Sea Vixen G-CVIX XP924

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The mighty Sea Vixen is one of the last cold war jets still flying.

This iconic all-British twin-boom, twin-turbojet fighter flew from Royal Navy aircraft carriers at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s and 70s and helped to transform the nation’s carrier aviation capability. She was one of the UK’s most notable aircraft designs of the time, with cutting edge technology and the capability to go transonic. The Vixen was the first British aircraft to be armed with guided missiles, rockets and bombs instead of guns and was formidably capable.

With power-folding swept wings and hinged nose-cone, she epitomised the radical and innovative thinking of British engineers and designers of the time.

The officially recognised Royal Naval charity the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, under the brand of Navy Wings needs your help to keep the Sea Vixen in the skies and on the display circuit, including joining the flypast over the new Royal Naval carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth when she docks in Portsmouth, as a focus of remembrance for those that have served and as an inspiration to future generations. <<Navy Wings>>

The FNHT and Sea Vixen Team (SVT) are delighted to have Cdr Simon Hargreaves OBE RNR as its Vixen display pilot.  Simon has served with the Royal Navy for over 30 years and is one of the most experienced military pilots in the UK.  A former Sea Harrier pilot and Squadron Commanding Officer, Simon is also a qualified ‘Test Pilot’ and worked closely with Lockheed Martin and the Ministry of Defence while undertaking the early test flying of the  Joint Strike Fighter which became the STOVL F-35B Lightning II.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

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The thrilling news that the Lancaster and Spitfires will be participating this year at Welshpool is welcomed all round.  The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was formed 60 years ago this year, to maintain these historic aircraft as a flying memorial to those who gave their lives in service to their country.  The display will consist of a Lancaster and 2 Spitfires so come along and see aviation history perform for you.     

The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team – The Red Devils

The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team – The Red Devils

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Watch in awe as The British Army’s official parachute display team jump out of their plane at 10,000ft, freefalling at 120mph before opening their parachutes for 'canopy formations’ and breathtaking ‘swoop landings’.    The team is made up of serving soldiers who appear at many events around the country each year promoting both The Parachute Regiment and the British Army.  <<Learn more>>

Aviat Husky

Aviat Husky

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Bob Pooler, a very popular participant at our show, will once again be performing his aerobatic display that has everyone captivated throughout by his antics in the sky .  The Aviat Husky is built as a bush-plane - which means they can land places normally accessible only by helicopter.  They are also amazingly aerobatic, that's why Bob Pooler's got one.

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 pleased to welcome back Team Raven Welshpool this year.  Flying a mix of Vans RV4s and RV8s, the Team will be performing their dynamic formation display.

Grob Tutor

Grob Tutor

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The RAF use The Tutor for flying training, including general handling, aerobatics, navigation, instrument flying and formation for all pilots. In a display filled with aerobatics there is something to watch happening all the time so keep your eyes on the skies.

Pitts Special S1-S

Pitts Special S1-S

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Lauren Richardson, one of the top aerobatic display pilots in the UK, has said she loves performing aerobatics and we love watching while she demonstrates her incredible skills.  

Twister Aerobatic Team

Twister Aerobatic Team

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An exciting display that has been described as an "aerial ballet" of tight formation loops and barrel rolls with opposition aerobatics with trailing smoke that highlights their maneuvers.

Photo courtesy: Paul Johnson/FlightlineUK

Old Bückers

Old Bückers

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

Whirlwind HAR 10

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We are proud to announce that the only airworthy Whirlwind HAR10 left in the world will be joining the display line-up at Welshpool this year.  Although now privately owned the bright yellow colour reflects the years it spent in service with the RAF Search and Rescue. 

Calidus Gyrocopter

Calidus Gyrocopter

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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.