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2011 UK Airshows : REVIEW

Jersey International Air Display

The Jersey International Air Display is always one of the most anticipated events on the airshow calendar each year. Not only is the venue of St Aubin’s Bay one of the most spectacular, the show always attracts some very different display acts that often have never been seen in the mainland UK. Sadly however, in 2011 it was not to be!

Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All photography copyright of the Author.

2011 has seen some very mixed weather. At various points it has been absolutely glorious, but for some of the larger shows it’s been nothing short of a wash out at times. For Jersey though it was at its most frustrating. Warm moist air from the South west brought in low cloud, drizzle and fog for much of the afternoon and for the first time in the show’s history the flying display had to be abandoned despite the efforts of the display pilots.

It was very frustrating for all involved, particularly as the show promised some real gems. Amongst the would-be show stars were DS Aviation’s Sea Vixen, the Fouga Magister fourship of Group Tranchant, a French based Grumman Avenger and the wonderful pair of Dassault Flamants. Jersey also saw the Red Arrows return following the tragic loss of Red 4 Flt Lt Jon Egging.

To add to the woe of visitors that were planning to fly out after the show (including the author) Jersey Airport was closed by the thick fog until lunchtime on the Friday meaning many had to rethink their plans to get home! It was all a huge shame, but we hope to be back next year with some better weather – put a date in your diary for the 13th September 2012!

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