Guernsey’s annual air display has been enjoyed by thousands of people for nearly 60 years, hosting some of Britain’s most historic and treasured military aircraft, including the iconic Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier acrobatic display teams.
The Guernsey Air Display plays a crucial role in:
Commemorating the lives and legacy of all those RAF aircrew who have served their country with honour and pride over the last 100+ years and ensuring the continued preservation of our historic aircraft which enriches our national heritage.
Celebrating the invaluable work that the RAF Association does for all former and current serving personnel who need support and assistance.
Inspiring the next generation of pilots, engineers and aerospace professionals.
The Air Display falls within Battle of Britain Week which is the main fundraising event for the Guernsey branch of the RAF Association. In 2020 over £10,000 was raised in the week.
The Air Display relies almost entirely on private funding, from Consortium members and Corporate and individual Friends of the Guernsey Air Display. Without this sponsorship and support, this much-loved spectacle, which is free for all islanders to enjoy, cannot take place.
The P8 is a multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, equipped for anti-submarine warfare, as well as surveillance and search and rescue missions. It’s comprehensive mission system features an APY-10 radar with modes for high-resolution mapping, an acoustic sensor system, electro-optical/IT turret and electronic support measures. This equipment delivers comprehensive search and tracking capability, while the aircraft’s weapons system includes torpedoes for engaging sub-surface targets.
The Chinook is an extremely capable and versatile support helicopter primarily used for trooping, resupply and battlefield casualty evacuation. The aircraft may be heavily armed and is fitted with a suite of self-defence equipment, allowing it to operate across highly contested battlespace. With its triple-hook external load system, internal cargo winch, roller conveyor fit, and large power reserves, the aircraft can lift a wide variety of complex underslung or internal freight.
The RAF Typhoon FGR4 is a world-class multi-role combat aircraft capable of being deployed in the full spectrum of air operations, from air policing and peace support through to high-intensity conflict. It provides the RAF with an agile and highly flexible aircraft that significantly enhances the UK military’s fighting capability around the world. With its variety of weapons, the Typhoon is capable of engaging numerous target types.
Representing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the team is the public face of the service. Flying distinctive Hawk fast-jets, the team comprises pilots, engineers and essential support staff with frontline operational experience. With their trademark Diamond Nine shape and combination of close formations and precision flying, the Red Arrows have been displaying since 1965.
Constructed as a P-51D-25-NA, the leased RRHF Mustang rolled off the North American Aviation production line at Inglewood, California, in mid-1944. Delivered in July 1945 as USAAF Serial No. 44-73877, it did not see combat during WWII, and it is believed it spent most of its service life in various training units in the USA. In 1951 it was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force and served with No/ 403 City of Calgary Squadron until April 1959, when it was retired.
The Rolls-Royce Spitfire, PS853, is an unarmed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, one of a batch of 79 Mk XIXs built at Supermarine, Southampton. The Mk XIX was powered by the 2,050 hp Griffon 65 or 66 and represented the pinnacle of the Spitfire’s development in terms of speed and altitude capability, with a top speed of 446mph and a ceiling of 42,000ft.
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, enabling 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.
Undertaking aerobatic manoeuvres less than four metres apart in perfect formation, executing high-speed synchronised passes and extreme gyroscopic aerobatics, the team has won international accolades with their cutting-edge displays. The pilots fly the Extra 300, a low wing high-performance aircraft and have performed over 1,000 displays worldwide since forming 15 years ago.
Solo and formation aerobatic displays by former national aerobatic champions Michael Pickin and Tom Cassells