North Wales’ annual airshow in the seaside town of Rhyl gets underway this weekend with a host of aviation action, spanning the decades of flight.
One of the main highlights for the organisers will see Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson arrive over the sea front at 600mph in the mighty Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4, powered by 2 Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engines, bringing the noise to North Wales. This is Jim’s second season displaying the Typhoon, which comes from 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
Also from Coningsby we welcome the return of the unmistakeable sight and sounds of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. The final piece of the RAF’s airborne activity comes from the stable of 72(R) Squadron, which is currently formed between RAF Linton-On-Ouse in North Yorkshire and RAF Valley in Angelsey. Their display is in the form of the Tucano TMk1, which is in its final year of service making this its very last display ever in Wales! It is being replaced by the new Beechcraft Texan II, which is currently based at RAF Valley.
As we are in Wales it would be rude not to welcome some home based display teams! Giving us some extra jet noise will be the Strikemaster Display from nearby Hawarden, flown by Mark Petrie. This classic jet based on the Jet Provost is one of two examples flown and operated by North Wales Military Services, with both examples painted in their orginal colourschemes of their former operators. We also welcome back the exciting and entertaining Team Raven, who have been not only a UK success in the last few years, but have a growing following within Europe.
Peter Davies and his Calidus AutoGyro will also be returning to Rhyl, the display is always entertaining and in Peter’s hands shows just what can be done with the rarely seen type of aircraft. The Autogyro is not a plane, nor a helicopter but a happy blend of both, giving it the ability to complete some manouvres you wont see with a conventional fixed wing or helicopter.
Aerobatics will be plentiful too from various ex military trainers such as the T67 Firefly and SA Bulldog TMk1, both used by the military in the past at the same time to train new pilots. Both are fully aerobatic, but both very different machines. Steve Carver will be on hand in the Extra 300 too, showing what a purpose built aerobatic machine is capable of, flying his competition standard routine in this hugely popular type.
Rounding things off will be the Silver Stars Parachute team from the British Army, Royal Logistics Corps. The team made up of serving members of the Army will make their debut drop at Rhyl, onto the beach at Low Tide.
With loads to see and do on the ground too, there is something for all at this years show and the best bit is, its a free event too!