Full Speed Ahead....

  • Posted on: 9 April 2019

Productive would best describe recent weeks for the Squadron, our events programme is filling very quickly and more invitations are arriving weekly.

To some of you a "DA" will be a haircut from the 1950's but for the six happy, smiling Gazelle pilots in the photograph it's a Display Authorisation, without which our pilots are unable to display at public events.

February 2019

  • Posted on: 15 February 2019

With two training days under our belts and the days growing noticeably longer, our email servers are spooling up as we continue to liaise more purposefully with airshow organisers and seek to add structure to our events programme for 2019.

We're in discussion with a healthy number of event organisers and our attendance at Abingdon, D-Day 75, Shuttleworth and the National Armed Forces Day plus our old favourite the Medway Armed Forces Day is already confirmed. (Further details on our events page.)

December Delights

  • Posted on: 16 December 2018

With only a few days remaining before the Christmas celebrations begin in earnest we had out final sortie of 2018 to conduct, flying father Christmas into Naomi House and Jacks Place one of our charities. This is almost certainly one of the most rewarding events in our calendar and this time the privilege of flying the big man fell to the dynamic duo.

November update

  • Posted on: 1 November 2018

Well that's pretty much it for 2018, we've recently ticked off Brize Norton and Cranwell and held a few events whereby interested parties have been able to explore Bourne Park – our base.

So, as the autumnal cloak descends over the UK we will gradually retreat into the hangar and join our engineers to help try and get even more Gazelles on to the show circuit for 2019.

August update

  • Posted on: 9 August 2018

July and early August have gone in a flash.

We've been relatively quiet over recent weeks with no high profile events since Yeovilton, but we have still been busy and occupying ourselves with aircraft husbandry and in the next few days we'll be donning our overalls and finishing the decorating of the crewroom and briefing facilities at Bourne Park

Time to draw breath - July 2018

  • Posted on: 15 July 2018

Mid July and we're into something of a quiet period. Weston, Medway and of course Yeovilton were immense with huge crowds inspired by the fantastic weather we're enjoying lately.

Images of these event taken by our own photographers can be found in our new photo album feature here. (Or under events in the navigation menu.)

This will be populated with historic events in due course.

Summer's here!

  • Posted on: 20 June 2018

Mid June and the Squadron is fully committed, we've had a fantastic early start to the summer with succesful visits to Abingdon and Shuttleworth and of course a fantastic weekend at RAF 100 at Cosford, where our new pairs display routine was well received.

We recently flew 94 year old Ian Kerr-Bonner, and ex WW2 Glider pilot from Pembroke to Maidstone in order that he could pay his final respects to his lifelong friend Des Page (RIP). It was an absolute privilege for the Squadron, many of whom are ex Army Air Corps to become involved in such an emotional and worthwhile event.

April 2018

  • Posted on: 12 April 2018

As the show confirmations begin to land on the doormat, it's clear that we will be very busy this year.

Recent weeks has seen a lot of activity in support of our charities, we've hosted an event for BLESMA, we've delivered chocolate and the Easter Bunny to the children at Naomi House and we've facilitated school visits in support of Julia's House.

March update

  • Posted on: 2 March 2018

We've been busy!

We've finished our mandatory ground training for 2018 and are now starting to turn our attention towards adding to our list of display qualified pilots and improving our display routine with an added emphasis on pleasing the photographers amongst you.

We've currently got 3 aircraft fully serviceable with the prospect of a 4th on the horizon. Bourne Park is a cold place at the best of times, however the recent extreme conditions has tested even the hardiest of souls and we applaud loudly the endeavours of our fantastic engineers.