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Air Display: What's in the sky and when?

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THOUSANDS of Islanders and visitors are expected to line St Aubin’s Bay today for the annual Jersey International Air Display.

A range of aircraft – from Vietnam-era US Army helicopters to supersonic Swedish Air Force fighter jets – have flown in for the event.

The Breitling Jet Team took some Islanders by surprise yesterday, as they completed a fly-past over the Island in formation.

Event organiser Deputy Mike Higgins said the team – due to headline the display – were ‘as good’ as the Red Arrows and said that anyone not turning out to watch them would be missing out.

‘I will never stop saying it – they are brilliant and people will not know the difference,’ he said.

‘During the flying display, the Red Arrows and Breitling Jet Team – other than a slight difference in the shape of the jets and their colour – they are as good, they are equals. I do not lie and I do not exaggerate.

‘Their lead pilot, Jacques Bothelin, is the most experienced aerobatic pilot in the world and has been doing it for 28 years – most Reds pilots only do it for about three. There is no one with his level of experience.’

A British Airways Airbus A319 in retro British European Airways had been due to come to the event but has had to pull out due to the company’s pilots striking on Monday and Tuesday. One of the two Aerosuperbatics wing-walking biplanes has encountered technical problems and its appearance has also had to be cancelled.

Exact timings for the display line-up are due to be released today at jerseyairdisplay.org.uk.

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The static display is due to be open from 8am until 11am and 5.30pm until 7.30pm. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.

Latest timings as of 11 September 2019:

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Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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