8th February 2014

RAF Museum Trip (Jan 2014)

The day started at the squadron at 8:45 where we met five cadets from Godalming (1254) who were to spend the day with us. At 9:00 we boarded the coach ready for a 45 minute journey to the museum. We arrived 20 minutes early, punctual as usual!
We then split off into small groups and went to view the first exhibition, milestones of flight, this included aircraft such as: gliders, fighter jets and helicopters, one of our favourites was the P-51 Mustang as it had an image of Donald Duck on the side to the amusement of the cadets! This exhibition also included a red arrow simulator which we and some of the new recruits enjoyed immensely. Covering the walls of this part of the museum was a detailed aviation timeline.

Next we visited the Bomber Hall, this had a large array of planes including: the Lancaster, the Handley Page Victor (Nose Section) and of course the Vulcan, although the valiant was nowhere to be seen! After that we went to the Historic Hangers section where we went inside an interactive Chinook and got the chance to sit inside a model plane.

Some of the cadets had fun in the play area where there was a mini glider and a helicopter that you could sit in and lots of other kiddie exhibits which we all had fun playing on. We then went to the café where we were persuaded into buying some extremely overpriced treats but it was definitely worth it. After that we tried to visit the Battle of Britain exhibition but were a bit too closely followed by an intimidating security guard as some of us were too young. After spending a rather long time looking for Flight Sergeant Linthwaite we eventually found him and were begrudgingly let in by the security guard we had encountered earlier where we then saw the magnificent F-35 Fighter Jet.

A big thanks to everyone involved for such a brilliant day and we hope there will be another one soon!

Cdt Ellis and Cdt Chamberlain.

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