The RAF Typhoon was promised and did not disappoint; laughing at the deteriorating weather on the day it gave yet another impressive display to the delight of everyone. The professionalism the pilot demonstrates added to the agility of the aircraft itself provides a very dramatic entrance, programme and exit.
Among a small group of most recognizable fighter aircraft of the World War II era we were delighted to be able to welcome the appearance and display of the Messerschmitt BF109. All the fans of this distinctive aircraft who were there on the day can now add seeing it flying in the skies above them to their collection of memories.
To our delight the Bücker Jungmann formation display team, the 'Old Bückers' did make it to Welshpool. The symmetrical routine they performed included close formations and crossovers carried out in their restored biplanes. Added together the skills of the pilots and the sound of the planes make them a memorable addition to any airshow.
Photos courtesy of Brian Nicholas
We were very pleased to welcome back the world-renowned aerobatic formation wing-walking team again this year. Their art of flying through the skies above Welshpool performing acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands while strapped to their Stearman Biplane and making everything look so easy never ceases to amaze those watching. This year, given the weather they were experiencing, made their display even more distinctive.
Photos (c) John Jones, Graham Bloomfield.
We all know Bob Pooler at Welshpool. Firstly he’s a regular at the airport and can often be seen flinging his aircraft around our sky with willing pupils learning the fine art of aerobatics. This year he had a new mount – an Aviat Husky, in which he initially made us laugh and then went on to stun us with a demonstration of his indisputable skills.
The Husky is a plane that we in the world of aviation look upon as one of the ultimate toys. They are built as bush-planes – which means they can land in places normally accessible only by helicopter. They are also capable of amazing aerobatics as was seen on the day – that’s why Bob Pooler’s got one.
Bob is the UK agent for Aviat aircraft. Have a look, then get your cheque book out 😉
Photo credit: our very own Brian G Nichols.
Always a welcome addition to the line-up of our shows Lauren Richardson, in her Pitts Special plane, once again delivered an amazing display of aerobatic manoeuvers to the delight of everyone present. The smiles she gives to the crowds while flying were enthusiastically returned by those watching.
Lauren Richardson, 28 years old and one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK. She flys a beautiful and iconic modified Pitts Special aerobatic biplane, both as an airshow pilot and as a competitive sport aerobat.
Her passion is for flying and performing, pushing herself to provide the most exciting, precise and dynamic low level air displays possible.