Jew­els of Jersey

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & pho­tos: Ben Dun­nell

The clas­sic jets of the Swedish Air Force His­toric Flight were once again the stars of the Jersey In­ter­na­tional Air Dis­play, held this year on Thurs­day 13 Septem­ber. Nei­ther the sin­gle­seat J 35J Draken SE-DXR, nor the two-seat SK 37E Viggen SE-DXO, had been seen at a Bri­tish show be­fore, and they gave su­perb dis­plays in the hands of Lars Martins­son and Stel­lan An­der­s­son. Both air­craft have only re­cently re­turned to flight, fur­ther aug­ment­ing the SWAFHF’S fleet of his­toric Saab types. It had been hoped for the flight’s two Lansens to join them, but their can­cel­la­tion means a fur­ther dif­fer­ent for­ma­tion can hope­fully be pre­sented in Jersey next time.

The rest of the line-up was a typ­i­cally dis­tinc­tive Jersey af­fair. The Nord 2501F No­rat­las, from the Mar­seille-based No­rat­las de Provence as­so­ci­a­tion, put on a ma­jes­tic per­for­mance and was new to the dis­play, hav­ing last vis­ited the Bri­tish Isles fif­teen years ago. An MD311 and MD312 Fla­mant pair hailed from the A3A oper­a­tion in Alençon, which also sent its MH1521M Brous­sard for a solo demon­stra­tion. War­bird fighter ac­tion came, amongst oth­ers, from Remko Si­jben and Rick van der Graaf giv­ing a spir­ited dog­fight sim­u­la­tion with their Boomerang and Yak-3 re­spec­tively. More fa­mil­iar to Bri­tish au­di­ences, Richard Grace in Fighter Avi­a­tion En­gi­neer­ing’s P-47D Thun­der­bolt Nel­lie and Lars Ness at the con­trols of Shaun Pa­trick’s P-51D Mus­tang teamed up for some passes. Against pure blue skies, the

Red Ar­rows made a wel­come re­turn af­ter miss­ing last year’s show due to an over­seas tour, but just as pop­u­lar with the crowd around St Au­bin’s Bay was a re­mark­able sailplane dis­play from the Glid­erfx team. Guy West­gate in the MDM-1 Fox was aero­towed off the sand by a Piper Pawnee and landed back on the beach af­ter a mar­vel­lous aer­o­batic se­quence. This is be­lieved to have been the first time a glider had flown in Jersey since the 1930s.

Bris­tol Her­cules-pow­ered No­rat­las was a no­table par­tic­i­pant

His­toric Swedish jets, in the form of J 35J Draken and SK 37E Viggen, once more stole the show

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