ST. HELIER | This year’s Jersey Air Display will see the return of the RAF Red Arrows, as well as welcoming 2Excel Aviation’s Boeing 727 for the first time, according to the Jersey Evening Post.
The Red Arrows will headline this year’s event on Thursday 9th September, expected to be their first display on the island for three years. Up until 2016, the Reds had visited Jersey every single year for almost half a century, but they were forced to the event in 2016 and 2019 due to overseas tours. Jersey’s 2020 air display was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Performing alongside this Jersey Air Display staple will be 2Excel Aviation’s Boeing 727-2S2F (RE). The company, which is better-known among enthusiasts for owning the Blades aerobatic and racing teams, uses a pair of Lasham-based 727s on oil spill response duties, but the type has displayed at airshows on occasion, including at Farnborough and Cosford.
Also taking part will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, performing with their Avro Lancaster and two Spitfires.
Airshow organiser Mike Higgins told the Post that various measures are being considered to bring the event in line with the island’s coronavirus restrictions. This could include extending the display line or allowing public access to the beach, which is usually closed, to help the crowd spread out more thinly.
Jersey is a self-governing dependency of the UK, and permission for the show must be granted by local authorities. However, the Post reports that organisers are confident the event will go ahead.