Despite cloud, grey skies and rain – an intrepid team of stunt aircraft unexpectedly turned up over Penarth this afternoon for what appeared to have been intended as a fly-past or even an aerobatic display.
The weather however wasn’t prepared to play ball – and the pilots had to settle for just a few gentle circuits of the town beneath a very low cloud ceiling .
Even so, in the steady drizzle, the conditions were so poor it was easier to hear the aircraft than to eyeball them against the dark backdrop of unremitting grey clouds.
“Team Raven” is a formation aerobatic display team formed in May 2014 and fly “Van’s RV” aircraft with a mix of 1 RV4 and 4 RV8s. All three aircraft in today’s – albeit limited – display are “self-build aircraft” powered by Lycoming io-360, 180 horsepower engines.
It’s still not clear what was behind the unannounced appearance of the aircraft over the town or why the Team Raven aircraft had decided to orbit Penarth in particular.