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Valley Aviation Society Meeting 2017 Speakers

Please find a list of probable speakers for the rest of the year's meetings to be held at Carreg Bran Hotel on the last Tuesday of each month. The meeting starts at 20:00. and finish about 22:00-22:30

How to get there - Map of the V-A-S social meeting location (Carreg Bran Hotel)

Please Note: As all of our Guest Speakers are operational they are subject to change at very short notice but we will endeavor as always to bring you an alternative.

Tuesday, 31st January 2017 - Air War North Vietnam.

Tuesday, 28th February 2017 - AGM followed with a brief by Dick Thomas covering his last visit to the US.

Tuesday, 28th March 2017 - The Annual Photographic Competition 2016 results and trophy presentations.

Tuesday, 18th April 2017 - Guest speaker, Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe, RAF Valley Station Commander.

Tuesday, 30th May 2017 - Mr Dennis Pritchard (U.S. Navy and Marines involvement in the Vietnam War)

Tuesday, 27th June 2017 - Major Dave Kriegbaum, USMC F-18 pilot.

Tuesday, 26th September 2017 - Briefing on the Shuttleworth and RAF Fairford Airshows 2017.

Tuesday, 31st October 2017 - TBA

Tuesday, 28th November 2017 - TBA

 


V-A-S MEMBERS MEETING 17th JULY 2017

At the end of June 17, our final meeting before the summer recess welcomed Major Dave "Kraut" Kriegbaum; yet another U.S. Marine Corps pilot currently assigned to No IV(R) Squadron. Kraut was to give us a most interesting account of his career to date, which included flying the F-18 Hornet on operations. "Semper Fi"!

The evening was then to conclude in meeting and greeting Wing Commander Rob Caine; recently appointed as No IV Squadron boss. As the Station Commander had tendered his apologies, W/Cdr Caine had stepped into the breach to accept our £1,000 donation towards meeting the cost of holding this year's RAF Valley Families Day.

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Vice-chair Ron Williams thanks Major Kriegbaum, USMC following his presentation.

Photo by John Davies

VAS vice-president Jack Thomas presents W/Cdr Rob Caine, OC IV(R) Squadron with a £1000 cheque on behalf of RAF Valley's Service Funds.

Photo by John Davies


 

NEW GROUP CAPTAIN RAF VALLEY

raf valley new co Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe took over command of RAF Valley from Group Captain Brian Braid on 9 December and has already agreed to be our Honorary President.

His operational flying career commenced with No 6 Squadron on Jaguars before progressing to the Tornado GR 4 with No 12 Squadron and then on to No 2 Squadron as its commander.

 

 

 

 

 


VAS SOCIAL EVENING 29th Nov 2016

vas members evening 29th Nov 16Last Tuesday, 29 November, was to be the last Valley Aviation Society social meeting for 2016. Our guest speaker was Major Derek Mills, USMC who is currently an instructor with No 4 Squadron.  He was to provide a most interesting insight into the unique role of not only being a pilot, but also a soldier and sailor with the United States Marine Corps; highlighted by his time flying combat with the AV-8B, better known to us Brits as the Harrier.

Also in attendance was our Honorary President and RAF Valley Station Commander, Group Captain Brian Braid (complete with moustache), accompanied by Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe, who will be assuming command of the station on 9 December. The evening thus gave us an opportunity not only to bid a very fond farewell to a valued friend, but also to provide a warm welcome to our incoming Honorary President.

As the month of Movember was coming to a close, the evening’s finale was to be a cheque presentation of £2,000 to the RAF Valley Station Charities Committee on behalf of the Movember Foundation.

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Chairman Dick Thomas together with guest speaker Major Derek Mills, USMC.

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Group Captains Brian Braid and Nick Tucker-Lowe.

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Movember supporters on parade.

Photos by John Davies.

 


RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY

RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEYLast June, on Families Day, a B-52H from the 28th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, North Dakota performed a fly past in memory of the station's association with the Eighth Air Force during World War Two.

Then in October, two further surprises: On the fifth of the month, a KC-135R assigned to the 141st Air Refuelling Wing, Washington ANG from Fairchild AFB shot an approach to Runway 01. Believed to be the first Stratotanker seen at RAF Valley.

Then on the thirteenth, the first daylight visit by a CV-22 Osprey from the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352nd SOW from RAF Mildenhall.

RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY
RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY
RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY
RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY
RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY
RECENT USAF VISITORS TO RAF VALLEY

Photos by:
Dimitris Triadafilou
Jim Le Cras
Corporal Chris Thompson-Watts, RAF
John Davies.

 


WARRANT OFFICERS AND SERGENTS MESS

BATTLE OF BRITAIN DINING IN NIGHT, FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, JrPilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, JrThis is an annual event held to commemorate the Battle of Britain, which will always be remembered as the Royal Air Force’s ´Finest Hour`; following Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s address to the House of Commons, including those famous words, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”.

In attendance was the guest of honour, Wing Commander Dave Melmoth, OC Support Wing accompanied by Mrs Rebecca Melmoth. Amongst the guests was the Valley Aviation Society; represented by vice-chair Ron Williams; shop manager LLoyd Jones and secretary, Dennis Pritchard; who had accepted the kind invitation from the CMC, Warrant Officer Colin Younger, RAF via Flight Sergeant Neil Moncur.

Preceding the dinner, guests congregated outside in remembrance, culminating with the Last Post, as played by Lt. Sue Williams, RNR. The gathering was then to inspect a recently laid mosaic around the flag pole, depicting the RAF roundel, which had been produced by Caron King.

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, JrDuring the dinner, the VAS vice-chair read out the timely and appropriate sonnet ´High Flight`, which epitomises all those brave aviators. Written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr; an Anglo-American with 412 Sqn RCAF, who was killed in a Spifire accident at the age of 19 on 11 December, 1941.

The secretary then gave a brief, reminding the guests of the specific numbers of pilots involved, including the foreign nationals which participated in the conflict that was eventually to turn the tide in our favour.
The evening was then to continue to conclude on a lighter note! However, THEY SHALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.

 

Photo 1 – Guests inspect the commemorative mosaic around the flag pole to remember ´The Few`.
Photo 2 – Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr; Spitfire pilot and author of the sonnet High Flight.
Photo 3 – Wing Commander Dave Melmoth, Ron Williams, Flight Sergeant Neil Moncur, LLoyd Jones and Dennis Pritchard.

 


9/11- WE SHALL BEVER FORGET

Bagram Air Base personnel remember the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

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Photo by Captain Korey Fratini, USAF

 


REMEMBERING A RHOSNEIGR TRAGEDY

RHOSNEIGR TRAGEDYLast Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, a small gathering assembled at the memorial, near Rhosneigr Fire Station to commemorate a tragedy that transpired on the nearby beach, when no less than 14 men were to lose their lives.

The timing was to remember what had occurred on 28 August 1941; exactly 75 years to the hour and date.
Representatives present were from the RAF Association, Royal British Legion, RNLI, Coastguard, North Wales Police, North Wales Fire Service, RAF Valley, Valley Aviation Society and local beach lifeguards.

On that fateful morning and in appalling weather conditions, an RAF aircraft had crashed about 500 meters from the shore. Following a series of various desperate rescue attempts; this was to result in not only the crew losing their lives in the raging seas; but also six soldiers, two airmen, the village policeman, a merchant navy officer and coast guard officer.

In attendance was also the daughter of Mr Evan Jones, the coastguard officer, accompanied by her family.
Following a One Minute Silence; floral tributes were placed near the memorial by Wing Commander Dave Melmoth, RAF Valley; Inspector Jason Higgins, North Wales Police and Mrs Iris Pritchard, Treasurer of the Valley Aviation Society.

CASUALTIES
L.A.C. D W Bannister, No 819139
L.A.C. L A Ford, No 845762 – Both from No 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron
Gunner S Wilkins, No 1832511                                                                                          
Gunner G H Thornton, No 1332450                                                                                        
Gunner R K Simons, No 1832431                                                                                       
Gunner R Eaton, No 1832747                                                                                                  
Sgt. Major A V Mogar, No 1832450                                                                                          
2nd  Lt  P T Whysall, No 145327 – All from 226th Light Anti Aircraft Training Regiment

CIVILIANS
Evan Jones – Coastguard                                                                                                   
George Arthur – Police Constable PC No 14                                                                       
First Officer A H Owen, Merchant Navy
BORTHA AIRCRAFT (L 8417)  Crew from No 4 Air Observers School, RAF West Freugh
Sgt K S Rosiewitz (Poland) No 782028                                                                                        
L A C T A Dixon , No 1119294                                                                                                        
L A C  F C Glockler, No 1376289

RHOSNEIGR TRAGEDY
RHOSNEIGR TRAGEDY
RHOSNEIGR TRAGEDY

ALL PHOTOS BY JOHN DAVIES EXCEPT BOTHA AIRCRAFT

 


VALLEY AVIATION SOCIETY TOURS RAF LAKENHEATH

vas lakentheath tripThe 48th Fighter Wing personnel pulled out all the stops, when the Valley Aviation Society visited its base at RAF Lakenheath on Friday, 5 August.

