French Connection

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This week we received five visiting aircraft all from France for refueling on their way to Liverpool. We wish them all a bon voyage!
Photography by Brian Nicholas
 
F-PYVB - Jodel DR-1053M
F-GYMM - Robin DR400 Major
F-BOQN - Cessna 172
F-JZVG - Dynamic Sport WT-9  
N326DC - Cirrus 22

Coast Guards

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At the end of July, the Coast Guard stopped by on the way to St Athan. With the call sign Coast Guard Lima November, the Augustwestland AW 139 is operated by Bristow Helicopters for the UK Coast Guard and the refueling was overseen by Linda.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Airshow 2017 – photos

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Many thanks to the wonderful photographers Brian Nicholas and Geoff Hill for these amazing pictures! We are sure that take you back to a fantastic day. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

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
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