by Alberto G., Alessandro S., Andrea M., Lorenzo B. 4^ AER – Fagagna (UD)
Istituto Nobile Aviation College
Hi! We are the students at Year 12 and we want to share our experience in England … just before the lockdown!
Lucky? Yes, we were!
This was our annual school trip, scheduled at the right time and for the right time: from the 18th to the 21st of February.
February, 18th – 9:00am: Meeting at the Venice Airport: destination Manchester International Airport.
It had been already quite a journey but, our destination was not there yet.
A coach driver was waiting for us at the arrivals: destination Lincoln.
Few days in Lincoln and then and back to Manchester for visiting the entire city.
But, Scampton had all the attention.
There, in this small town near Lincoln, is situated the Scampton station , home of the British Aerobatic team: the Red Arrows…
But first ….
WHO ARE THE RED ARROWS?
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams. It has been displaying since 1965.
Representing the speed, agility and precision of the Royal Air Force, the team is the public face of the service. They assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom at home and oversea and promote the best of British.
Flying distinctive Hawk fast-jets, the team is made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff with frontiline, operational experience.
Together they demonstrate the excellence and the capabilities of the Royal Air Force and the Service’s skilled, talented people. Based at RAF bon Scampton in Lincolnshire, the Red Arrows have flown almost 5,000 displays in 57 countries, by the beginning of 2019-the team’s 55th season.
During the day, we visited the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre, a small museum that exhibits the famous 2 Dam-buster Raids, the British First and Second World War heritage and all the service activities in the past 60 years.
We had luch with the pilots in the Junior Ranks Mess and finally, the most exciting moment for many of us, in the afternoon we visited the hangar of the BAE Hawks.
The Circus (the engineers of the Aerobatic Team) gave us a tour of the hangar and they explained in a very detailed and precise way the plane, the engines and the performance of the aircraft.
We met the pilots, “the Reds” and gave the school Heraldic badge to thank everyone for the great day spent together at the Scampton Station!
It really is a DAY TO REMEMBER!