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RAF Valley is a Royal Air Force Station on Anglesey. Although it’s hard to spot it whilst driving, you might spot or hear several jets flying over the island and North-West Wales.
The airfield was constructed during World War Two in 1940 and opened for operations on 1 February 1941 as a Fighter Sector Station with the task of providing defence cover for England’s industrial north-west and shipping in the Irish Sea.
After the war, during 1950 many improvements were made to the hangars and buildings at Valley and on 1 April 1951 training commenced for fighter pilots on Vampire and Meteor jet aircraft.
These days, RAF Valley is also home to a squadron of Sea King helicopters. These are busy in the Search and Rescue role, rescuing people from ships in the Irish Sea, from the mountains of nearby Snowdonia and elsewhere. The mountain rescue work in Snowdonia is coordinated with the constituent teams of the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, second-in-line to t
he British Throne, was assigned to C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, as a pilot flying the Sea King search and rescue helicopter. He finished his last shift as a pilot on Tuesday 10 September 2013.
Anglsey Airport opened in 2007. This is an airport owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council on land leased from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The airport
is situated at Llanfair yn Neubwll on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. The leased site is part of RAF Valley, an RAF station teaching RAF pilots using BAE Hawks. The Airport is operated on the County Council’s behalf by Citywing.
Plans put forward in early 2006 by the National Assembly for Wales have led to a subsidised weekday air service between the airport and Cardiff Airport, 12 miles west of the Welsh capital in the hope of improving the economy of Anglesey and North Wales in general. The twice daily service began in May 2007.
For residents of Anglesey, the air service is significantly quicker than surface transport. Gate-to-gate travel time to Cardiff is around 1 hour.