Mustang over Welshpool

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You never know what delights are in store when you open the hangar doors in the morning at Welshpool and yesterday was no exception.
The sun had been shining all day and it had already been a very busy day at the airfield, with arrivals from all over the country.
We had an extra special treat at around 15:30 when the unmistakable sound of a Packard Merlin V12 engine roared through the overhead, and proceeded to do some low passes and a landing.

The aircraft was a P51 Mustang from The Imperial War Museum, Duxford and can be seen painted in the D Day landing paint scheme. Registration G-SHWN

After a short tea stop at The Fuel Stop Cafe, many watched as the beautiful aircraft took to the skies again to depart back to Duxford… a 30 minute trip for the Mustang!

Information from the restorers website : https://www.aircraftrestorationcompany.com/the-shark

The Shark was built by North American Aviation in July 1945 and served with the USAAF at several training units before being transferred to the Canadian Airforce where it served from 1951 – 1959. It was bought by a civil owner in 1980 and restored as ‘Old Crow’, during it’s time as Old Crow it starred in a number of movies including ‘Empire of the Sun’ and ‘Memphis Belle’. In 2012 the Shark was sold to it’s current owner and placed on the English register as G-SHWN. It now wears the scheme of the Royal Air Force’s 112 Squadron. 112 Squadron Mustangs served in Sicily and Southern Italy during the latter stages of the Second World War.

It cost $2,100,000 and around $3500 per hour to run!

Strikemaster’s Sky TV Shoot

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Last month we had a rather special visitor from Hawarden to do some filming for Sky News.
The Jet Provost (Strikemaster) from Hawarden performed some aerobatics for Sky News to get some footage with their helicopter G-UKTV.

Situated in the our picturesque valley with no restricted airspace and only 10mins from Hawarden, Welshpool was the perfect location for the shoot.

It was a brightsunny day and many were lucky enough to capture a glimpse of the Jet landing and departing from our 1020m hard runway from The Fuel Stop Cafe

 

Photography by Brian Nicholas

The Fuel Stop Cafe!

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The Fuel Stop Cafe – Welshpool Airport

Fantastic Viewing Areas (Indoor & Outdoor), Proper Coffee & Great Food!

 

Opening Hours (May close early at 16:00ish on bad weather days)

Monday – 09:30 – 17:00
Tuesday –  09:30 – 17:00
Wednesday –  09:30 – 17:00
Thursday –  09:30 – 17:00
Friday –  09:30 – 17:00
Saturday –  09:30 – 17:00
Sunday –  09:30 – 17:00

 

See their sample menu (correct of 15/01/2019)
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Plus daily specials board!

 

Address

Mid Wales Airport
Welshpool, SY21 8SG
Telephone – 01938 555 860

 

‘Huawei’ PA31 Navajo

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We recently welcomed this Piper Navajo PA31 into Welshpool for a passenger drop for local business along with a twin squirrel as seen in the background.

Both aircraft on this occasion arrived before our normal opening hours. We are always more than happy to accommodate out of hours arrivals & departures with prior arrangement.

As a reminder our normal hours are :

Monday:    0900 – 1700
Tuesday:    0900 – 1700
Wednesday:    0900 – 1700
Thursday:    0900 – 1700
Friday:    0900 – 1700
Saturday:    0900 – 1700
Sunday:    0900 – 1700

 

A Pair of PC12’s

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A Pair of PC12’s

Bringing our Pilatus PC-12 tally up to 5 this season we welcomed these two aircraft on Thursday evening from Belgium.
These 10 seater luxury aircraft are operated by European Aircraft Private Club and are 2 of 5 PC12’s in their fleet. Its a first to have 2 arriving at the same time, and but still have plenty of space on the apron, so maybe we can get 3 in next year?

The pair are scheduled to depart Welshpool around 1700 this evening.

Pilatus PC-12 Night Departure

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Video by Jamie Brownfield

 

It’s that time of year again and the shoot season has begun, this season brings many shooting parties from London & further a field in Europe.
Not the first, but one of the earlier visitors was a Pilatus PC-12 M-JJTL from Denham earlier this week. You can see that this large aircraft operates with ease from our 1020m tarmac strip.

 

We are able to offer an out of hours service and with full runway edge & APAPI lighting it makes us a very useful airfield for this type of traffic. We look forward to welcoming much more of this traffic over the next few months.

 

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Twin Islander for refuel

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AVGAS 100LL & JET A1 fuel is available from 9 – 5pm everyday of the week and out of hours by request.

 

Vulcan Air P68TC

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The visit of Vulcan air P68TC was a first ever visit of this type at Welshpool. Although we have had various survey aircraft in over the years we can’t remember seeing a Vulcan air P68TC. A fairly recent addition for the PDG fleet, the aircraft was here for a few days to before departing for a lot of survey work in Southern England.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

Cessna 340A from Cherbourg

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Cessna 340A just arriving from Cherbourg on a business trip, with a German reg of D-IBON. The 340A is a 6 seat Pressurized twin and sleek lines makes it a very desirable aircraft to fly across the European sky’s. With having customs along with 1020m hard runway,fuel facilities and parking  Welshpool Airport makes an attractive option for overseas visitors.

Photography by Brian Nicholas

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