ACA Woking News by Bill Bawden, PRO

19 June 2012

ACA Visit RAF Transport Base

A party of AirCrew Association members, several accompanied by their wives, recently visited Royal Air Force Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

;ACA members at Brize Norton
ACA Woking visitors in front of a 216 Sqn TriStar at Brize Norton
ACA group on C-17 ramp
ACA Woking visitors on the ramp of a 99 Sqn C-17

The visitors received a hospitable welcome from the RAF and, in the course of a full day’s entertainment, were given conducted tours of three of the squadrons based at the RAF’s largest station.  After being shown over the Tristar transports of 216 Squadron, they then climbed aboard a C130 Hercules of No 30 Squadron, one of the ‘workhorses’ of the air.

Both these squadrons fly regularly to Afghanistan as do the C17A Globemasters of 99 Squadron that make the journey non-stop.  The crew members of one of these gigantic aircraft proudly showed the visitors around the cavernous interior and explained its various roles.

Finally the party was afforded a fleeting glimpse of the first Airbus A330 Voyager multi-role tanker/transport to be delivered to the RAF.  This aircraft will shortly begin to replace the VC10s and Tristars that have served so well for many years.

216 Sqn TrisStars
30 Sqn Hercules
216 Sqn TriStars 30 Sqn Hercules

Filming ‘War Horse’

The June meeting at Fairoaks Airport featured an illustrated talk by Andy Robertshaw, the curator of the Royal Army Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut Barracks, Camberley.  Andy acted as a consultant and advisor on military matters to the makers of the acclaimed film of ‘War Horse’.

During a lively and amusing account of his experiences, Andy told how his efforts to achieve total authenticity of the First World War army depicted in the film occasionally ran counter to the conceptions and requirements of the filmmakers and the compromises that had to be reached to resolve these differences.


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