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Cancellation of 2018 Air Show & Transport Festival

 

In 2007 the late Bob Jones called to see Robert Robinson the Town Clerk about the possibility of hosting an air show at Mid Wales Airport which was one of his dreams. The Town Council would run the Air Show and Bob would provide the Airport and operate the Aviation side.

A committee of five was put together comprising Bob Jones, Robert Robinson, Peter Sinclair, Nick James and Kate Goodall. From that time the Air Show was born and the first one took place in 2008.  The event grew and grew with major displays attending such as the Red Arrows, Vulcan, Typhoon, Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire. Some years the crowds were immense. In 2015 the Air Show won Wales Tourist Board Silver Award, Best Small Event and then in 2016 was shortlisted for Powys Business Award, Tourist Section.

Welshpool Town Council, in conjunction with Mrs Linda Jones the owner of Welshpool – Mid Wales – Airport, have taken the reluctant decision to not hold the Welshpool (Bob Jones Memorial) Air Show in 2018.  Planning for the Event would normally start immediately after this year’s Show, but in the face of mounting costs and much reduced attendance the decision is unavoidable because any losses have to be borne by the Council and local tax-payers.

The Air show for Mid Wales, which brought several thousands of visitors to the area between 2006 and 2017 and had become a major event on the Air Show calendar and certainly put Welshpool, Mid Wales and the Airport on the map.
We enjoyed brilliant June weather and had seen many exciting displays and historic aircraft alike. With the co-operation and support of Welshpool Town Council the Event was able to expand and it took in the Welshpool Transport Festival.
In 2012 the Event incorporated “Bob Jones Memorial” to the name in recognition of the Owner of the Airport who had been the Event’s Patron and a driving force for General Aviation in Wales. Bob Jones had died in a tragic flying accident in 2012.

The Event Fund was stretched by recent additional costs that were incurred to overview an already safe and buoyant Show; however, prevailing weather in the days before, and on Show Days, for 2 consecutive years placed an unsustainable strain on financial resources which resulted in the decision to place the Air Show on hold.

OV-10 Bronco

OV-10 Bronco

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New to Welshpool we welcomed the opportunity to see the Bronco display it's striking maneuvers in its' 2017 livery of Poppies and the words "Lest We Forget" commemorating the 1914-1918 Great War. 

The OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft built by North American Rockwell in the 1960s for counter insurgency (COIN) combat. 

An advantage of being faster and more tactically versatile than helicopters, yet slower and more maneuverable than jets, and could use tactics not possible with either meant it was put into service by US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.  For a number of years It was also used by the Beaureau of Land Management for fire-fighting.

Each year the team run a theme to their displays and this year, commemorating The Great War a century ago, the team have dressed the OV-10 in a livery of poppies and the well known phrase “Lest we forget 1914-1918” graphics that reflect light differently when the aircraft moves.  In February 2017 the Bronco Demo Team made an extensive tour of the WWI battle fields around Ypres overflying many of the memorials and cemeteries that lay as silent witnesses to the atrocities that were suffered by both combatants and civilians 100 years ago.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

Lomax 224

Lomax 224

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During it’s restoration and renovation some parts that were designed for use on the road is now fitted with parts designed for use in the air - a fitting combination for an Airshow & Festival of Transport.  

When the present owner bought the car it had been under a tarpaulin for 7 years in Borth, Nr. Aberystwyth, totally corroded including wiring, instruments and metal components.   Difficulties in finding original Lomax instruments set him down the road of using “out-of- the-box” thinking, the result of which led to him fitting instruments and gauges originally intended for aircraft,  e.g. Turn and slip, G acceleration, oil pressure, exhaust gas temperature and others. 

These parts were originally used in impressive aircraft such as a Vulcan, Buccaneer, Jaguar  and even an ignition switch from a PBY Catalina.

 

 

1967 MGB

1967 MGB

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Stan Mountford, the present owner, bought this vehicle in October 1988 as a non-runner having been off the road for about two years.  The state it was in meant the only option was dismantling and rebuilding with a new body shell.  The next 18 months were spent bringing it back to a road worthy condition. It is now in regular use completing over 80,000 miles.  Originally the MGB was rated at 67 bhp and had a claimed top speed of 108mph (perhaps downhill with a following wind), but with an uprated engine and handling kit, this car is around 97 bhp can do rather better.

When TV’s Channel Five recorded a programme called “The Dream Machine” in which classic cars were restored and demonstrated this car was featured and driven by racing driver Amanda Stretton, around tracks at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.  

 

 

Yakovlev Yak-3

Yakovlev Yak-3

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With thanks to Will Greenwood for giving us the opportunity to see this classic aircraft, a favourite of both pilots and ground crew during WWII.  A display that demonstrated both the agility of the aircraft and Wills' skills was reflected in the smiles on the faces of the spectators watching.

The first attempt to build a fighter called the Yak-3 was shelved in 1941 due to a lack of building materials and an unreliable engine. The second attempt used the Yak-1M, already in production, to maintain the high number of planes being built. The Yak-3 had a new, smaller wing and smaller dimensions then its predecessor. Its light weight gave the Yak-3 more agility.

The Yak-3 first flew in 1943 and was a further development of the YAK-1M airframe. The Yak-3 was considered the best of the low altitude (below 12,500 ft) fighters of WWII. Lighter and smaller than Yak-9 but powered by the same engine, Yak-3 was a very agile dogfighter and a forgiving, easy to handle aircraft loved by both rookie and veteran pilots. It first saw action in June 1943 and could out climb, out turn and out run the German Bf 109 and FW 190.

During the final two years of the Second World War, the Yak-3 proved itself a powerful dogfighter. Tough and agile below an altitude of 13,000 feet, the Yak-3 dominated the skies over the battlefields of the Eastern Front during the closing years of the war.

This unique Yak-3 is in the Normandie Niemen colours of Louis Delfino, who saw action on the Russian front during WW2, his squadron returned to France at the end of the war, landing at Paris on 20th June 1945.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows

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The Red Arrrows   

A well known sight all over the world it's always a thrill to see these distinctive aircraft in the skies of Welshpool.  This year was a flypast which is now commonly known as a "salute" for which we thank them. 

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas) 

 

Aviat Husky

Aviat Husky

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Bob Pooler, a very popular participant at our show, once again performed an aerobatic display that had everyone captivated throughout with his antics in the sky .  The Aviat Husky is built as a bush-plane - which means they can land in places normally accessible only by helicopter.  They are also amazingly aerobatic as Bob always manages to demonstrate along with his very own sense of humour, this year he playing an aircraft thief that keeps us laughing.  

Display day (Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)
Normal Day (Photo courtesy of Bob Pooler)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob is the UK agent for Aviat aircraft. so why not take a look, you may be tempted, 

 

Team Raven

Team Raven

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We are always pleased to see Team Raven performing their exciting formations in the skies over Welshpool.  Flying a mix of Vans RV4s and RV8s, this is a Team of like minded people coming together with the aim of providing an entertaining and fun display for everyone which, as usual, they succeeded in giving us.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

Grob Tutor

Grob Tutor

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The RAF have many uses for the Tutor in flying training including general handling, aerobatics, navigation, instrument flying and formation for all pilots.  A combination of all these uses could be seen throughout the spectacular display at Welshpool this year.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

Pitts Special S1-S

Pitts Special S1-S

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Once again Lauren Richardson, one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK, delighted us with her unique style.  Lauren's displays always illustrate her love of aerobatics which can be seen by the smile on her face, while spectators illustrate their enjoyment and excitement by smiling back.    

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

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