Jewels of Jersey
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