A visit to RAF Coningsby, Lincs was organised recently by staff of 1359 (Beeston) Sqn with the aim of providing the squadron’s cadets with an insight into the operations of a front line RAF station.
The day started with a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The BBMF guide gave the cadets a tour of three of the most iconic aircraft to have seen service with the RAF, the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster. The part that each type aircraft had to play during WWII was explained to the cadets and the individual histories of some of the aircraft were recounted by the guide.
Following lunch in the Junior Ranks Mess the cadets headed over to 29® Squadron’s hangar for an appointment with the Typhoon, the RAF’s latest frontline fighter. 29® Squadron is the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) for the Typhoon fleet and are responsible for the training of all Typhoon air and ground crew. After watching a video showing the capabilities of the Typhoon the guides took the cadets into 29’s hangar and split them into two groups to give them a guided tour of one of their aircraft, a two seat Typhoon T.1. Whilst one group had a walk around of the aircraft with all of the important and interesting features explained to them the other group had a look inside the cockpit where the various controls and systems were described.
The cadets then had the chance to buy squadron memorabilia, with t-shirts, patches and key fobs being snapped up. All too soon the visit came to an end and the cadets headed back to Nottingham, but not before making a detour to visit the 617 Squadron memorial in Woodhall Spa and then a drive past of the RAF College at Cranwell.
With thanks to all the personnel at RAF Coningsby who assisted with the visit especially Flt Sgt Jim McLellan, the ACLO, and the volunteer guides at the BBMF.
CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Sqn