Airshow 2017 – thank you!

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Thank you to all of those who attended the airshow. We hopeful that you had a wonderful day. Thank you also to all the pilots who gave us some very impressive displays despite the challenging conditions.

A big thank you also to our huge team of volunteers. Without you we could not have done it.

Photos of the day will follow in the coming days.

Bob Jones Memorial Airshow 2017

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The Bob Jones Memorial Airshow returns this Sunday.
Sunday 11th June 2017
This year, the star attraction is the Rockwell OV-10 Bronco, a stunning turboprop attack aircraft that was specifically designed for the Vietnam conflict. The Belgian-based team is highly experience and will be coming to Welshpool for the first time!

In addition to the Bronco, this year's airshow features an extensive line-up of wonderful displays. The day will open with the aerial arrival of the Red Devils Parachute Team. In addition, we are honoured to see the return of the Battle of Britain Memorial Display, featuring two Spitfires. The highly entertaining Bob Pooler is back in his Aviat Husky, along with the impressive Team Raven and well as Laura Richardson and her Pitts Special.

After popular demand, this year we don't have just one BAC Strikemaster but two! We will also receive our first Soviet airplane - the Yakovlev Yak-3. For those who bore of fixed wings will be delighted to see the Westland Whirlwind along with a gyrocopter. Last but not least, we will feature the Old Bucker pair and an RAF Grob Tutor display.
Tickets are on sale now! Please visit the website for ticket sales.

Please note that similar parking restrictions will apply to last year, with parking and shuttlebuses at Welshpool Livestock Market.
Note: times and line-up subject to changes due to weather, availability and other facts beyond our control. The Bronco OV-10 replaces the previously advertised Sea Vixen which had to pull out.

Blackbird Presentation Evening

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7.30pm 12 May 2017 Welshpool Town Hall
The Bob Jones Memorial Airshow Committee, with Welshpool Town Hall, are pleased to present a presentation evening by former Blackbird pilot, Col. Richard Graham (ret).
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is one of the fastest aircraft ever built, with a top speed of Mach 3.2 (2,000mph). As a reconnaissance aircraft it was almost impossible to detect and if it did come under attach, the answer was simply to fly away faster than the missile.
Col. Graham spent seven years flying the SR-71 through the 1970s and also flew in Vietnam in the F4 Phantom. Col. Graham will give an illustrated talk on his experiences and the Blackbird.
Tickets are available at Welshpool Tourist Office (01938 552043) or Mid Wales Airport (01938 555560).

New Air Ambulance

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We are pleased to present the new Wales Air Ambulance to be based at Welshpool.

Welshpool Mid-Wales Airport has been a base for the Wales Air Ambulance since 2006. The new helicopter is the third generation, each being larger and carrying more equipment than its predecesor. This new helicopter, an Airbus H145, replaces the previous EC135. The larger body allows more procedures to be carried out in the air as well as travelling further and faster.

For more information and to support the Wales Air Ambulance, please visit their website.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

New group and welcome visitors

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We are pleased to welcome a new group to Welshpool - the Charlie Sierra Bravo Delta Group, flying a very nice Piper PA28-236 Cherokee Dakota. Welcome to you all!
 
We were also visited by a special 1940 built Cessna 165 Airmaster G-BTDE. Plus, Aerobatic Champion Lauren Richardson arrived in this Cirrus SR20. If that name sound familiar, it's because Lauren is now an airshow regular - you can see her at the Bob Jones Memorial Air Show on 11 June 2017.
 
Photography by Brian Nicholas

New Air Ambulance Infrastructure

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Last week, new portacabins were brought in to support the expanding work of the Wales Air Ambulance. The new spaces will be used for additional offices and a hospitality suite.

Watch this space for the fast approaching new Air Ambulance!

Photography by Jamie Brownfield.

Coast Guard

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Welshpool is a bit of a distance from the coast so it is not often that we see the Coast Guards! On Friday, HM Coast Guards came in from Caenarfon in a Sikorski S-92A on a training sortie.

Photography by Jamie Brownfield 

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Last Friday we were very pleased to see this pair of Hercules transporters passing over the airport. While they are too large to land (or at least take off again!) the Hercules comes in occasionally to practise a touch and go. We hope to see them again soon!

Photography by Jamie Brownfield

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