Red Arrows out of Guernsey Air Display

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THE Red Arrows will not be performing at the Guernsey Air Display this year.

Organisers have said the Ministry of Defence had advised them that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) would be away on tour when the display takes place on 14 September.

'The process of securing the Red Arrows participation took place at the end of September 2016, as happens each year, and the Red Arrows' last 2017 public displays in the UK will take place on 9 and 10 September 2017,' a spokesman said.

'The Red Arrows will then depart on tour.

'Every endeavour is now being deployed by the Guernsey Air Display to source and secure display aircraft and aerobatic teams to take the place of the Red Arrows.

'The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), comprising the Lancaster, the Hurricane and the Spitfire, are confirmed to open the Guernsey Air Display that will have extra poignancy this year as it marks the 60th anniversary of the BBMF.'

A privately owned Second World War Spitfire will display on its own within the Air Display line-up.

Also planned for the 2017 Guernsey Air Display are 'The Raiders' the Royal Navy Parachute Team, the Wild Cats, Rich Goodwin and his Pitts S2S aerobatics, a solo female aerobatic display pilot, and the Aerosparx motorised gliders.

Further details will be announced as participants are confirmed.

The Guernsey Air Display will take place between 11am and 1.15pm on Thursday 14 September in the skies above St Peter Port.

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