The tour commenced, by closely inspecting a 493rd Fighter Squadron     F-15C and F-15D Eagle as they resided in their individual HASs, together with observing various 492nd and 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagles heading out for various training missions.

vas lakentheath tripThen it was over to the Memorial Park to view past combat aircraft operated by the Liberty Wing; before meeting and greeting members of the base security force; who demonstrated their vehicles, weapons and finally witnessing a most impressive presentation by the K9 handlers putting one of their dogs through its paces.

Finally, it was over to the air traffic control complex for briefs covering its radar and weather forecasting facilities; before taking the elevator up to the top of the five story tower and taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the airfield.

Quite a day!

 

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Photos are © of the photographer
Photo 1 – John Davies
Photo 2 – Chris Ayre
Photo 3 – John Davies
Photo 4 – John Davies
Photo 5 – John Davies
Photo 6 – Kelvin Rowlands
Photo 7 – John Davies

 


CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF VISITS RAF VALLEY

sea resque trialsThe Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, visited RAF Valley recently to conduct aircrew sea survival drills and meet personnel from the Anglesey base.

The Air Chief Marshal was at Valley to re-qualify in fast jet sea survival. Sir Stephen is a highly experienced Tornado GR4 pilot, and like all fast jet aircrew is required to maintain currency in a variety of key skills, including emergency procedures and survival. He was taken through the drills by personnel from RAF Valley’s Physical Education Flight, and by contractors Safeskys and Smit.

sea resque trialsSafeskys provide training in all aspects of survival for RAF Valley fast jet trainees and instructors, including ejector seat training, sea survival, and aspects of land survival. Local contractors Smit are based in Holyhead and operate the fast launches that the RAF use for sea survival training.

As part of the exercise,  Sir Stephen was required to exit a launch at speed to simulate a parachute landing on water, before quickly inflating and getting on board a personal survival liferaft. He was then winched on board a Griffin helicopter of 202(R) Squadron. RAF Valley-based 202(R) Squadron trains RAF and Royal Navy rotary crews in key mountain and maritime skills, including search and rescue.

Air Chief Marshal Hillier said: “RAF Valley has a vital role to play in UK defence, training fast jet pilots for the front line and rotary aircrew in core mountain and maritime skills, not just for the RAF, but for our Royal Navy and Royal Marines colleagues too. I’ve been hugely impressed by the professionalism and commitment of the team here at Valley; a whole force mix of military personnel, contractors and civil servants working hard together to train world class aircrew.”

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sea resque trials
sea resque trials
sea resque trials
sea resque trials
sea resque trials

IMAGES: CPL PETE DEVINE, RAF VALLEY MEDIA & COMMS FLIGHT
(Crown Copyright images – may be used provided credit is assigned)

 


ROYAL AIR FORCE VALLEY HAWK T2 DETACHMENT TO MOD ST ATHAN

Hawk to St AthanA detachment of Royal Air Force Hawk T2 advanced fast jet training aircraft will be deployed to MOD St Athan for the month of August, while essential runway re-furbishment work is carried out at their home base.

Hawk to St AthanThe aircraft - from IV(R) Squadron based at RAF Valley - will be conducting routine training missions as part of its role in training future Fighter Pilots for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. MOD St Athan was chosen both for its facilities and its location, which allow IV(R) Squadron to train in much the same areas of the UK that it would from RAF Valley.

Wing Commander Paul Mounsey, Officer Commanding IV(R) Squadron said: “Our deployment to MOD St Athan will allow us to continue our essential role – training future Fighter Pilots for the RAF and RN. It will also allow us to practice our air and ground crews in the skills required for operating away from their home base, which offers good training for deployed operations. We are very grateful for the assistance given to us by the personnel at St Athan, and we look forward to what I hope will be a very successful month in South Wales”.

