A rare chance to see the world’s only two airworthy Avro Lancasters close-up will be offered as part of this year’s Jersey International Air Display, taking place on Thursday 11 September.
The aircraft, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, will form part of the show’s static display at Jersey Airport before and after their flying appearance over the Bay of St Aubin’s on Thursday 11 September. For a small fee, in aid of Help for Heroes, it will be possible to get up close to the pair of Lancasters – an opportunity only afforded at very few venues during the Canadian aircraft’s visit.
The arrival of the Lancasters at Jersey Airport is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday 10 September. They will leave on Friday 12 September. The static display at the airport’s south apron is open during the following times:
- Wednesday 10 September: 14.30hrs to 19.00hrs
- Thursday 11 September: 08.00hrs to 09.30hrs
- Thursday 11 September: 17.30hrs to 19.00hrs
- Friday 12 September: 08.30hrs to 12.00hrs
Admission to the static display costs just £5.00 per person. Visitors are urged also to buy a copy of the show’s comprehensive souvenir programme, as this is one of the major means of funding the display.
The free air display takes place over the Bay of St Aubin’s during the afternoon of Thursday 11 September. Over the years, Jersey has become renowned as one of the most imaginative airshows on the scene — indeed, in 2013 it was the recipient of the prestigious Paul Bowen Trophy, presented by the European Airshow Council to what it considered the previous year’s best European air display.
This year’s list of flying display participants is as follows (correct to 2 September):
- RAF Red Arrows
- RAF Tucano
- RAF Tutor
- RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire
- Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster (first Jersey appearance)
- Army Air Corps Lynx AH7
- Swedish Air Force Historic Flight AJS 37 Viggen, J 29F ‘Tunnan’, SK 35C Draken (first Jersey appearance) and SK 60
- Autogyro (first Jersey appearance)
- English Electric Canberra PR9
- Hawker Hunter T7
- Morane-Saulnier MS406 (first Jersey appearance)
- Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
- Polikarpov I-16 ‘Rata’ (first Jersey appearance)
- Curtiss P-40N Warhawk (first Jersey appearance)
Further acts may be added depending on sponsorship.
In addition, a Polish Navy M28 Bryza 1R maritime patrol aircraft will form part of the airport static display, while helicopters on static display there, and in St Helier’s Lower Park or People’s Park on the day of the flying display, will comprise a Royal Navy Lynx, Merlin and Sea King
For further information, including the latest details of participants and timings, visit www.jerseyairdisplay.org.uk or https://www.facebook.com/JerseyInternationalAirDisplay