2019 Guernsey Air Display
Bader's Bus Company, the UK's first and only disabled formation flying team
The Cheeky Champ is a 1946 Aeronca Champ 7AC (70 years old!), powered by a flat four air-cooled piston engine that produces 75 horse power flat out (A75 continental). It has no electrics other than the magnetos for the spark plugs so has to be hand-started. It has no fuel pump as it is gravity fed, no flaps for slowing down or extra lift, and the brakes are cable operated drum brakes of limited use.
Rich Goodwin’s unique Pitts S2S has symmetrical wings and four symmetrical ailerons with spades on the lower set to help reduce stick force in a roll. The six cylinder engine has more of a growl than its predecessors and this enables the S2S to draw longer vertical lines than its smaller brothers and sisters. It is also capable of spectacular tumbles and a different style of high energy aerobatics.
The UK’s first disabled display team is made up of three disabled aviators flying PA-28 Warrior aircraft. The team is named after Sir Douglas Bader who famously defended the nation during the Battle of Britain despite being a double amputee and was formed with Aerobility, which has spent the last 25 years making it possible for people to participate in aviation-related activities regardless of their disability.
A five 'ship' display team, Team Raven was formed in 2014 and over the past four years have striven to create a professional and effective display team that embodies the shared values of professionalism, drive and enthusiasm for aviation and display flying at the highest standards.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is one of he world's premier aerobatic display teams. Representing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the team is the public face of the service. With their trademark Diamond Nine shape and combination of formations and precision flying, the Red Arrows have been displaying since 1965.