Jet Aerobatics – Is dedicated to the operation, preservation and display of ex-military fast jet aircraft.
Jet Provost Mk5’s reach their 50th Anniversary!
On the 28th February 1967 the prototype Jet Provost Mk5 (XS230)
took to the air for the first time from the Warton Factory.
50 years on, Jet Aerobatics are offering both a singleton and pairs display options for European flying display organisers. However due to circumstances beyond our control, our proven highly dynamic and exciting aerobatic display which has thrilled the British public for many years has had to be redesigned to fall in line with the current restrictions imposed by the CAA following the 2015 Shoreham crash.
This means that over land we cannot carry out any high energy aerobatic manoeuvres, it is hoped these restrictions will be reduced in the very near future. Displays over the sea are less restrictive and we are allowed to conduct a much more eye catching display, these include venues such as Eastbourne, Bournemouth, Herne Bay, Swansea & Southport etc.
On a positive note, this does allow for some rather graceful flying and offers the chance for people to see the slow handling characteristics of Jeff Bells immaculate Mk5 (XW324) and the North Weald based Mk3 (XN637). The keen eyed observer will note that during the pairs display the JP Mk3 will be using close to maximum power to keep station with the more powerful Mk5, whereas the Mk5 will be operating at a significantly reduced power setting than would normally be used.
The rather slower and less dynamic display should also suit the photographers, giving the chance for some rather nice shots during the elegant top side passes, formation manoeuvres and opposition passes.
When restrictions allow we can offer both flat and fully aerobatic sequences but we need to stress this will at all times be in accordance with any restrictions that are currently in force. This also applies to where restrictions are imposed by a venue or where we need to operate within an organisers’ display approval. Both our dynamic and non-aerobatic displays can be adapted to suit all venues.
Our pilots are led and supervised by the current RAF fast jet instructor and standardisation pilot, Squadron Leader Dan Arlett, who shares training and crew responsibilities with our chief pilot Chelvin Hibbert RAF Ret’d.
Dan combines 4,000 hours on fast jets with display experience on the RAF Tornado F3 and a variety of ex-military jets. This offers display organisers an assurance of the very best in safety and crowd pleasing displays. Dan’s primary wingman is the current RAF front-line pilot Flight Lieutenant Olly Suckling who currently flies the RAF’s iconic Tornado GR4. Both Dan and Olly have rehearsed and performed a pairs routine in 2016 and hope to build on this for the 2017 season (military commitments permitting). Jet Aerobatics also welcomes to our numbers the very experienced Chris Heames also RAF Ret’d.
To see our pristine JP5 and those of our partner JP operators in action, click on the ‘air show’ tab to see where we are intending to display or, alternatively, to book your own display click on the ‘Jet Aerobatics’ link below and email us for a non-profit making quote. Jet Aerobatics are also available for static display.
If you need convincing, then read one of the many positive and independent reviews or alternatively watch one of the many magnificent in-cockpit videos which can be found on YouTube.
You can access these via our photo gallery page.
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