Excellent day for Bader Braves at
Our re-arranged Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at RAF Kinloss on 31st July following the abandonment of the earlier date due to bad weather, proved a resounding success.
As usual, the crews from 201 Squadron pulled out all the stops in ensuring that this was going to be an event to remember; their efforts were duly rewarded as, without doubt, it was a great day enjoyed by all those that came along. By the end of the day everyone had been flown on a 20-30 minute sortie in one of the two Cessna aeroplanes kindly loaned by the station Flying Club.
During the day we were all treated to a visit by one of the search and rescue Sea King helicopters that made a truly spectacular low level fly past to announce its arrival and then spent an hour on the ground before leaving to take part in a rescue exercise with the RNLI on Loch Ness. During the time that it was on the ground everyone was given a “real hands” on experience and explanation of the workings of this very complex and technologically advanced aircraft.
Whilst flying continued throughout the day, games were provided for everyone in the Squadron HQ along with a picnic lunch by the Crew members. In the afternoon we had a visit from a team from the fire department who drove across in one of the crash rescue vehicles and, again, everyone was given an opportunity to have a good look around the vehicle inside and out, to handle some of the equipment and get a full explanation of what everything was for.
Only at the very end of the day did the weather close in but not until everyone had taken their flights. Mark Hulme who co-ordinated the whole event was very upbeat at the end of what had been a great day “we are already talking about how we can improve the event and make it bigger for 2011” he said, “everyone of us right up to the Station Commander is keen that we continue our support of this event and develop our relationship with The Douglas Bader Foundation”.
Without doubt it was a really good day and one that was much enjoyed by everyone there – thank you Kinloss!!