We still have a few places left on our Bader Braves visit to The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Royal Navy Historic Flight on Thursday 9th April. This will be a fascinating and exciting visit limited to just 12 Braves and these last places are bound to go quickly.
If you’d like to make the most of this great opportunity, please register as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.
The final date for applications is Thursday 2nd April.
Special Day for Bader Braves at RNAS Yeovilton
Thursday 9th April 2015 at 11.00hrs
On Thursday 9th April we have a very special day lined up for a limited number of Bader Braves at RNAS Yeovilton which includes not just a visit to the wonderful Fleet Air Arm Museum but also a very privileged visit to the Headquarters of the Royal Navy Historic Flight where we will see some of the unique aircraft in the collection being prepared for a very busy display season.
The aircraft are historically significant. During the Second World War Swordfish aircraft accounted for the sinking of over 300,000 tons of enemy (Axis powers) shipping – more than any other single Allied aircraft type, and thereby made the most important maritime airpower contribution towards the Allies winning the Battle of the Atlantic and in gaining seapower supremacy in the Mediterranean. Sea Fury aircraft fought with distinction during the Korean War, helping to provide the spearhead of British Forces’ ground attack air offensive operations. One Sea Fury had the distinction of being the first United Nations piston engined aircraft to shoot down the much faster MiG 15 jet, and it remains to this day the fastest production single piston engine-powered military aircraft in the World. The Sea Hawk was the Royal Navy’s first truly successful fighter/ground attack jet aircraft and made the greatest contribution to the success of British ground attack forces during the Suez campaign on 1956.
The collection contains some of the rarest airworthy military aircraft in the World. There are only four flying Swordfish in the World – one is in Canada, one in America and the other two are owned and operated by the RNHF with a third currently in storage awaiting an opportunity to rebuild. The Sea Hawk flying with the RNHF is absolutely unique, there are no others in flying condition anywhere in the world. Although there are a number of Furies/Sea Furies still airworthy throughout the world, the majority have been re-engined and converted into “hot-rod racers” and are therefore not truly authentic examples of the type. VR930, the example flying with the RNHF, is currently the only FB.11 variant in Europe.
There will also be ample time for a good look around the superb Fleet Air Arm Museum which comprises four large halls. Each hall has ground floor and upper levels telling the stories of naval aviation from the first manned kites towed behind naval vessels, to helium filled airships, seaplanes, bi-planes and the carrier borne aircraft of WW2 and modern Sea Harriers and helicopters. You will have the opportunity to actually be on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier and take a conducted tour through the actual “island” of HMS Ark Royal; you can see the fantastic Concorde and walk through it as well as viewing a host of iconic aeroplanes. It is a real treat!!!
As our visit to the RN Historic Flight takes us into a working environment and will cover some technical aspects it should be noted that this day is only available to Braves aged 12 years or over and is limited to just 12 Braves, each accompanied by just one parent or carer (other family members are welcome to remain in the Museum whilst the visit to RNHF which takes about 90 minutes including transfers, takes place). Luncheon vouchers for use in the Swordfish Restaurant will be provided for each person and all entry fees will be met by The Douglas Bader Foundation; all you have to do is get there!!
In order not to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to participate in a very special day follow the link to register and submit your request without delay. We anticipate that there will be tremendous demand for this great day out so act now to avoid disappointment.