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Jersey Air Display : schockwaves beyond the Bay. 10/24/2007


Jersey International Air Display 2007 was held on Thursday September 13th. This yearly air event supports the Jersey Branch of the Royal Air Force Association. As always, it is organised by its team of voluntaries and UK airshow experts with help from local aeroclubs, all under Mike Higgins leadership. The money raised by the Jersey Branch of the RAFA is spent on all members of the Air Force family, veterans of all wars and peace-keeping operations.


Schockwaves beyond the Bay... The display area is over St Aubin's Bay. it is a fantastic and peacefull place 364 days a year, but it is disturbed and stormed one day a year by jet engines that don't 'sound' the same noise as they do in other airshows due to the hills that circle the whole seascape. Yes, the Bay is surrounded by a spectacular lanscape and people come from all Jersey Island to watch this popular air display from St Helier's beach. Helicopter and military vehicles static displays are organised behind the Bay's Esplanade. So popular is the airshow that every year all hotels on the Island are booked a few weeks before the event. Also notice that Jersey International Air Display is very well supported by the Local Tourism authorities and sponsors.



Jersey International Air Display 2007 four hours long flying display included several unique historic airplanes came from the UK, France and Scandinavia : a Hawker Nimrod II, a Junkers Ju-52 from Salis Aviation, a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a Hawker Hurricane, a T-28 Fennec, Boeing B-17 'Pink Lady' from the french 'Forteresse Toujours Volante' association, B-25 Mitchell operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight, A-26 Invader and P-51 D Mustang from the 'Scandinavian Historic Flight', a Gloster Meteor NF11, a F-86 Sabre from the' Golden Apple Trust', a North American OV-10 Bronco , and a Antonov An-2 Colt, The RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire, Hurricane, and Dakota also overflew the place, the Dak dropping parachutists.



Jersey, Guernsey and Aurigny Islands were the only british territories that were invaded by German troops during World War two, so the overflight of Jersey Island by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Ju-52 were a piece of emotion. It must be pointed out that the Island has strong historic connections with (Normandy) France and Scandinavian countries also, and that is the reason why the show coordinators are keen to attract vintage airplanes from theses countries.
Noteworthy were the Gloster Meteor NF11 joining up with the 'Golden' F-86 Sabre. Only a few places such as Jersey International Air Display provide such unique sights and displays. Another 1950s jetfighter - a Saab J-29 Tunnan - was scheduled but did not show up due to fuel leaks.
Jersey is one of the few airshows in the world that include commercial airliners. Not only did a superb 'Air Atlantique Classic Flight' Douglas DC-6 close the whole display, but modern commercial airplanes also took part. A De Havilland Dragon Rapide performed an evocative landing on the beach in front of the 'Grand Hotel Jersey' just as it used to - during the 1930s - as a regular airline flying british tourists on the sand. Local 'Blue Islands' airline Britten Norman Islander and a Trislander flew together. 'Blue Island' also featured one of its BAe Jetstreams. Last but not least, a BMI airline Airbus A-320-232 flew with the the Red Arrows before the team closed the afternoon.


RAF participation included the 'Falcons' Parachute Team, a solo Grob Tutor, a solo RAF Tucano T.Mk.1 flown by Flt Lt Bbby Moore (from 72(R) Squadron), a solo RAF Hawk T.Mk.1/1A flown by by Flt.Lt. Mike Child (from 208 (R) Squadron) and a Typhoon F.2 solo display by Flt Lt Jim Walls (from 29(R) Squadron Operational Conversion Unit (OCU). At the last Royal International Air Tattoo 2007, Flt Lt Jim Walls was presented with the 'Sir Douglas Bader Trophy' for best individual flying demonstration, and 'As The Crow Flies Trophy' from the Friends of RIAT.
It was the only modern jet of the day, but what a show it was, even for me, shooting that Typhoon under its reheating engines - without earplugs - from the top of a tower. It really broke that peacefull seashore atmosphere, and surely under such a glorious weather, this year's 'Jersey International' was a fine one.


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