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Letter: Valley display.

Byline: Dennis W Pritchard

CONTRARY to Alison Taylor's observations, 22 aircraft were present during the RAF Valley Charity day, representing seventeen RAF squadrons, which included the latest Typhoon fighter and the service's largest aircraft, the C-17. In addition, there were two types from the Irish Air Corps, a French Air Force transport together with a full routine performance by this year's RAF Hawk display pilot.

The purpose of the event is two fold. On the one hand, it permits our members and guests to access an active RAF station to view and photograph military aircraft at close quarters.

Secondly, it allows us and RAF Valley to raise funds for worthwhile charitable causes in North Wales. Following this last occasion, more than pounds 60,000 will have been donated, which will include over pounds 20,000 to Ty Gobaith/Hope House.

The majority of the people attending fully appreciate that the day is not an air show and realise that aircraft participation is strictly conditional upon operational priorities. Bearing in mind the tempo of activity in Iraq and Afghanistan, the RAF are to be commended for securing so many aircraft on the day.

Dennis W Pritchard Secretary, Valley Aviation Society
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2007
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