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Team Raven Video Clip:

Links:
Official Team Raven Website
Official Team Raven Facebook
Official Team Raven Twitter

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Pilots:
1. Simon 'Sid' Shirley
2. Steve Lloyd
3. Barry Gwynnett
4. Gerald Williams
5. Ian 'Berty' Brett
6. Mark Southern


Team Raven
Team Raven by David Hackney
Photo by David Hackney

Team Raven consists of six Van's RV aircraft which are based at Swansea Airport in Wales.

The team is led by Simon 'Sid' Shirley and was formed in May 2014. The self-build (Kit aircraft) are a mix of 1x RV4 and 5x RV8s which are low-wing monoplanes of aluminium construction and use standard Lycoming io-360, 180hp engines coupled to constant speed propellers.


Team Raven by David Hackney
Photo by David Hackney
History
Team Raven was formed in May 2014.

Steve Lloyd (Previously with Team Osprey in his Yak 52) and Barry Gwynnett (also previously with Team Osprey) started flying two RV8s in close formation aerobatics around the Swansea area before looking for more RV owners with formation and display experience.

RV owners, Gerald Williams, a very experienced display pilot (previously with Team Viper), and Mark Southern, an ex-RAF fast jet pilot (also previously with Team Viper), joined the team and Simon 'Sid' Shirley, a former RAF fast jet pilot, leads the team with his RV4. Ian 'Berty' Brett, a former RAF fast-jet pilot, joined the team for the 2016 display season.

The fully aerobatic aircraft have been modified with smoke systems which adds greatly to their air displays.

The Team name 'Raven' came from a play on the letters 'RV' and makes more sense if written 'RaVen' as per the badge on the sides of the aircraft fuselages.



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