On the 5th of July sixteen cadets and four staff members from 966 (Wallingford) squadron attended the North Moreton Air Pageant organised by our Honorary President Polly Vacher, a renowned aviator who holds many world records for long distance flying including being the first person to fly solo around the world landing on all seven continents. The biennial event is used to help raise funds for local charities including the Oxfordshire air ambulance.
The day began at RAF Benson where the 966 contingent boarded an RAF Puma helicopter for a lift to North Moreton! The helicopter doors were left open during the flight which meant that we got excellent views of the river Thames and the Didcot power station with the spaces left by the recently demolished cooling towers! Once at North Moreton the cadets were straight into action helping direct traffic and hand out programmes. During the main event the cadets made sure the spectators were a safe distance from the aircraft while watching the fantastic airshow overhead. All were treated to some amazing flying from a local model aircraft group, gliding to the music of Bach, stunning aerobatics from a Pitts special, a World War II Spitfire and the highlight of the show was Peter Vacher’s Hurricane in action. This is the only Hurricane to have taken part in the Battle of Britain which is still flying!
After our duties were complete the 966 contingent boarded the RAF Puma and headed back to RAF Benson, “buzzing” the crowd line on the way!
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Plt Off O’Riordan RAF VR(T)