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Valley (Holyhead) Airport

Valley (Holyhead) Airport Valley Airfield

Located on the western coast of the Isle of Anglesey approximately seven miles from Holyhead and 20 miles from Bangor and is sign posted with the traditionally red bordered signs.

Royal Air Force Valley is the RAF’s Advanced Tactics and Training Unit. Located on the western coast of the Isle of Anglesey (north-west Wales, UK), the Station is responsible for the advanced flying, tactics and weapons training for all the United Kingdom Armed Forces fast jet pilots.

The base is also home to C Flight, 22 Squadron of the RAF Search and Rescue organisation and is the parent unit for the Search and Rescue Training Unit who train all the SAR crews for the RAF. Follow the links to find out more.

RAF Valley is home to No 4 Flying Training School, now the only Advanced Training and Tactics Unit, responsible for training all RAF and RN fast jet pilots to front-line Operational Conversion Unit entry standard for Harrier, Sea Harrier, Jaguar, Tornado F3 and GR4 and when it enters Service the Eurofighter Typhoon. In addition, 4 Flying Training School trains its own Qualified Flying Instructors, Qualified Tactics Instructors and Qualified Weapons Instructors, as well as providing training for Exchange Officers and Foreign & Commonwealth pilots.

History:

The Station opened on 13 February 1941, in No 9 Group, Fighter Command, and for the first few weeks of its existence was called Royal Air Force Rhosneigr after one of the nearby villages, but was re-named Royal Air Force Valley on 5 April 1941.

At the time the Station opened enemy air activity over this country was still being conducted on a considerable scale and Valley's geographical location made it suitable as a Sector Operations Centre for the control of fighter defences in the approaches to Merseyside and Belfast, as well as the protection of shipping in the Irish Sea. Valley sector was served by a number of radar reporting stations strategically placed in the vicinity to give the widest possible coverage; these were at Nefyn, South Stack, Pen y Bryn, Rhuddlan and Castell Mawr. In addition, there was a GCI station at Trewan Sands for which Valley was responsible. The sand blown on to the airfield from the dunes of Traeth Cymyran by the prevailing westerly wind caused severe problems to aircraft engines and was only eventually resolved by the dumping of tonnes of mud dredged from the nearby lakes of Llyn Penrhyn and Llyn Traffwll.

On 3 March 1941, No 312 (Czech) Squadron moved in from Speke with its Hurricanes and began flying convoy patrols over the Irish Sea, and by the time it departed for Jurby on 25 May 1941 it had claimed the destruction of a Ju 88 during one such sortie. It was replaced by No 615 Squadron from Kenley, also flying Hurricanes, and was joined on 10 May by 'A' Flight of No 219 Squadron who brought their Beaufighter IFs on one month's attachment from Tangmere and whose nocturnal activities claimed several enemy aircraft. In the June, 2 sections of Hurricane IIBs of No 302 (Polish) Squadron and one section on No 68 Squadron with Beaufighter IFs arrived at Valley for one month's fighter defence duties.

No 456 (Royal Australian Air Force) Squadron formed at Valley on 30 June 1941 with Defiant 1s for night operations under the command of Wing Commander Olive DFC and became operational on 5 September. The Squadron converted to Beaufighter IIs in the same month as operations began, and these in turn were replaced by Beaufighter VIs in June 1942. The Squadron’s first ‘Kill’ came on 10 January 1942 when Squadron Leader Hamilton shot down a Do 217 during a routine night patrol and by the time the Beaufighters were replaced by Mosquito IIs in January 1943 and the Squadron departed for Middle Wallop in the March, 3 more enemy aircraft had been claimed as destroyed.

