Drone activity disrupts Guernsey Air Display

Image gallerySkip image gallerySlide 1 of 8, The Red Arrows at the Guernsey Air Display, The Red Arrows were nearly cancelled due to a drone being flown in the display area

At a glance

  • The Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display started at 11:00

  • It was suspended at about 12:30 due to a drone flying in the area of the display

  • The Seafire display was delayed by nearly 10 minutes and shortened, but went ahead after the drone was grounded

  • Published

The Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display was disrupted by a drone.

A Spitfire and a Hurricane began the show at 11:00 BST and the Red Arrows were able to finish the display.

The Seafire display, which had been due to start at 12:31, was delayed by eight minutes due to a drone flying in the area.

The Red Arrows closed the air display.

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The Titans at the Guernsey Air Display

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Islanders parked up and traffic stopped during the Red Arrows display

Syd Bowsher, former RAF pilot, said of the drone: "If it hits one of the aircraft you're going to kill the pilot.

"Most aircraft can suffer a bird strike, they're designed for that, birds have got very soft bones and are full of muscle, you hit a drone... it's solid metal isn't it, it's going to do a heck of a lot of damage."

"The problem is we don't have control of that drone we don't know where it is going to go."

Tim De La Fosse, the Seafire pilot, said ahead of the display: "It is always great to come back to Guernsey and I will always be front of the queue to bring the planes back here."

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Dambusters raids carried out by Lancaster bombers.

While the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight could not be fully involved in the display it performed a flypast at about 14:35.

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