My favourite event of the year has just taken place this last week, and it was as fantastic as ever!
The Jersey International Air Display takes place every September and seems to come around quicker each year, which is fine by me!
Every year, an array of planes descend on the island for the afternoon, to entertain us all with their astounding skills.
This year, we were blessed with a beautiful sunshiny day and scorching heat to enjoy the event, which is possibly the best free air display in Europe.
Some friends and I had decided to take along our own picnic and find a spot down in the Lower Park in St Aubins Bay.
We found a grassy spot with a prime view and set about diving into our delicious picnic before the planes arrived, all served from arguably my new favourite possession, my cute little wicker picnic basket!
This year’s Air Display promised another great line up of planes, which the hardworking organisers manage to deliver every year. With generous support from sponsors, the Air Display supports the islands tourism industry and also raises money for British Service Charities.
The Air Display organisers are currently looking for new sponsors to assist with keeping the show going, following the loss of a longstanding sponsor this year, so if you do know of anyone who wants to support this brilliant event, please do get in touch with the organisers through their website.
We admired the view from our picnic spot, whilst the first few planes made their way overhead, including Spitfires and the SeaVixen, which caused a deafening rumble throughout the whole bay, such an incredible atmosphere!
All along the Lower Park, were bars and food stalls, RAF stalls, Navy Stalls and even a hot air balloon display. They are set up to sell merchandise, raise money for charity and also, to educate people on the work they do.
Other planes featured in the display included; Boomerang, BBMF, Viggen, Draken, RAF SeaKing, MIG 15, Bronco and more! You can see the full listing on the Jersey International Air Display Website.
The highlight of the show for me however, has got to be the Red Arrows display, which closes the show each year.
The formation you see above was a special one, introduced for this year’s show only, it is modelled on and named after the Spitfire Aircraft.
The RAF Red Arrows put on a breathtaking display every year, with daring moves that have you holding your breath whilst watching. As at the end of 2014, they have flown an amazing 4,660 displays in no less than 56 countries.
The pilots are all exceptionally dedicated and highly trained, having all flown in service and even served on the front line for our country.
The whole crowd cheered and gasped as they performed their stunning moves with exceptional precision, a perfect end to another wonderful Jersey International Air Display.
Or at least, that’s what we thought! After the display ended, my friends and I popped over to Tiffin for a light snack and a glass of wine to end the day.
Whilst relaxing and enjoying the last of the day, a few of the planes turned up to give us one last, spectacular surprise!
I scrambled up to snap some quick photos of the magnificent surprise display as quick as I could! It was truly a special treat and a brilliant plan from the organisers.
The planes soared above us in the bay, leaving a trail of fireworks and sparkles in their wake. There were ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ galore from the crowd, the fact it was kept such a secret all this time, is amazing!
If you plan on visiting Jersey next year, I would absolutely urge you to come and see the Air Display, I personally would like to thank the organisers for their dedication and the best show to date. I can’t wait to see what’s on offer next year!