Hawk to St Athan
Hawk to St Athan
Hawk to St Athan

Photos:
RAF VALLEY MEDIA & COMMS FLIGHT (Crown Copyright images – may be used provided credit is assigned)

 


COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE TO HISTORIC 208(R) SQUADRON UNVEILED AT RAF VALLEY

Air Officer Commanding No 22 (Training) Group, Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner unveiled a plaque to 208(R) Squadron in the foyer of the Station Headquarters during his recent visit to the base.

Alongside the A Vice-Marshal was RAF Valley station commander, Group Captain Brian Braid, and Officer Commanding 208(R) Squadron, Wing Commander Chris Kidd.

A photo of the two 100th anniversary commemorative Hawks of the Squadron was also presented to the station, to ensure that the memory of the Squadron lives on. The Squadron standard is to be laid up at St Clement Danes Church in London, later in the month.

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208sqn plaque
208sqn plaque

Images: SAC Chris Thompson-Watts, RAF Valley photo section

 


208 (R) SQUADRON FINAL SORTIE AT RAF VALLEY

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208sqnNo 208(R) Sqn, conducted its last flight at 1330 on Wednesday 13 April.  With all training courses now complete, the RAF’s final Hawk T1 Advanced Flying Training Squadron will pay homage to previous Hawk T1 units and iconic landmarks in and around Wales, the training area that 208(R) Sqn instructors and students alike have grown to love over the last 22 years.

Having recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary, 208(R) Sqn has been scheduled for closure in 2016 and 13 April, the end of Hawk T1 flying at RAF Valley, marks the first stage of the squadron disbandment.  Not only will this be the last flight for 208(R) Sqn, it also marks the end of 40 years of Hawk T1 Flying Training, the task now fully being undertaken by IV(R) Sqn with the Hawk T2.

 

 

208sqnGroup Captain Brian Braid, Station Commander RAF Valley said: “Most of the fast jet pilots in the RAF and the Royal Navy over the last 22 years have graduated from Valley.

All of these pilots have been trained by 208(R) Squadron, so we look back not only at its links to RAF Valley and the Hawk T1, but over the last 100 years with a great deal of pride.

All the personnel of 208 – military, civilian and contractor – can be justly proud of the part they have played on such a historic squadron.”

View more 208 (R) Sqn images from the day.

All photos © Crown Copyright

 


208(R) SQUADRON CELEBRATES ITS 100TH AT RAF VALLEY

208sqn centenary208sqn centenaryAn historic milestone was celebrated at RAF Valley recently when 208 (Reserve) squadron reached its 100th birthday. Born in the tumult of the First World War as a Royal Naval Air Service squadron, it has served with distinction since then as both a front line fighting squadron and latterly as a fast jet training unit.

No. 208(R) Squadron Royal Air Force was formed on 26 October 1916 as No. 8 (Naval) Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service. During WW1 the squadron flew Sopwith Pups, Nieuport Scouts and Sopwith Camels and was assigned to artillery spotting duties. When the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918, the unit was renumbered to No. 208 Squadron RAF. The squadron is now based at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales operating BAE Hawk TMk1 aircraft in the advanced flying training and tactical weapons role, training fast jet pilots from the RAF and Royal Navy to front line operational conversion unit input standard. In addition, as part of International defence Training, the Squadron trains non-UK student pilots in preparation for their own conversion to host nation front line aircraft.

 

208sqn centenaryThe squadron has the distinction of being one of only a few RAF units to spend the majority of its service in the Middle East – most of its time since formation has been “East of Suez”. The distinctive Sphinx badge is testament to this legacy.

Sadly, 208(R) Squadrons’ centenary year will also be its last as the decision has been made to disband the squadron to focus advanced flying and tactical weapons training on the newer Hawk T2. The squadron’s Hawk T1s will be retained for use by other Hawk T1 operators; 100 squadron at RAF Leeming, the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton and 736 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton. RAF Valley will still retain links with the Hawk T1 however, as depth maintenance will still be carried out at Valley, as well as conducting ground school for refresher courses and operating the Hawk T1 simulator.

208sqn centenaryOfficer Commanding 208(R) Squadron, Wing Commander Chris Kidd said; ‘It’s been an honour to command 208(R) Squadron during its centenary year. During my time here I have had the privilege of being part of training the future of the RAF and RN’s front line of fighter pilots.  All of the student pilots that have graduated should be rightly proud of their achievements and I hope that they look back fondly on 208(R) Squadron from their 208sqn centenaryTyphoon and Tornado GR4 cockpits. The success of 208(R) Squadron has been the direct result of having a great team – instructors, operations and admin staff, and of course our skilled and hard working engineers. They can be proud that the squadron has performed an outstanding job for the Nation over the past century, and that they have been a part of it”.

