Cpl Copeland Spends a Day With the Red Arrows
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By Cpl Shannon Copeland - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
Though Air Cadets I recently entered a National competition to design an original poster for the 50th Anniversary of the Arrows. I was lucky enough to be included in the short list of 10 finalists. All finalists were invited to spend a day at RAF Scampton with the Red Arrows, with the over all winner planned to be announced after a display by Red 6.
We arrived at 08:45am at the Guard Room to collect our passes where we were met by Sergeant Karol Lawrence, whom was our host for the day. We were then shown through the hangar where we saw the aircraft being serviced and repaired. Afterwards, we were shown the area where the flying kit is issued and stored.
Following this, we were taken to the Scampton Heritage Centre where the bases’ history is exhibited. This included Guy Gibson’s own office where the 617 Squadron Dambuster raids were planned. In front of the building outside was Guy Gibson’s dogs grave. Many other things were of interest including Scampton’s importance during the Cold War as a previous Vulcan Bomber base. Another room houses was a large collection of ATC clothing and memorabilia.
After this we had enjoyed lunch in the Junior Rank’s mess. Following lunch we were taken to the main hangar which was being used for a Science and Technology event (STEM) This composed of many organisations such a BAE Systems, Boeing, Rolls Royce and Vulcan To The Sky exhibiting their businesses and organising activities. The aim of this was to inspire young people to peruse a career in Engineering and Science. In attendance was Professor Brain Cox and Jason Bradbury whom involved themselves with people in attendance from schools and us, the cadets.
Finally we were treated to a display by 4 of the 9 aircraft which was a ‘Flat Display’ due to the poor weather conditions. This all ended with the announcement of the over all winner, which was unfortunately not me! After the aircraft taxi’d back to the pan, all 10 finalists were photographed with the whole display team, Professor Brian Cox and Jason Bradbury. Even though I wasn’t the winner, it was still such a privilege to be invited and it was a fantastic day! It was definitely a great experience which I shan’t forget.
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