RAF Church Fenton
Yorkshire UAS / 9 AEF

Yorkshire UAS / 9 AEF

Until 2000, Yorkshire UAS operated the military owned Scottish Aviation Bulldog, changing to the civilian owned Grob Tutor in August of that year.

9 Air Experience Flight, late-1990s and 2003

9 Air Experience Flight, early-'00s

Yorkshire UAS / 9 AEF early-'00s. © Steve Buckle

Yorkshire UAS families day held on 25th June 2004

The Yorkshire UAS families day 2005, held on Friday 1st July. Aircraft in the flying display included Tucano, Tornado F3, Harrier GR7, Seaking, VC10, Tutor, Jet Provost and Apache. The static display consisted of Harrier GR7 (x2), Hawk, Jet Provost, Firefly, Piper Warrior, T-6 Texan, Tucano, Tutor and Chipmunk. © Ian Herbert

The RAF Church Fenton families day 2006 was held on Friday 30th June 2006. The flying display consisted of displays / flypasts by no less than 14 different RAF types - not bad for a small station! Approximately 250 visitors attended the day, which once again was blessed with very good weather. A familiar visitor was locally-based businessman Paddy Green's C-47 Dakota N473DC, which made a stopover at Church Fenton en-route to its home at Liverpool. This aircraft was recently re-sprayed at Church Fenton. Once again, many thanks go to Sqn Ldr Gordon Pell, OC 3 Sqn 1 EFTS for inviting me to attend the families day, and to all the staff and students of Yorkshire UAS and 1 EFTS for their hard work arranging and running the day.

On Saturday 26th September 2009, 2434 (Church Fenton) Squadron ATC held a very successful open / families day at Church Fenton in aid of Help For Heroes. Approx 25 aircraft visited, in weather which couldn't have been better. A number of photos from the day can be seen below:

Yorkshire UAS in the early-'00s. © Chris Chambers. Visit his website www.chrischambersphotography.co.uk

Some photos from the Yorkshire UAS Families Day, 30 June 2006. All © Nick Elbro

Yorkshire UAS, early-'00s

Taken July/August 2007, when BBMF Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 diverted in to Church Fenton with a fuel leak. The aircraft arrived on 29th July, departing on 3rd August. Bringing in the pilot for the return flight to Coningsby was Chipmunk WG486, which is no stranger to Church Fenton having been based here in the 1960s. © Bob Rushton

On Tuesday 26th April 2011 I was lucky enough to be working from home when Avro Vulcan XH558 turned up un-announced and carried out two practice displays over RAF Church Fenton. This was the first time XH558 had displayed at Church Fenton since the 1992 air display.