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The Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire adapted to become a high performance carrier-based fighter aircraft. Seafire XVII SX336 was built just 15 miles from the Navy Wings heritage hangar by Westland, Yeovil in April 1946 and re-built by Kennet Aviation at North Weald nearly 60 years later. She entered service with the Royal Navy in 1946 at RNAS Bramcote in Warwickshire and it is thought that she served with 833NAS, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve.
The Wasp HAS Mk1 was introduced to service in 1964 and was a first generation jet engine helicopter built for the Royal Navy, based on an original Saunders Roe concept of a light utility helicopter for the British Army – the Scout AH1. The Wasp has a quadricycle undercarriage, with fully castoring, long-stroke oleos and lockable wheels that can be toed outwards or inwards depending on operational need.
The mission of the RAF BBMF is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition to commemorate those who have fallen in service, to promote the modern-day Air Force and to inspire future generations. The motto of the BBMF reflects its mission and honours the thousands of men and women who gave their lives in the noble pursuit of freedom. ‘Lest we forget.’
Team Raven is a formation aerobatic display team that was established in May 2014. The Team name ‘Raven’ came from a play on the letters ‘RV’ and makes more sense if written ‘RaVen’ as per the badge on the sides of the six aircraft fuselages. The RaVens use the Van’s RV aircraft with a mix of one RV4 and five RV8s.
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.
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.
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.
The OV-10B Bronco variant was produced for Germany as a target tug. 18 aircraft were delivered in the early 1970's and were equipped with a steel cable winch inside the fuselage. A clear dome replaced the rear cargo door and a backward facing seat was installed for the winch operator. Following a career spanning 20-years the Bronco was finally replaced by Pilatus PC-9s and IAI Westwinds in 1991.
The Friends of initiative was set up in 2012 to help raise money to fund the Air Display. By becoming a Friend you are doing your bit to bring these wonderful aircraft to the skies of St Peter Port!
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.