The Jersey International Air Display on Thursday 13 September will see the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight participating with two classic jets not seen before in the British Isles.
Jersey is currently the only British event at which the SwAFHF’s classic Saab jets can give flying displays, as their pilots do not possess display authorisations from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Present on this occasion will be the flight’s single-seat J 35J Draken and two-seat SK 37E Viggen, both of which have recently returned to airworthiness on the Swedish civil register. In the past, Jersey has seen visits by the two-seat Draken and single-seat Viggen. Completing the SwAFHF contribution is the SK 60 trainer. The two J 32 Lansens previously scheduled for the show have had to cancel.
Other rare items on the Jersey bill include the sole airworthy Nord Noratlas, from the French Noratlas de Provence association, which has not been seen at a British event since 2003. The flying display takes place over the natural amphitheatre of St Aubin’s Bay in the capital St Helier, but a static display will also be open at Jersey Airport on the Wednesday afternoon and before and after the flying display on Thursday. For more information, see www.jerseyairdisplay.org.uk.