A write up following the excellent BADER BRAVES FLYING DAY at Goodwood Aero Club on Sunday 13th June where a (very) good time was had by all and, again, we were extraordinarily lucky with the weather.
As always, we are extremely grateful to everyone involved for all that went into giving the Braves and their families such an exciting and memorable day out. Your efforts and generosity were certainly appreciated by all who attended.
Although rather more associated with horse racing at Goodwood, Glorious Goodwood is a very appropriate descriptive for the Bader Braves Young Aviators Day very generously hosted by Goodwood Aero Club on Sunday 13th June.
Fourteen Bader Braves gathered at the Aero Club along with their families to enjoy a day flying in a variety of aeroplanes donated and piloted by their owners, aeroplanes ranging from a luxurious Cessna 421 to a challenging Boeing Stearman and including a host of exciting models in between.
The day was also supported by personnel from Tangmere Military Aviation Museum who provided a flight simulator that was in non-stop use by the youngsters throughout the day, flying a Chipmunk from Tangemere Airfield to Goodwood; along with Blue Watch from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Chichester who brought along an appliance giving the Braves (& most Mums & Dads too) an insight into the working of the machine, the role of the crew and an opportunity to handle and try some of the equipment.
The management team at the Aero Club provided a “Bouncy Castle” and organised the most superb weather for everyone to enjoy their picnic lunches and, all in all, a fabulous day!
David Bickers, Chairman of The Douglas Bader Foundation and stepson-in-law of Bader commented “this is clearly one or our most successful Braves events so far. It is good to be back at Goodwood, where we have enjoyed such a fruitful relationship over many years and I am delighted to learn that the intention is for this event to become an annual fixture in the calendar of the Aero Club”
Keith Delderfield, Director of the Foundation added “we have been so well received here today and the help and support that we have been given by the management, staff and members of the Aero Club has been second to none. One only has to listen to the comments of the parents and see the look on the faces of the young Bader Braves as they leave the aircraft to know that this event has been enormously successful and greatly appreciated by all of those who have benefited from such generosity – thankyou Goodwood, we are indebted to all of you that helped”
The Douglas Bader name and, more latterly, the charitable Foundation established in Bader’s name and charged with the task of continuing his inspirational work amongst the disabled community, has enjoyed a long association with Goodwood; indeed it was from Goodwood during WW2, when its official title was RAF Westhampnett, that Douglas Bader led the Tangmere Wing and from where, at 10.40hrs on Monday 9th August 1941, Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader lead out 616 Squadron on his last operational mission; a short while later during a hostile engagement over the French coast Bader went missing and ended his war as a PoW in Colditz. On August 9th 2001 at precisely 10.40 hrs the Bader association with Goodwood was renewed when a statue commissioned by The Duke of Richmond & Gordon and Lord March was unveiled by The Duke and Lady Bader OBE to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of this event and the statue remains the only one commemorating Douglas Bader. Bader Braves has been created to provide support and opportunity for young people suffering disability and was launched at the RAF Museum, Hendon in February 2010 to mark the centenary of Bader’s birth.
We’ve received a lovely message from the Loosemore family who clearly enjoyed the day enormously:
We are very grateful to all those who take the trouble to send in photographs for us to put up on the Website. It is lovely to see the evidence of the success of these Flying Days. Hopefully their pictures will bring back happy memories for those of you who were there and will inspire others who weren’t to put your names down for one.Tags: 616 Squadron, Bader, Bader Braves, Blue Watch, Colditz, David Bickers, disabled, Douglas Bader, Flying Day, Goodwood, Goodwood Aero Club, Hendon, Keith Delderfield, RAF Museum, RAF Westhampnett, Tangmere, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service