Save the flying Duchess!

G-AORG ‘Duchess of Brittany’ is the sole remaining de Havilland Heron in its original configuration to fly, and emblematic of Jersey’s aviation and economic heritage.

As the final surviving example in original configuration, she is of global importance and interest.

After flying for Jersey Airlines she then flew for the Royal Navy, before being bought by a local group for restoration.

Over the last few years she has been beautifully restored in her original Jersey Airlines livery, but due to the insolvency of the company owning her, she was at risk of being lost.

My aim is either to return her to the skies to carry the Jersey flag as an historic aircraft or (more likely) to be a historical exhibit on the ground, informing and inspiring both local residents and visitors.

To make this possible we need your help. She needs specialist work to assess her current condition, rectify any defects, to insure her and to provide a suitable place where she can be maintained and visited.

By supporting our campaign you will help inspire others through aviation and local history, protect an important part of island heritage and have a say in her future. As soon as we can, we will invite supporters to visit her and see for yourself what a fantastic tribute to the island and to aviation history she is.

Thank you for being part of this exciting project.

Matt Palmer & team

Some more info:

ITV Channel TV coverage 

Bailiwick Express  article

Background to the sale - Jersey Evening Post

Background on the heron  - external website 

I would love to hear from anyone with additional information, stories, photographs etc, and anyone who would like to be part of this project. You can get in touch from this page or leave a note with your donation.

I'm happy to be contacted here, you can leave a note with your donation, or reach me via twitter  or linkedin .

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