in its sometimes vertical manoeuvres whilst RAF ambassadors, the Red Arrows thrill with their loops, climbs and spins in synchronised moves. Flying BAE Systems HawkT1 and encountering up to 7G of G-force in routines often spaced only 6ft apart, their iconic red, white and blue smoke trails colour the sky. RV-8, Jet Provost, Breitling Wingwalkers, Pitts S2S, Blades and the Wildcats Formation Team might be expected.

Other participants

RAF Merlin helicopter team, SK60, Viggen, T28 ‘S’ and the only remaining B17 in Europe have also taken part in past displays. The Air Display Programme is usually published 2 weeks before the event.

Jersey International Air Display

Viewed from the wide curve of St Aubin’s Bay, the Air Display is joined by static exhibitions of aircraft, helicopters and model aircraft in the surrounding area and at the airport.

Guernsey Air Display

Taking place over the east coast of the island around St Peter Port, spectators from the north east to south east should enjoy spectacular views with White Rock Pier being a recommended viewing point.

Fundraising

Both air displays are free to watch but the extra event stalls, sponsors and exhibitions help to raise money for Forces Charities.

Battle of Britain Air Display in Guernsey
Red arrows at Jersey Air Display
Plane and flag at Guernsey Air Display