Eleven Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron visited RAF Coningsby to see the oldest and newest aircraft in the RAF.
The day began with a quick one way chat with the Station Warrant Officer about why we were parked in the wrong place. But after that was sorted we arrived at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were we were met by Clive Rowley who explained that he was a former Commanding Officer of the BBMF and a pilot at 7 AEF at RAF Cranwell. Clive showed us around the BBMF hanger. All the aircraft were stripped down for servicing so we could the most inner workings of the Spitfires and Hurricane. Clive gave an explanation about each aircraft or story associated with the markings given to a particular plane. The tour ended with the Lancaster and Clive told stories about the heroism of some of the aircrew who flew Lancaster’s in the War.
After lunch in the Junior Ranks Mess we arrived at 29® Sqn, the training unit for all pilots learning how to fly the Eurofighter Typhoon. The Cadets were split into two groups and while some were shown around the outside of the Typhoon by the ground crew the other group were shown the cockpit. Each Cadet got to sit inside the cockpit and was given an explanation of all the screens and switches.
Cadet Conor Tetley (13) said of the trip, “Seeing the insides of the Spitfires and Hurricane and seeing how they worked was really interesting but sitting in the Typhoon cockpit and pressing the buttons was just great!”