Weekend by the seaside

Over the last few weeks, WZ507 has been in the hangar at Coventry under the expert care of Heritage Air Services for annual maintenance. This is essential in keeping the Vampire in perfect working order allowing us to continue to operate the aircraft safely. The good news is that in the last week, ‘507 emerged from the hangar and flew a successful post-maintenance check flight on a fantastic summer’s day.

WZ507 getting airborne at Coventry for the first flight after annual maintenance – June 2021

With the Vampire now flying once again, and with a great weather forecast for Wales, we decided to fly the aircraft for a weekend in Llanbedr – something we’d been planning for a good while. We were also lucky enough to be joined by Swords Aviation’s immaculate Jet Provost T.52 from Nottingham and a Nanchang CJ6 from White Waltham. With favourable weather in Snowdonia, we also took the oppurtunity to visit the valleys between Dolgellau and Machynlleth known as the Mach Loop on the transit.

The views were spectacular and the beaches from Barmouth to Llanbedr looked lovely in the summer sun. On arrival at Llanbedr we were pleased to meet the very helpful airfield team and to show some keen enthusiasts around the aircraft.

WZ507 landing at Llanbedr – Photo Simon Gareth Jones
WZ507 at Llanbedr, looking on to Snowdonia – Photo Joseph Michael Maskrey

We enjoyed the food put on by Max at the Pilots Hatch Cafe (we recommend it to anybody arriving by road or by air) and the fantastic views from the airfield. It was however all too soon time to return home to our respective bases, and we joined up with the Jet Provost T.52 to go and have another look at the valleys of mid Wales on the way home.

The jets routing from Dolgellau to Machynlleth on the return leg

We had a great weekend and we’d like to say a special thank you to the airfield team at Llanbedr, and Max at the Pilots Hatch Cafe for making sure we had such a pleasant stay. We hope to be flying the Vampire at Coventry again in the coming weeks.

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