On Saturday 27 May, I joined a number of colleagues at the Duxford Air Show. We had been invited to join my old friend Andrew Brookes whose book Canberra Boys was being launched with a signing. This is the latest edition in the superb ‘Boys’ series published by Grub Street. Andy had invited some of his old Canberra chums to contribute and he asked me to write a chapter on my experiences as a first-tour navigator on a photographic reconnaissance squadron in RAF Germany – halcyon days. The many enthusiasts kept us busy all day signing copies and swapping yarns. A great day at a great show.
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This morning I visited the marvellous charity fly2help at their new headquarters at Gloucestershire Airport where I met the chief executive, Alison Pavier, and her great team of dedicated young ladies.
In the early days of the charity I had been involved in a modest way but my visit today was the first for a number of years. I was tremendously impressed by the progress made and the expansion of their activities.
So, why was I there today? I recently gave my talk Behind Enemy Lines to the members of the Bristol Men’s Club. At the end of the evening they gave me a very handsome donation for one of my ‘favourite charities’. When I opened the envelope I saw it was for fly2help and I felt I must reconnect with them. I am delighted that I did.
They have a wonderful ‘mission statement’, which I have copied below. It captures their aims but why not visit their web site HERE and learn more about the wonderful work they are doing to promote aviation amongst young people and to provide a stimulating and heart-warming experience for those children and adults with profound disability, who are disadvantaged or bereaved?
Next week they celebrate their 10th Anniversary so please see what you can do to help them promote their great mission.
Everything looks better from above the clouds where skies are blue. Leaving our worries on the ground
gives us the freedom to look at the world from a fresh perspective.
fly2help is an aviation charity dedicated to raising the spirits of people, young and old, living in difficult personal situations and inspiring young people as they consider their future lives. Founded by pilots, our Air Smiles Days and Aim High education programme take everything that is exhilarating about flying and uses it to do something extraordinary.
At a poignant Sunday service in the RAF’s church at St Clement Danes in London, the squadron’s Standard was laid up. It joins an earlier Standard making it the only squadron to have two in safe keeping in St Clement Danes. The current squadron commander, Wing Commander Chris Kidd, and his officers paraded the Standard for the last time with former members in attendance. Whilst a very sad day, it was one to reflect on the service and sacrifice of all those who have served on the squadron so loyally over the past 100 years.