RAF Displays to look out for at this year’s event
Over the years Wakestock has built up a strong relationship with the RAF. The festival’s location makes it perfect for aerial displays and with the recent interest in RAF Valley on Anglesey and a certain royal mean that the RAF’s presence in North Wales has never had more publicity. As a result we are pleased to announce that 2012 will see the RAF return to the skies over Wakestock with two amazing scheduled flybys. On Friday 6th July, an RAF Hawk will take to the skies above the site at 1650 on the dot, just when the site will be filling up with revellers keen to enjoy the first night of the festival. This plane will be closely followed by an RAF Dakota flyby at 1700 hours.
The RAF Hawk planes based at RAF Valley on Anglesey and their full time mission is to train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy combat pilots of the future. The Hawk display exists to demonstrate the professional excellence of the RAF and promote recruitment to the RAF. Evidence shows that RAF displays have inspired a significant number of people to join the RAF, both as officers and airmen, and to all trades, not just aircrew.
The RAF Dakota was the most numerous transport aircraft of the Second World War. It was developed from their celebrated DC-3 commercial aircraft which flew for the first time in 1935. The military version, the C-53, entered service with the US Army Air Force in late 1941. RAF aircraft, known as Dakotas, were the same as the American C-47 version, and entered service with No 24 Squadron in Gibraltar in March 1943.
Both of these iconic planes will look fantastic against the backdrop of Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia Mountain range and really should not be missed.