A ‘Super Hangar’ fit for a ‘Super Car’
MoD St Athan officially handed over the ‘Super Hangar’ on 6th April 2017, to Aston Martin Lagonda. The momentous occasion marks the end of an era for MoD St Athan and was a poignant moment in the long history of the Station. MoD St Athan, formerly RAF St Athan, has a renowned history of producing world class engineers for the Royal Air Force. This day marked the dawn of a new age in the development of a new generation of engineers on the site under the name of Aston Martin.
Representatives from the Station and trainee cadre based at No. 4 School of Technical Training were invited to ‘take a look around’ and get hands on with some of Aston Martin’s latest models. When asked which was their favourite car at the event, Aircraftsmen Marston, Nutthall and MacRae all backed the Vanquish S, typifying the cars ‘sporty and classic’ looks as the winning combination with the DB9 a close second favourite.
Aircrew from IV(R) Sqn, RAF Valley, had also travelled down for the day bringing with them a T Mk2 Hawk having been previously detached at St Athan during a period of runway refurbishments at Valley. They said they were ‘delighted to represent the Air Force at such an important juncture in the history of the station’. On display were also examples of a Mk1 Spitfire and a Hercules, both now privately owned.
Dr Andrew Palmer, President and Chief Executive of Aston Martin, said that the company aimed to offer ‘7 very different vehicles from 2022’. One of the vehicles to be manufactured at St Athan will be the concept SUV, the DBX, and will be proudly denoted as ‘hand built in Wales’. The redevelopment of the site into a state of the art manufacturing facility for the British luxury carmaker will directly create 750 new jobs in South Wales, and support thousands more as production starts in 2019.