Guernsey Air Display 2020

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Witchcraft24
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Guernsey Air Display 2020

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Announced today that the Guernsey Air Display will take place on Sept 10th, assuming no changes to the local COVID situation.

RAFAT and BBMF (Dakota, 2 Spitfires) confirmed plus Catalina self confirmed on their website.

As welcome news as this is to Guernsey folk, this isn’t much good to most on here, as Guernsey is currently COVID free and is maintaining a 14 day quarantine period for all U.K. arrivals in order to keep it that way.

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That’s fantastic news!

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Would this also include a display at Jersey. I attended the display over St Helier last year which was excellent, except for some rather mixed weather.
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Jersey have taken a different path re COVID, and their borders are currently open, with a test on arrival. Also, they are still importing a few cases, so not yet allowing large gatherings - although that could change any time.

I know they hope to hold a display of some kind subject to restrictions at the time, although it seems unlikely it would include the Swedish Historics....

Perhaps somebody else knows more?

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Had a call today from my daughter who lives in Jersey that it has been decided not to hold an Air Show in Jersey this year, however, it is hoped to hold one there next year.
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when I went to the Jersey Display in 2016 (and maybe 2017) the Guernsey display was the same day (in the morning) and all the planes took off from Jersey to do the display. That might all change if they are just doing Guernsey though...

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Line Up announced:

BBMF - Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane
Team Raven
Rich Goodwin Muscle Pitts
RN Merlin
Fireflies
Catalina
Channel Islands Air search Islander
Red Arrows

Just need to keep the island Covid free for another 3 weeks.

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And for those interested:

BBMF plan to operate from Bournemouth
Catalina direct from/to Duxford
RAFAT TBC, but might be Jersey
Merlin operating from Culdrose
All other assets will use Guernsey

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48 hours to the only sea front display in Europe this year, and keeping everything crossed.

As is always the case, a few last minute changes. The Lancaster has pulled out (believe it recovered into Coningsby on a 7700 code the other day).... so just Spitfire and Hurricane.

Team Raven have been affected by the lockdown in Caerphilly ( first COVID cancellation?) and are being replaced by The Blades.

The Merlin has cancelled and is being replaced by a two ship from the Yakolevs.

RAFAT will be flying straight into display from the U.K.

Rich Goodwin, Fireflies, Air Search and Catalina are all still good.

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How was it?
With just the slightest bit of finesse, I might have made a little less mess.

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It was great. Perfect weather. The only seafront display in Europe (the World?) in 2020 and, with the news from Duxford, it looks like the only UK display from RAFAT. I know how lucky we were.

Flying:
Started off by BBMF Spitfire TE311 and Hurricane LF363

Welcome return of the Blades, who made it work after a late call when Team Raven cancelled due to the Caerphilly lockdown.

Local participant, Channel Islands AirSearch Islander performed a role demo with the lifeboat.

New to this event, the Yakolevs pair were very punchy and a great noise.

Rich Goodwin was back with his usual madness in the new blue G-JPIT.

Fireflies put on their usual polished aerobatics - flying into and out of display to Bognor.

Nice to have the graceful Catalina back.

Finally, we were treated to a full RAFAT display in blue skies. Excellent display - you wouldn't have known it was only their second show of the year.

In 2020, it really did feel like "special event" and the island were rewarded in their efforts to remain COVID free.

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