Presentation Evening 12th May 2017

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In association with Welshpool Council we are pleased to announce that Col. Richard Graham USAF (ret) will be giving an illustrated talk about his time flying the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. 

During his career with the USAF Col. Graham flew 210 combat missions in Vietnam on the F4 Phantom and as a “Wild Weasel” pilot.  He then volunteered, and was selected, to join the SR-71 programme in 1974 spending 7 years flying the SR-71 before being promoted to Squadron Commander.  After spending 4 years serving in the Pentagon he returned to Beale as Vice Wing Commander and in the summer of 1988 was made Wing Commander of 9th SRW (Strategic Reconnaissance Wing) at Beale Air Force base.

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, is one of the fastest aircraft ever built holding the world record in July 1976.  The phrase “faster than a speeding bullet” is often quoted to illustrate the speed that the Blackbird flies at, around Mach 3.2 (2,200mph).  In September 1974 it set the record for a flight from RAF Mildenhall back to Los Angeles covering 5,446.86 miles in a time of 3 hours 47 minutes. 

It also holds records for the height it flies at (80,000 feet) which means the crew are required to wear pressure suits similar to those worn by astronauts. 

The ability to fly high and fast gave the SR-71 many advantages on reconnaissance missions, as images produced on radar over foreign territory were only seen when it was too late for ground missiles to estimate the direction to fire.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear more interesting facts on this aircraft told by an entertaining speaker, Col. Richard Graham, join us on 12th May 2017 at 7:30pm in The Assembly Room, Welshpool Town Hall.

Tickets: £10 from Welshpool Tourist Office (01938 552043) or Mid Wales Airport (01938 555560)

 

Sun 11th June 2017

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Confirmed aircraft displays for this year are listed below, more will be added as and when known.  

 

  • RED DEVILS FREEFALL TEAM 
    Watch in awe as The British Army’s official parachute display team jump out of their plane at 10,000ft freefalling at 120mph trailing colourful smoke before opening their parachutes for 'canopy formations’ and breathtaking ‘swoop landings’.

  • AVIAT HUSKY 
    Bob Pooler will be displaying aerobatic manoevers that will amaze you and with an added touch of his brand of humour will have you laughing at the same time

  • TEAM RAVEN 
    consisting of 6 Van RV8s and RV4s the team will be performing their thrilling formation aerobatic display   

  • GROB TUTOR
    A highly aerobatic routine to astound and entertain you

    PITTS SPECIAL S1-S
    Lauren Richardson, one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK, has said she loves performing aerobatics and we love watching her.     

  • TWISTER AEROBATICS TEAM
    A thrilling display of close formation loops and barrel rolls with opposition aerobatics

  • OLD BÜCKERS
    The sights, sounds and routine that the Bücker Jungmann and Bücker Jungmeister in close synchronised formations provide an all-round experience to enjoy.  

  • BAC STRIKEMASTER (PAIR)
    An opportunity to see, hear and be thrilled by the dynamic display of these 2 jets as they roll, loop and fly past each other in close formation

  • WESTLAND WHIRLWIND HAR10
    The worlds only airworthy Whirlwind left and it's coming to Welshpool.

  • GYROCOPTER
    While most of the displays fly past at high speeds the Gyrocopter's capabilities to pass slower allows you to not only appreciate its maneuverability you can see the pilot.  He'll be smiling and we're sure you will be too.