Started by Basil Ahier, who worked for Jersey Airlines all those years ago, and the late Jock Cunningham, the airline's former personnel officer, Friends of the Heron has donated thousands of pounds to the ownership group to help with the costs of new equipment that is constantly required to keep the Heron airworthy. For an annual subscription Friends enjoy access to the Duchess of Brittany at open days and the opportunity to fly in her where space permits as well as receiving a regular newsletter.
One of the first 'gifts' to the Friends came from the well-known local artist Gerald Palmer. The limited edition print of his evocative painting of 'RG climbing out over Corbiere Lighthouse has been a bestseller. It takes pride of place in the Friends catalogue, which also offers everything from T-shirts to tea towels.And all this 'merchandising' comes in handy at the many airshows attended by the Heron every year. Every little helps when it comes to keeping the world's last original Heron in the air.
And, the Friends of the Heron group is introducing the story of Jersey Airlines to a new generation which wants to learn about the aeroplane, its pilots and the part it played in putting Jersey on the map.
Every picture tells a story. William Layzell in Duchess of Brittany overalls, Kate Power and Lloyd Adams dress up for the Goodwood Revival in September 2003