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50th Air Display today

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THE annual Guernsey Air Display will take place today for the 50th time.

Strikemaster, left, and Jet Provost planes take a tour of the island’s east coast yesterday. (Picture supplied by Jon Le Ray)

Before the first official air show in 1967, islanders would view the planes practising overhead before the Jersey Air Display.

Since then, the show has attracted thousands of islanders to view a number of impressive aircraft.

Generations of school children will remember being allowed out of school to view, most notably, the Red Arrow display.

Although, without the Red Arrows, this year’s display will feature planes of acrobatic feats and models of classic engineering. The Messerschmitt Bf 108 has cancelled its participation due to the strong weather conditions.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane & Spitfire) will also no longer be part of the display due to the prevailing weather conditions between RAF Coningsby (Lincolnshire) and the Channel Islands.

However, the BBMF has advised that it will now do a single fly past along the east coast of Guernsey at 2.40pm and then will do a single flypast in Jersey before immediately returning to RAF Coningsby.

The time table is as follows:

11.18am Team Raven – sixe ship formation

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11.37am The City of Exeter Spitfire, Boultbee Flight Academy

11.49am Twirlybatics – Corinne Dennis in her personally built Pitts Special biplane called Tarquin

11.58am Beech 18 – on the of the most successful ever US built airliners whose prototype originally flew in 1937

12.08pm Strikemaster & Jet Provost Mk5 – Duo Formation

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12.19pm Rich Goodwin in his unmissable red Muscle Biplane

12.32pm Chipmunk

12.41pm Wildcat Aerobatics

12.55pm Global Stars –four ship formation with some of the world’s leading aerobatic pilots who have won competitions around the world

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