Our old fire engine has finally departed. Our Chubb Pursuer was bought by an enthusiast who explained his purchase with “Well, I’ve always fancied a fire engine”. We can’t argue with that!
The Chubb Pursuer (Reynolds Boughton) has been at the airport since 2002. One of only 15 built, it was originally operated at the CAA fire training school in Teesside before moving to Staverton Airport (Gloucester) in 1993. It has a Rolls Royce B81 engine and can hold 1362 litres of water.
In the meantime we have a new fire engine, providing CAT 1 fire cover. It is built around a Land Rover Discovery and is much more agile than the Chubb!
Photography by Brian Nicholas
G-BERC, or Bercky to those who knew him, was bought by Bob Jones, Jim Thomas and others back in 1980 at just three years old. The French-built SOCATA Rallye 150 ST was initially kept at a nearby grass strip but when that closed down Bob needed a solution fast. And so he did what any pilot/farmer would do and build an airport on his land. So, it’s really thanks to Bercky that Welshpool Airport came into being.
During its 35 years here, Bercky has seen as much as any other aeroplane, as the airport grew all around him. Every summer, Bercky went on holiday, visiting Spain, Portugal and the South of France as well as taking Bob and his family to Disneyland Paris. He has also had many pilots, with Jim Thomas flying him to the end.
Bercky now returns to France, to be based in Lyon. We wish him well with his new family and remember fondly all the adventures he gave us.
The wonderful countryside of Mid-Wales is a great place to visit for the weekend, whether you are flying over or flying in. Snowdonia and Lake Vyrnwy are a short flight away while those landing at Welshpool have Powis Castle and many beautiful country homes on their doorstep,
Phoenix Helicopters from Blackbushe visited us as part of their Wales Mountain Flying 2015, with seven Robinson helicopters flying in convoy.
For information on how to make the most of your visit to Mid-Wales, give us a call.
Photography by Brian Nicholas
It’s not often that you get to design your own fire engine but that is exactly what we have been busy doing. Our much cherished yellow engine although far exceeding our requirement with CAT 2 Fire cover was passed its prime and slowing down in its old age. The new one is a lot more agile and is kitted to provide CAT 1 Fire cover.
In the meantime, our old engine is up for sale. If you have always wanted to drive a fire engine of your own, this could be your chance! This Chubb Pursuer with its Rolls Royce Engines was designed as a Rapid Intervention Vehicle and first registered to the CAA in 1979, sold to Gloucester Airport in 1993 and then purchased by ourselves in 2002. Contact us here.
Thanks to all the visitors to this year’s Bob Jones Memorial Airshow. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Thank you also to all our volunteers and helpers. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your hard work.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon!