On Friday 29th May, a group of staff and air cadets from Melton spent the day exploring different units at RAF Coningsby. The visit was arranged by Flying Officer Dan McGlynn RAFVRT, the RAF Coningsby Air Cadet Liaison Officer and Captain Chris Davidson, Royal Engineers.
The cadets spent the morning having an up close tour of the aircraft within the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). They were given access to have a look at some of the rarest aircraft within the RAF fleet including some of the Spitfire fleet and the legendary Lancaster aircraft. The BBMF guide gave the cadets some of the history behind the great achievements of the aircraft and their use in the Second World War. They were even luckier when they were offered the chance to have a look inside the Dakota aircraft before they got to see it take off for a BBMF display flight.
Following the exciting morning, the cadets then got the chance to see some of the latest aircraft in the RAF fleet. With thanks to 41 Squadron RAF, the cadets were shown around both the Tornado and Typhoon aircraft, with chances to look inside the cockpits of the aircraft and find out a bit more about what the aircraft and squadron can do.
Cadet Jack Criddle, aged 12, said “It was amazing, absolutely amazing. The typhoons were awesome!”
Thanks in particular to the staff at the BBMF, Captain Chris Davidson, Chief Technician Russell, the team at 41 Squadron RAF and all who helped us make the visit possible.
Flying Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVRT
1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron