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)

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)

Old Bückers

Old Bückers

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Defying those who think of these aircraft as "fragile looking" to our delight they displayed just how dynamic and agile they are.

The Old Bückers team perform an exciting routine of close formation aerobatic manoeuvres.  The Bücker Jungmann (BU 131) and Jungmeister (BU 133), were favored both as basic and aerobatic training aircraft until the mid-1970s.  The sights and sounds of this display provides an all-round experience to enjoy. 

(Photo courtesy of Chas McHugh)

BAC Strikemaster Mk82A

BAC Strikemaster Mk82A

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Due to the unserviceability of the second aircraft the Strikemaster had to appear solo but this did not detract from the display that Mark Petrie performed.  For a completely different perspective of appearing in an air show take a look at the video made in the cockpit at the Plymouth Armed Forces Day and posted here Strikemaster Display UK Cockpit Video

(Photo courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

Whirlwind HAR 10

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Thanks to the time and effort Andrew Whitehouse and the team put into maintaining this the last airworthy Whirlwind in the world we were able to watch their fascinating display.  This included demonstrations of their previous role in RAF Search and Rescue operations .       

(Photos courtesy of Brian Nicholas)

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