Group Captain Brian Braid, Station Commander RAF Valley said: “Most of the fast jet pilots in the RAF and the Royal Navy over the last 22 years have graduated from Valley.  All of these pilots have been trained by 208(R) Squadron, so we look back not only at its links to RAF Valley and the Hawk T1, but over the last 100 years with a great deal of pride. All the personnel of 208 – military, civilian and contractor – can be justly proud of the part they have played on such a historic squadron.”

EDITOR: SQN LDR DAVE WILLIAMS

IMAGES: CPL PETE DEVINE & LAC CHRIS THOMPSON-WATTS, RAF VALLEY MEDIA & COMMS FLIGHT
(Crown Copyright images – may be used provided credit is assigned)

 


V-A-S CHARITIES PRESENTATIONS 2015

The Valley Aviation Society is a non profit making organization, run by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Through charitable events and generous donations we receive throughout the year we are able to help local charities. Over the last twenty years, the Valley Aviation Society has donated £150,000 to these good causes.

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VAS Chairman Dick Thomas and Blind Veterans fund manager Victoria Beech, together with Group Captain Pete Cracraft and Squadron Leader Dave Williams.

Photo: Corporal Rob Travis.

Previous Years Presentations

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 |

Added 21st Dec 2015


CHANGE OF COMMAND AT RAF VALLEY


Command of one of the Royal Air Force’s busiest training bases changed on Friday 4th December 2015, when Group Captain Pete Cracroft handed over to Group Captain Brian Braid as Station Commander of RAF Valley .

 

Added 6th Dec 2015


208(R) SQN UNVEILS 100TH ANNIVERSARY JET AT RAF VALLEY

ww1 hawk schemeNo.208(R) Squadron Royal Air Force was formed on 25 October 1916 as No. 8 (Naval) Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service. During WW1 the squadron flew Sopwith Pups, Nieuport Scouts and Sopwith Camels and was assigned to artillery spotting. When the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918, the unit was renumbered to No. 208 Squadron RAF.

The squadron is now based at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales operating BAE Hawk T1’s in the advanced fast jet training role, preparing fast jet pilots from the RAF and Royal Navy for the front line. The squadron also trains international students; an important role in terms of coalition-building and defence diplomacy.

ww1 hawk schemeTo commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One, the squadron designed a paint scheme for  Hawk T1. XX350, which was scheduled for a re-paint after a major service. The aircraft was given her new colours by the Valley-based Babcock spray bay team, and the design splits the aircraft into old and new, with the current black training scheme for the front, and the green WW1 scheme to the rear.

The design was based on the colour scheme used on the Bristol F2B Fighter which is housed at the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire. This aircraft - which is still airworthy - saw active service with 208 Squadron in 1922 during the Chanak Crisis in Turkey.

Current 208 Squadron Officer Commanding, Wing Commander Nick Gatenby said: “208 Squadron is looking forward to celebrating its centenary in October 2016. We have a number of events planned during the run up to October 2016, and the centenary jet will play a major part. I’d like to say a big thank you to the Babcock team here at RAF Valley for a flawless job.  The centenary Hawk will be a great reminder of our historic past, but also highlight our current role of training fast jet pilots of the future”

Photos by SAC Rob Travis & Kelvin Rowlands

 


RAF VALLEY FROM THE AIR

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This aerial photo of RAF Valley was taken recently by Flt Lt Paul Heasman from the cockpit of a Hawk TMk2 of IV(R) Sqn. Flt Lt Heasman is a QFI with IV(R) Sqn and an accomplished aviation photographer. The image was taken at 3000 feet, from the south east, looking over the main runway, with Holy Island and Holyhead Mountain beyond.

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Taken nearly 70 years ago by a keen photographer amongst the crew of a B-17 inbound to Valley to refuel and pick up additional passengers before returning to the United States. Close inspection of the photograph shows many other B-17 & 24's awaiting clearance to 'return across the pond'.

Courtesy of Unknown Photographer USAAF' & R W Thomas Collection

 


French Air Force Mirages visit RAF Valley

RAF Valley hosted some rare visitors recently, when a pair of Mirage F1 CR aircraft from Mont de Marsan Air Base in South West France visited the Anglesey base.  The French aircraft were conducting an Overseas Training Flight, designed to expose French aircrew to UK and RAF air traffic control procedures and airspace. 

