A visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, was organised recently by the staff of 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron.
The day started with a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. A tour guide met the cadets at the visitors centre and an in-depth talk and tour of the aircraft and the part that each played during WWII was described, including the three most iconic these being the Spitfire, Hurricane, and the Lancaster.
Following the tour of the Memorial Flight the staff and cadets were met by their guide for the day, SAC Tommy Flint, and taken to the Junior Rank’s Mess for lunch.
After lunch the Squadron we were taken to 29 (Reserve) Squadron where they were met by Chief Tech Procter for a complete tour of the Squadron’s facilities. During the visit, staff and cadets were allowed fantastic access to the Typhoon, the cockpit and information on how it is flown and an insight into 29 (Reserve) Squadron’s role.
Staff and Cadets of 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron in the hangar of 29 (Reserve) Sqn at RAF Coningsby.
The cadets were allowed to walk around the aircraft and were given a detailed explanation of how the various aircraft components work. The cadets were then taken to the flight line where they witnessed first hand how the ground crew handle the aircraft. One cadet was given the opportunity by the ground crew to marshal the aircraft on a see off. The Cadets then watched the aircrafts take off.
After the visit the cadets were then invited back to 29 (Reserve) Squadron’s crew room where they were given an array of Squadron mementos.
The visit gave the cadets a rare insight into the operation’s of today’s RAF and the role that they play.
The Dambuster’s Memorial at RAF Woodall Spa.
On departing RAF Coningsby the Squadron stopped at RAF Woodall Spa to view the Dambuster’s Memorial. The Squadron would like to thank to all the personnel at RAF Coningsby for assisting with their visit, especially to SGT Tony Redgrift, SAC Tommy Flint and CT Carlos Proctor.
By CI Richard Elam, Media & Communications Officer – 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron.