RAF Benson Families’ Day

On Monday 20 July 2015 a number of cadets from Wallingford joined cadets from other squadrons to provide support in the organisation of the annual RAF Benson Families’ Day which is one of the ways the station shows appreciation of the sacrifices service personnel and their families make on a daily basis.

Initially, cadets helped set up various exhibits and demonstrations and later in the day provided support with car parking, crowd line control and RAFBF charity collections.  The bonus of the day is that they witnessed first-hand the impressive display of flying in the afternoon starting with the Red Arrows who despite the low cloud performed most of their repertoire of precision flying. This was followed by two flypasts of the Avro Vulcan XH558 which is in its last season of public displays before retirement to a purpose built museum at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

In addition, throughout the afternoon there were aerial displays ranging from various acrobatic aircraft such as the Pitts Special and the Yak-52 to the RAF Chinook Display Team who gave a very impressive demonstration of the aircraft’s capabilities.