lobstaboy wrote:.. Do today's military use Skydemon?
In the 1930s the Air League promoted a scheme whereby cities and town in UK could 'adopt' a RAF Squadron, often one then based locally. The Borough of Cheltenham 'adopted' 57 Sqn, then based at Upper Heyford (with Hawker Harts).
When 57 disbanded as a Victor Sqn at RAF Marham in 1986, I got permission to fly (a Cherokee) carrying the Deputy Mayor (RAF veteran, former Hurricane Fitter in Burma; work colleague and my local Councillor) up for the disbandment ceremony, to 'fly the Borough flag' (actually, it was draped over the cowling when I got there, IIRC). All other visiting aircraft were military, nearly all jets. I was given a 5 minute arrival 'slot'. This was quite challenging (for a strictly VFR bimbler) before any electronic aids and no very close ground-based navaids (ISTR we had an ADF and possibly VOR, but no DME). Fortunately, my Air Cadet instructor colleague was in RHS, and had just come off the Air Cadet Instructor's Nav course (done at Finningley, IIRC), and helped with the Plog, headings and ETAs. Somehow we made the time slot, with a late slowdown .. I'm sure the Marham SATCO had thought the request quite reasonable, as any of the military types flying in (most with Navs) would have found it trivial
Good day, and it was gratifying for the Councillor how many visitors stopped on the flight line to ask why we were there. It was also the first time he'd ever been, let alone eaten as a named VIP guest, in an Officers' Mess
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