Address:
Royal Air Force
Valley
Holyhead
Anglesey
LL65 3NY

Tel 01407 762241

WWW: http://www.rafvalley.org/index1.htm




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General Info
Country United Kingdom
ICAO ID EGOV
Time UTC 0(+1DT)
Latitude 53.248097
53° 14' 53.15" N
Longitude -4.535339
004° 32' 07.22" W
Elevation 37 feet
11 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 004° W (01/05)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency ROYAL AIR FORCE UK
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
TWR 122.1
340.175
257.8
RDR 125.225
258.825
GND 122.1
356.75
DIRECTOR 123.3
125.225
337.725
344.0
ATIS 120.725
APP 134.35
372.325
362.3
125.225


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
01/19 5377 x 150 feet
1639 x 46 meters
ASPHALT - NO
08/26 4200 x 150 feet
1280 x 46 meters
ASPHALT - NO
14/32 7513 x 150 feet
2290 x 46 meters
ASPHALT - YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN VYL VALLEY 021X - At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.
Oil O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)

O-149, Aircraft Turbine Engine Synthetic 7.5c St
Other Fluids LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

LOX, Liquid oxygen servicing

OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown
JASU


Remarks
A-GEAR Nml ops apch cable down, ovrn cable up; apch cable avbl with 5 min ntc.
FLUID LHOX LOX
FUEL A1+, 100LL
JASU 1(A4) 1(C1) 1(C5) 1(C6) 1(E1) 1(E3) 1(E11)
LGT ABn, red coded VY.
OIL O-125-128-135-136-149
OPR HOURS Opr 0800-1800Z Mon-Thu, 0800-1700Z Fri (OT as req by No. 4 FTS).
RSTD PPR. Rpt LDA Rwy 01 5156'.

Runway 01/19

5377 x 150 feet
1639 x 46 meters



Runway 01
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 006.0
Latitude 53.243556
53° 14' 36.80" N
Longitude -4.540556
004° 32' 26.00" W
Elevation 18.0 feet
5 meters
Slope 0.3°
Landing Distance 5377 feet
1639 meters
Takeoff Distance 5377 feet
1639 meters
Lighting System LIRL
PAPI

Runway 19
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 186.0
Latitude 53.258111
53° 15' 29.20" N
Longitude -4.537889
004° 32' 16.40" W
Elevation 34.0 feet
10 meters
Slope -0.3°
Landing Distance 5156 feet
1572 meters
Takeoff Distance 5377 feet
1639 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 221 feet
67 meters
Lighting System HIRL
X
PAPI

Runway 08/26

4200 x 150 feet
1280 x 46 meters



Runway 08
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 070.0
Latitude 53.245767
53° 14' 44.76" N
Longitude -4.545825
004° 32' 44.97" W
Elevation 18.0 feet
5 meters
Slope 0.2°
Landing Distance 3497 feet
1066 meters
Takeoff Distance 4200 feet
1280 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 703 feet
214 meters

Runway 26
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 250.0
Latitude 53.249722
53° 14' 59.00" N
Longitude -4.527825
004° 31' 40.17" W
Elevation 26.0 feet
8 meters
Slope -0.2°
Landing Distance 3799 feet
1158 meters
Takeoff Distance 4200 feet
1280 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 401 feet
122 meters

Runway 14/32

7513 x 150 feet
2290 x 46 meters



Runway 14
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 130.0
Latitude 53.253792
53° 15' 13.65" N
Longitude -4.546200
004° 32' 46.32" W
Elevation 30.0 feet
9 meters
Slope -0.1°
Landing Distance 7513 feet
2290 meters
Takeoff Distance 8323 feet
2537 meters
Overrun Length 810 feet
247 meters
Overrun Surface ASPHALT
Lighting System HIRL
BP
PAPI

Runway 32
Surface ASPHALT
True Heading 310.0
Latitude 53.240450
53° 14' 25.62" N
Longitude -4.520247
004° 31' 12.89" W
Elevation 21.0 feet
6 meters
Slope 0.1°
Landing Distance 7513 feet
2290 meters
Takeoff Distance 7823 feet
2384 meters
Overrun Length 310 feet
94 meters
Overrun Surface ASPHALT
Lighting System HIRL
X
PAPI

Navaids



VALLEY
Type ID Channel Freq Country State
TACAN VYL 021X - United Kingdom -
Latitude Longitude Airport
53.257422
53° 15' 26.72" N
-4.544139
004° 32' 38.90" W
EGOV


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