|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
20 September 2009
Traditionally, the Woking branch of the Aircrew Association has marked the Battle of Britain celebration, by attending a public ceremony at the Brookwood, Military Cemetery.
The Mayor of Woking took the salute at the RAF memorial shelter, as the parade marched past.
copy and pictures by Eric Smith
Members and guests of the AirCrew Association meeting at Fairoaks Airport were entertained by an illustrated talk given by Stuart Stephenson, a retired airline captain with BEA and British Airways.
Stuart told of his experiences flying Trident, Tristar, DC 10 and Boeing 777 aircraft and interspersed his narrative with many amusing anecdotes of life on the flight deck and, in more recent times, during his term as mayor of Surrey Heath.
Photographs of bizarre incidents produced laughter and a series of pictures of aircraft cockpits and unusual airports resulted in an impromptu quiz as members of the audience tried to identify the subjects.
ACA members are now looking forward to making a visit this month to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the home of the RAF's long-range transport and air-to-air tanker fleets.
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