f ever there was an aircraft with a distinguished war record, it has to be the Fairey Swordfish, WWII Biplane torpedo bomber. It was one of these plucky little planes which administered the crippling blow to German destroyer Bismarck leading to its sinking in the north Atlantic. The Swordfish, also affectionately known as the Stringbag will display at Welshpool courtesy of Royal Navy Historic Flight. www.royalnavyhistoricflight.org.uk/aircraft/
n these centenary years, what could be a more fitting display. 9 replica World War One aircraft, of five different types will perform choreographed dogfights right above our heads. Smoke swirls and engrossing aerial theatre. The words you are looking for are dagga-dagga-dagga-dagga !. www.greatwardisplayteam.com/
ell known to the regular flyers at Welshpool, Bob Pooler brings his Slingsby Firefly T67M
back to our skies for another thrilling fluorescent display in this gorgeous little flying machine.
ocal girl Lauren Richardson giving us her colourful, dynamic and entertaining display in her highly aerobatic Pitts Special. Lauren is originally from Llanfechain and her display will leave spectators with a sense of the sheer skill and enthusiasm of the pilot as well as the beauty and incredible capability of the aircraft. theaerobaticproject.com
ost airline pilots like to play golf when they're not flying their Boeings around the world. Or walk the mountains or something. Not Mark Petrie - for him, life is one long busman's holiday, zooming around the skies of North Wales in any one of his collection of ex-military trainer craft. For us he will be displaying his Mk82a Strikemaster, the last ever built in 1986 by British Aerospace in Wharton. www.nwmas.com/
first ever visit to Welshpool for The Raven Display Team. Flying a mix of Vans RV4s and RV8s, the Ravens were formed only in 2014 as a phoenix team from the disbanded Teams Osprey & Viper. These highly affordable aircraft are all of the kit and self-built variety. These are a disparate bunch of pilots but who share a total enthusiam for aviation and their craft. Expect precision dare-devil smoky flying just over your heads. ravendisplayteam.co.uk
I t's big, it's loud, it's shaped like a Toblerone. In big red letters it has to be Cold-War icon, Avro Vulcan XH558. What a coup, getting this amazing delta wing bomber back over Welshpool again. This is possibly the last chance to see this amazing aircraft flying and is a nerve-tingling billing for our air show. Visit www.vulcantothesky.org
They gave us a great display in 2012 and they're back again. The RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, this year comprising Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane. Yes all four veteran machines will be gracing the skies of Welshpool this June.
ow, if you've never seen the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon
in a flying display, then you're in for a real treat. The words "simply spectacular" just don't do it justice. You wouldn't believe an aeroplane should be able to fly like this thing does. Watch and be amazed. www.raf.mod.uk/typhoondisplay
ücker Jungmann formation display team, the Old Buckers
make the short trip from their base at Sleap airfield, near Shrewsbury. Their display is an evocative presentation of close formation manoeuvres with sights and sounds nostalgic of the 1930's era. www.oldbuckers.co.uk
he RAF Grob Tutor
is an elementary flight trainer and is built primarily from carbon fibre reinforced plastic. But all this belies it's quality as an aerobatic display aircraft. You'll soon see what I mean. Amazing. www.raf.mod.uk/equipment/tutorgriffin.cfm
ew of us at our 2013 show will forget the RAF Falcons
finale. There can be nothing more intimate at an air show than when the display itself actually lands right among the crowd. You won't get that at other shows. The Falcons are a unique Team, and proud to be widely recognised as the UK’s premier military Parachute Display Team. The Falcons, making falling out of an aeroplane into an art form. www.raf.mod.uk/falcons
Fast, agile, precise and very red. Whilst the Red Arrows won't be giving us a full display at Welshpool this year :-( They will still be treating us to a flypast. And this is still not to be missed. Your air show commentator will pre-warn you where to start looking to see them coming in - the rest is up to you.
nd now for something completely different. Is it a flying windmill? Or a rotating parachute. It's neither plane nor helicopter - with completely free-wheeling rotors, the Gyroplane
, aka Gyrocopter, aka Autogyro will show you just what an amazingly versatile little machine this is and capable of display flying that will astound. gyro-air-displays.co.uk
We're all very pleased with ourselves this year in putting together such a tremendous action-packed show. When you think of all that's going on in the showground too, this has to be the most value for money day out in the whole country.
Finally, all displays are subject to operational availability, serviceability, the weather and the price of a loaf of bread. See you on the 14th June.