The 2012 Rhyl Air Show – Day One, Part Two

Before reading this post I suggest you read “The 2012 Rhyl Air Show – Day One, Part One

OK! Back to the aircraft. Next to display were the RV8tors a two aircraft team who specialise in close formation aerobatics. Flying at combined speeds of up to 230 mph they give a really great air display.


Saturday’s, display program was an especially long one. Starting at 12:30 and finishing around 16:30 with some short breaks between flying displays. It was a really sunny day, some clouds and a cooling breeze off of the sea. Ideal for getting sunburnt and guess who forgot to pack his lotion. Of course with the breeze I wasn’t noticing that I was getting burnt, at least not until that evening. One side of my face was bright red and really hot, the other was red, not so hot. but I was like a man of two halves.

Still one of my favourite aircraft the Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was next to display


To give it its correct name the Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used as a front line fighter and in secondary roles into the 1950s. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only British fighter in production throughout the war.

PS915 performed various reconnaissance duties at Wunsdorf in Germany. She returned to the UK in 1954, and was retired to gate guarding duties. In 1987 she was modified with a Griffon 58 engine and refurbished to flying condition by British Aerospace. She currently carries the markings of PS888 of 81 Squadron based at Seletar, Singapore, during the Malayan Emergency. This aircraft conducted the last operational RAF sortie on 1 April 1954, photographing communist guerrilla hideouts over an area of jungle in Johore. The ground crew painted the inscription “The Last!” on the left engine cowling.

Just after the Spitfire came the Beech King Air B200. It is used by the Royal Air Force to train pilots in preparation for flying multi-engined aircraft.

King Air

Now for a more gentler flying display. Flying the Fournier RF-4 the Red Hawks display is so quiet, in contrast to the fast jets and stunt aircraft, that they can choreograph their display to music.

Red Hawks

It was a really peaceful display and as the Red Hawks left the scene, in came Steve Carver. I’ve seen and photographed Steve’s display before and it’s an all action, high-flying stunt display.

Steve Carver

Now for the finale of day one. Flying low and fast onto the display area were two Tornado GR4‘s. The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft, which was jointly developed and manufactured by the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy.

Tornado GR4

The Tornado was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF), Italian Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force during the 1991 Gulf War, in which the Tornado conducted many low-altitude penetrating strike missions. The Tornados of various operators were also used in conflicts in the former Yugoslavia during the Bosnian War and Kosovo War, the Iraq War, Libya during the Libyan civil war, as well as smaller roles in Afghanistan and Yemen. For todays display they simulated a combat strike mission. Lots of noise..brlliant.

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4 thoughts on “The 2012 Rhyl Air Show – Day One, Part Two

  1. That GR-4 is a brilliant bit of kit. Superb shot of it too. Then onto my Fave plane, the Spitfire. always makes me sit up with pride thinking of what it achieved along with the Hurricane. Nice work Mike.


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