Milligan Visit to UK
I really loved the recent video on the Hawker Hunter. Excellent, Saw one flying at Eastbourne Air Show recently and it certainly brought back memories of a lovely aircraft. We were so fortunate to have them.
When I was in UK recently I visited Newark Air museum which has a great collection of aircraft and amongst them a Vulcan from 44(Rhodesia) Squadron.
I was like a dog with two tails when I was given the opportunity to play in a Jaguar fighter cockpit.
I also had a guided tour of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby which was very interesting especially as I witnessed several Eurofighter Typhoons taking off and roaring (and I mean roaring) around as they are based there. I then saw the BBMF and a Typhoon in action at the Eastbourne Air Show. Terrific.
Whilst in UK I took the opportunity to meet up with Carlos Gomes a fellow PJI as he was over in UK on holiday. I had not seen him since 1981. It was great to meet up with him and his wife Fiona after all these years. He is now working in Nigeria. We had a smashing braai including many stories along with Brenda and Alan Sparkes, good riends from Mashonaland Sky Diving days. (Even had Boererwors - don't get much of that in Ireland!). He sends his regards to all.
|Carlos and Kevin|
|Fiona - Carlos - Kevin - Brenda Sparkes|
Also met up with Charlie Aust and Paul French who are in good form. Coincidentally Mick McKenna (LT Col., RAR) visited Charlie too whilst I was in Grantham.
|Carlos readies the braai - whatever happened to the good old half drum I wonder?|
|Vulcan Tail showing 44 (Rhodesia) Sqn emblem Vulcan with "Stand Off Bomb"|
|Kevin in the Jaguar cockpit|
|Dam Buster Bomb|
|Lancaster - one of only two flying - other in Canada|
|Lancaster Tail Turret|
Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photographs and memories with ORAFs.
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