The visit marked the last scheduled visit of the Mirage F1 CR to the United Kingdom as the type is due to be retired by the Armée de l'Air later this year.  The Mirage F1 CR is the reconnaissance variant of the iconic French fighter, and carries an array of cameras, ground-mapping radars and other sensors.

Wing Commander Dan Beard, Officer Commanding IV(R) Sqn at RAF Valley said, ‘The Mirage F1 CR has provided over 30 years of continuous service to our colleagues in the Armée de l'Air and it is appropriate that the last visit of this type to our country was marked by the Mirages being escorted through North Wales airspace by Hawk TMk2 aircraft of IV(R) Sqn.’

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Photos by: Flt Lt Paul Heasman IV(R) Sqn RAF Valley
Crown©Copyright 2014

 


Hawk T2 Major Milestone at RAF Valley

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hawk t2 2014The RAF’s most advanced jet trainer, the Hawk TMk2, marked its 10000th sortie at RAF Valley recently. This significant milestone comes on the back of the aircraft reaching its 10000th flying hour, which it achieved back in November 2013.

Officer Commanding IV(R) Sqn, Wing Commander Dan Beard said: “The 10000th sortie is a significant milestone for the operation of the Hawk TMk2 at IV(R) Sqn, RAF Valley.  A great deal has been achieved in the last few years, from the development of a world-leading syllabus that utilises the unique sensor simulation capabilities of the aircraft, to the partnership with our external contractors which now sees the Squadron at full operational capability, providing trained fast jet pilots to the Typhoon and Tornado GR4. 

hawk t2 2014Furthermore, these 10000 sorties would not have been possible without the excellent support provided by BAE Systems and Babcock International.  IV(R) Sqn can now look forward to the next 10000 sorties and their unique contribution to UK Air Power” Originally a Harrier squadron at RAF Wittering, IV(R) Squadron re-formed at RAF Valley as part of the new United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) and embarked on a unique partnership with Ascent, a civilian company, to produce a revolutionary flying training system designed to train the latest generation of RAF and Royal Navy fighter pilots with the skills they need to progress to the front line.

The Hawk T2 uses a glass cockpit and systems emulating that of the most modern front line aircraft, providing the very best training to students. This is backed up by a fully capable synthetic training suite. The aircraft are maintained by BAE Systems and Babcock International.

Peter Jones, Head of Hawk Support UK at RAF Valley said: "The Hawk TMK2 is a fantastic aircraft and I'm delighted to have seen it reach this significant milestone. The work we do at RAF Valley is vital and plays a major part in ensuring the RAF has a ready force of Hawk TMK2 aircraft. We look forward to celebrating the many milestones to come."

Images: Hawk TMk2 at RAF Valley / North Wales / Anglesey
Crown©Copyright 2014

 


VAS Member Involvement London 2012 Olympics

arthur newnes with the olympic torchIt is with great pleasure, we can announce that one of our long lasting member Mr. Arthur Newnes was nominated to be one of the torch bearers for the London 2012 Olympics.

Mr. Arthur Newnes has, by his own efforts, raised nearly £400,00.00 over the years for Hope Hospice and more recently Ty Gobaith. These children's hospices provide essential respite care for terminally ill children and their families in beautifully equipped premises funded almost entirely by the efforts of volunteers like Arthur. 

Amongst his many achievements he has run seven marathons in seven days and walked all the way round Anglesey in three and a half days

This year to celebrate his 80th birthday he aims to walk from LlanffairPG on Anglesey to Ty Gobaith in the Conwy Valley and in the process raise £100 for every year of his life. As he says; 'it is all for the children'.

Arthur is a quiet and unassuming gentleman who is tireless in his quest to help the children. Mr. Newnes said the following in a resent interview
"i have actually banked just over £300.000 since 2005 but have been involved with fund-raising for 10 years. My birthday walk this year starts at Holyhead and goes to Ty Gobaith - as I have now completed the walk from LLanffair PG to Ty Gobaith previously."

The Valley Aviation Society have been long supporters of Mr. Newnes (Ty Gobaith) over the years, by giving monies raised by the society from their annual Enthusiast Day that is held at RAF Valley each year. The total amount that it was handed over to Mr. Newnes is over £32,000 to date.

Photo by Mr. John Cave MBE.   Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image.

 


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