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1181 Sqn visits RAF Coningsby

Article posted: Apr 19, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Pass

The weather could not have been worse for 1181`s trip to RAF Coningsby!

On a very, very wet and windy morning CI Manning “sailed” the minibus down the road to make a very special visit to look at the RAFBBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) and RAF 29 R Sqn.

They were met at RAF Coningsby by members of 2071 (Stamford) Sqn ATC cadets and staff who had been especially invited by Pilot Officer McGlynn. The Cadets were told they would get an “up close and personal” visit to the collection of aircraft belonging to the RAFBBMF. They were not to be disappointed!

The tour began at the hangar of the BBMF. They were shown around by one of the very knowledgeable tour guides but were much closer than members of the public are allowed! All but one of the aircraft were present in the hangar. Unfortunately, because of the weather, none of the aircraft were able to take to the skies. After the tour lunch was taken in the mess.

The highlight of the day was then about to take place for the cadets. A visit to 29 R Sqn of the RAF. They are equipped with the latest front line fighter the Eurofighter Typhoon. It was a highlight because the aircraft fast, make lots of noise and are all weather aircraft, which meant that even with the monsoon conditions, they were able to fly on the day with little or no problems, much to the cadets delight!

Before the aircraft took to the skies, the cadets were shown around the hangar by serving Sqn members of the 29 R Sqn. They were shown around one of the aircraft in the hangar, although they weren`t allowed inside the cockpit as it was about to go out that day.

Much to the delight of the cadets, they saw some of the Typhoons taking off and flying around. 1181 Sqn would like to thank the RAFBBMF and 29 R Sqn for their help in making the day the success that it was!

We would also like to thank Pilot Officer McGlynn and CI Manning for organising the day.

By Plt Off Dan McGlynn
1181 (Syston) Sqn ATC