Sennybridge Training Area 26th September 2022 & Welshpool and Shobdon 30th September 2022 (Grant Robinson)

Hi all,

As part of a short holiday break to West Wales, I’ve finally caught up with range target Meteor F.8 VZ568. Seen from distance along a public road that seemingly can be closed by the military as and when required. We saw plenty of red flags flying along this road and lots of men in Army uniform and you wouldn’t go trespassing here! Seen from the safety of said public road at co-ordinates 52.0293383, -3.6320124

Sennybridge Training Area

(VZ568), Gloster Meteor F.8, United Kingdom (unknown)



After a few days of Welsh holidaying with the Wife and Jet, it was time to head back to England via a couple of airfields, I hadn’t visited in a long time. It was pouring down with rain all day, but sometimes this can strangely help at airfields. Yes, the hangars may be open with lots of residents active and possibly out and about, but on a day like today, everything was at home and a kind gentleman in the Control room with time to spare, showed me around most of the hangars…….I last visited here 28th September 1997 – 25 years ago! G-ATBS, G-CEYY, G-CKFF, G-DAGN & G-UPIZ were good ones for me today.

My photographs can be seen at;

G-ASSW, Piper PA-28 140 Cherokee (28-20055)
G-ATBS, Druine Turbulent D.31 (PFA 1620)
G-BAJO, Grumman American AA-5 Traveler (AA5-0260)
G-BCWB, Cessna 182P Skylane (18263566)
G-BMHL, Wittman Tailwind W.8 (PFA 031-10503)
G-BNGY, ARV Aviation ARV 1 Super 2 (019)
G-BOZO, Grumman American AA-5B Tiger (AA5B-1282)
G-BPRM, Reims/Cessna F172L (0825)
G-BRXD, Piper PA-28 181 Archer II (28-8290126)
G-BYJT, Zenith Zenair Zodiac CH 601 HD (6-3516)
G-BYLS, Bede BD-4 (PFA 037-11288)
G-CBJN, Rotary Air Force RAF 2000 GTX-SE (PFA G/13-1335)
G-CBUC, Raj Hamsa X-Air 582(5) (BMAA/HB/228)
G-CBVC, Raj Hamsa X-Air 582(5) (BMAA/HB/230)
G-CCCJ, Nicollier Menestrel II HN 700 (PFA 217-13707)
G-CCDY, Best Off SkyRanger 912(2) (BMAA/HB/275)
G-CCFG, Dyn Aero MCR-01 Club (PFA 301A-14047)
G-CEYY, Evektor-Aerotechnik EV-97 TeamEurostar UK (3123)
G-CKFF, Zenith Zenair STOL CH 701 (7-7208)
G-DAGN, Comco Ikarus C42 FB 80 (1509-7419)
G-EMSS, Airbus Helicopters MBB-BK 117 D-2 (H145M) (20217)
G-FLOR, Europa Aviation Europa (PFA 247-12793)
G-GDAY, Robinson R22 Beta (0676)
G-IANH, SOCATA TB10 Tobago (1843)
G-IIGI, Vans RV-4 (381)
G-KEVH, Jabiru Aircraft Jabiru UL (354)
G-KHDW, Jabiru Aircraft Jabiru J400 (PFA 325-14055)
G-UPIZ, BRM Bristell NG5 Speed Wing (LAA 385-15414)
N500AV, Piper PA-24 260 Comanche C (24-4805)


Next up was Shobdon and again, another friendly reception on reporting to the Control Room (not tower) and aasking for asking for access. They thought I was a little bit mad given the downpour and I didn’t disagree. Last visit here for me was 12th August 1998, so I didn’t really care if I got a little bit wet. A new hangar since my 1998 visit contained Tiger Helicopters and I had a lovely chat with someone in charge there, and he was happy enough for me to wander and take photographs of the helicopters within.

I was very happy to come across Swallow G-ADMF – what a beauty. Others made here were G-BTAL, G-CDIF,, G-CFEX, G-CIYZ, G-MYSU, G-RCHL, G-ROYP, G-SPCZ & G-UDGE.

My photographs can be seen at;

XX538/O, Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1, G-TDOG, United Kingdom (BH.120-230)
G-ADMF/EI-AFF, British Aircraft Manufacturing Swallow 2 (406)
G-ARVV, Piper PA-28 160 Cherokee (28-451)
G-ATON, Piper PA-28 140 Cherokee (28-21654)
G-AVVC, Reims/Cessna F172H (0443)
G-BAOU, Grumman American AA-5 Traveler (AA5-0298)
G-BARF, Wassmer Jodel D.112 (1019)
G-BCGS, Piper PA-28R 200 Cherokee Arrow II (28R-7235133)
G-BCVY, Piper PA-34 200T Seneca II (34-7570022)
G-BHAA, Cessna 152 (15281330)
G-BNKC, Cessna 152 (15281036)
G-BONG, Enstrom F-28 A-UK (154)
G-BTAL, Reims/Cessna F152 (1444)
G-BXXW, Enstrom F-28 F (771)
G-CBKY, Jabiru Aircraft Jabiru SP 470 (PFA 274B-13764)
G-CBWO, Rotorway Exec 162F (6597)
G-CDIF, CAP Aviation CAP-10 B (302)
G-CFEX, P & M Aviation Quik GT450 (8362)
G-CHVY, Comco Ikarus C42 FB80 Bravo (1304-7246)
(G-CIFD)/2106638/E9-R, Titan Aircraft Mustang T51 (LAA 355-15261)
G-CIYZ, P & M Aviation QuikR (8734)
G-DINA, Grumman American AA-5B Tiger (AA5B-1218)
G-EZMA, Robinson R22 Beta II (2964)
G-GAZN, P & M Aviation Quik GT450 (8271)
G-HOTC, RotorSport UK MTO Sport (RSUK/MTOS/058)
G-INTS, Vans RV-4 (PFA 181-13069)
G-MYSU, Rans Coyote II S-6ESD (PFA 204-12753)
G-RAFY, Best Off SkyRanger Swift 912S(1) (BMAA/HB/523)
G-RCHL, P & M Aviation Quik GT450 (8592)
G-ROYP, Robinson R22 Beta (2071)
G-SHRK, Enstrom Shark 280 C-UK (1173)
G-SPCZ, CZAW Sportcruiser (LAA 338-14842)
G-TGRA, Agusta A.109 A (7201)
G-TGRC, Robinson R22 Beta (1775)
G-TGRE, Robinson R22 Alpha (0471)
G-TGRZ, Bell 206B Jet Ranger III (2288)
(G-TSIM)/CY-G, Titan Aircraft Mustang T51 (LAA 355-14964)
G-UDGE, Thruster Air Services Thruster T600N (9099-T600N-037)
G-UNES, Vans RV-6 (PFA 181A-13222)
G-UURO, Evektor-Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar (PFA 315-14480)
G-ZENR, Zenith Zenair Zodiac CH 601 HD (PFA 162-11573)
G-ZGZG, Cessna 182T Skylane (18282036)
N556L, Cirrus Design SR22 (0132)
N800VM, Beech Duchess 76 (ME-318)

Kind regards,


Grant Robinson


Photograph credits: Grant Robinson