BADER BRAVES – A Great Day at Dunkeswell

Sun Shines for Super Show

At Dunkeswell.

19 Bader Braves and their families gathered at Dunkeswell Aerodrome near Honiton in Devon on Saturday 29th June for the first ever Young Aviators Day at this splendid and very friendly venue. To make the day even more enjoyable we were blessed with some splendid weather, warm sunshine and extremely good visibility which ensured that all the Braves taking to the skies were afforded great views over the rolling South Devon countryside and along the spectacular coastline between Seaton and Sidmouth.


Four members of the Devon & Somerset Flight Training Centre generously gave their time and made their aeroplanes available throughout the day giving everyone the opportunity of a round trip of about 25 minutes. One of the pilots had brought along a colleague for the day who was very quickly press ganged into helping out and he proved to be an excellent marshal for the event ensuring that everyone was safe and got the most from their visit. Over the lunch time pic-nic break Capt Jack Sparrow, who had moored The Black Pearl just off the beach at nearby Branscombe, rowed ashore and paid us a visit; he was a fine sight and after having talked to each of the Braves he shared some of his plundered bounty with them by handing out gold pieces of eight!! (Courtesy of The Good Ship Cadbury I believe!!!!).


Dunkeswell was particularly busy on the day with a constant stream of incoming and outgoing air traffic as well as hundreds of sky-divers falling like confetti from the blue skies throughout the day. Towards the end of the day Nathan Doidge one of The Foundation’s Ambassadors and reckoned to be the most “disabled” pilot in the UK, flew in from Blackbushe; sadly his departure from Blackbushe had been unexpectedly delayed so many of the Braves had already departed but those that remained were able to have a chat with him and see just what could be achieved with determination and dedication.


As the last Braves left Dunkeswell to make their way home, the pilots and support team took time to chat the day through over a cuppa and sticky bun. All agreed that our first event here had been a tremendous success and was one that should be repeated in 2014; so Braves, as always “watch this space”. A special vote of thanks must go to Brendan Proctor and his team at Dunkeswell, Kevin who made sure everything ran smoothly and that we all behaved, to Captain Jack for leaving the high seas for a while and paying us a visit but most of all to Mike, Peter, Nigel and Steve the four pilots who gave every Brave such a great flight and a truly memorable day – thank you one and all; here’s to 2014!!

Keith Delderfield

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