Co-incidentally the Raven Display Team were also using Pembrey to practise their very impressive routine in their privately owned Van RV's and a chance comment at breakfast on Sunday led to the concept of us getting together for some combined aerial formation work.
The idea was followed by some extensive planning, risk assessments, aircraft familiarisation sorties, numerous briefings and superb skill from all involved to produce, at the first attempt, a combined rotary and fixed wing formation comprising 8 aircraft.
To add icing to the day, astronaut Tim Peake joined us for the day's flying and got re-acquainted with his ex AAC colleagues during the overnight camp. Amongst many other things Tim is also a current Gazelle pilot and hopes to be able to join us whenever possible at future events.
Perfect weather, mountain flying, Navigation exercises and Display training, culminating in such a spectacular combined formation created a weekend that we shall not forget in a hurry, nor will those locals that were fortunate enough to witness it.
Click the image for a quick video snapshot of the action..
Naturally we hope to continue to work with both The Ravens and Tim over the coming months and take the 2021 airshow season by the scruff of the neck......