RAF Coningsby Base tour : Thursday 12th May 2016 - Banter Ops Photography

A superb day inside the fence at RAF Coningsby where we visited 29 Squadron, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and 41(R) Squadron. What made it even more special for myself is that I achieved a life long ambition to sit in the cockpit of an "active Tornado. In my case it was ZA607.

My thanks goes to the two persons who organised the tour as a fundraising event fpr B.L.E.S.M.A. (British Limbless Ex-Serviceman's Association and to our guide who escorted us around the base (a Flying Officer) and his driver, and those who showed us around the three squadrons.

29 Sqn :- a USMC F-18 pilot on exchange, Callsign "Vulture"

BBMF : Ken 

41 (R) Sqn : A Flight Lieutenant

All three entertained us with their knowledge, their stories and humour. (Names have not been included for obvious reasons).

I would just like to add that BLESMA had no involvement in the arranging of this trip. Their website for any donations etc, can be found at https://blesma.org/
It is not a regular occurrence for the public to access the "active" squadrons at the base, which makes this trip even more special.

It was also great to catch up with a few friends and colleagues.

Below are links to the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft history & backgrounds.