Young Aviators off to a “flyer” for 2016 At Kinloss!!
The Bader Braves Young Aviators 2016 programme got off to a flying start with The Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks on the Moray Firth on Saturday 14th May.
Event co-ordinator, George MacKenzie, was waiting to welcome the first wave of Young Aviators at the guardroom at 08.30 and lead them in convoy around the perimeter road to the Club HQ on the far side of this enormous military base, formerly the home of RAF Kinloss and a considerable number of Nimrods but now home to 39 Engineer Regt. As the Braves arrived for the early morning safety briefing the aeroplanes in which they were to fly were lined up on the adjoining apron. After a quick cuppa, the first of many to be taken throughout the day, it was straight on with the action.
The weather was excellent offering great visibility and plenty of sunshine. Everyone had been advised that cross winds could make it “a little bumpy” on take-off and landing but that once airborne it would be “OK”. The course for our Braves would take them in a westerly direction over Elgin then out towards Buckie on the Firth itself from where they would turn through 180 degrees to head back along the shoreline of the Firth overflying Burghead to Findhorn Bay where they would enter the final circuit back to base; in all a flight of some 30 minutes if all went well and go well it most certainly did.
As the day progressed the weather improved and with the clearing blue skies the seas of the Moray Firth appeared nothing less than Mediterranean, turquoise in colour and from 2500 feet, apparently flat calm!! As one flight returned the next was loaded and despatched with, as you would expect, military precision until lunchtime approached and for those waiting there was an opportunity of trying their hand at flying by taking command of the clubs flight simulator. As has become customary at Kinloss, the station fire appliance arrived, always a source for great excitement and photo opportunities over the lunch which was taken with the arrival of the afternoon wave of Young Aviators and even more cuppas (I don’t know what the pilots do with it!!!) and then straight back to the action; conditions remained excellent and so the afternoon operation was pretty much identical to the morning.
Those Braves from the morning session prepared do depart but not before paying a visit to the static Nimrod exhibit where they were given a first class guided tour of this iconic aeroplane that has played such a significant part over the years in our islands military aviation history seeing operation around the globe.
Sadly the day passed all too quickly and just after 18.00 the last flight returned disgorging the final excited Brave onto the tarmac at the end of another brilliant day with The Moray Flying Club. After the last of the Braves had been escorted off base each of the pilots completed the obligatory paperwork of the day, the ground staff towed the aeroplanes back to the hanger and volunteers busied themselves tidying up the clubhouse following a busy but great day. All of us at Bader Braves are indebted to those members of Moray Flying Club who so freely gave of their time ensuring that each Brave had a great flight experience and took away some super memories; in particular we must single out George MacKenzie, our man in Scotland, for George has taken on the co-ordination role for this magnificent event and a fine job he has made of it too!!
Thank you all.
Herewith some photographs of the day kindly supplied by Photo Section, RAF Lossiemouth. More will follow shortly.