Monday 21 August 2017

Static Line-up at Wings & Wheels Just Got Even More Exciting

As well as fantastic displays in the air, the Wings Park at Wings & Wheels will have some impressive aircraft for visitors to get up close and personal too. Attending both days is the Royal Navy Wildcat Helicopter, AAC Apache Helicopter, RAF Hawk T2 and RAF Tucano as well as the aerodrome’s resident 747, Sea Hawk and Hunter, Brooklands VC10 and Aces High DC3.
The Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter is the latest generation of multi-role helicopter specifically procured to operate from the frigates and destroyers of the Royal Navy. Replacing the Lynx Mk8, the Wildcat has a more powerful engine allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high tech interactive display and a new radar system that provides 360-degree surveillance.

Not content with putting on an explosive display in the sky, the Apache will also be on the ground. Designed to hunt and destroy tanks, the Apache attack helicopter can operate in all weather, day or night and detect, classify and prioritise up to 256 potential targets in a matter of seconds. It carries a mix of weapons including rockets, Hellfire missiles and a 30mm chain gun, as well as a state of the art fully integrated defensive aid suite.

The Hawk has a rich history at Dunsfold Aerodrome and is also the aircraft the Red Arrows fly. The Hawk T TMk2 on static display is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, tandem 2-seat training aircraft with mission avionics, representative of front-line aircraft. The Hawk has tandem seats, with full controls available in the front and rear cockpits. The aircraft’s ‘glass cockpit’ avionics suite provides a realistic advanced fast jet training platform.

The RAF Tucano will be parked up and on display with the rest of the aircraft at Wings & Wheels. Operated primarily from No 1 Flying Training School, at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, to provide basic fast jet flying training to RAF and RN student pilots, and basic WSO training to all potential RAF WSOs. The aircraft is powered by an 1150shp Garrett Turboprop engine, has a maximum speed of 300kts (345mph) and can maintain 270kts (310mph) at low level. It can operate at up to 30,000 feet and has an initial climb rate of 4000 feet per minute.

Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “We have a fantastic collection of aircraft in the Wings Park that visitors can take a close up inspection of. Pilots will be on hand to chat to them about their aircraft and tours will be available of the 747, VC10 and DC3.”

The VC10 will also be completing much anticipated engine demonstration runs twice daily in the Wings Park. Bring your ear defenders and prepare for the ground to shake!

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