RAF Woodvale

Two recent developments at RAF Woodvale in Formby have caught the eye

Firstly an RAF Roundel has been painted on the main hanger doors and it’s quite impressive:-

Also the static display aircraft by the gates to the airfield has also been renewed. The Jet Provost has now gone, being replaced by a Hawk XX247:-

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

RAF Woodvale – Gets strike aircraft and helicopters as it goes ‘operational’ once more

After years of being an airfield for training aircraft and gliders and a spell as the base for the local police helicopter RAF Woodvale is back in the big time as strike aircraft and helicopters are to be based there from later this year.

Sea King helicopters seen at a Southport Airshow in recent times will now be based at RAF Woodvale

Sea King helicopters seen at a Southport Airshow in recent times will now be based at RAF Woodvale

The news came as quite a surprise to many and it is anticipated that the roar of the jet engines will soon become a common, if unwelcome, feature of life in Formby and Ainsdale.

The potential for Britain leaving the EU is said to be behind the move as the Government prepares for a changing relationship with one of its nearest presently EU partners, the Irish Republic. Should Britain leave the EU then Ireland may well become a less friendly neighbour. ‘In such circumstances an early warning shot is being put across the Irish bows via the strengthening of defences on the north west coast of England’ a statement from the RAF revealed.