Productive would best describe recent weeks for the Squadron, our events programme is filling very quickly and more invitations are arriving weekly.
To some of you a "DA" will be a haircut from the 1950's but for the six happy, smiling Gazelle pilots in the photograph it's a Display Authorisation, without which our pilots are unable to display at public events.
With two training days under our belts and the days growing noticeably longer, our email servers are spooling up as we continue to liaise more purposefully with airshow organisers and seek to add structure to our events programme for 2019.
We're in discussion with a healthy number of event organisers and our attendance at Abingdon, D-Day 75, Shuttleworth and the National Armed Forces Day plus our old favourite the Medway Armed Forces Day is already confirmed. (Further details on our events page.)
With only a few days remaining before the Christmas celebrations begin in earnest we had out final sortie of 2018 to conduct, flying father Christmas into Naomi House and Jacks Place one of our charities. This is almost certainly one of the most rewarding events in our calendar and this time the privilege of flying the big man fell to the dynamic duo.
Well that's pretty much it for 2018, we've recently ticked off Brize Norton and Cranwell and held a few events whereby interested parties have been able to explore Bourne Park – our base.
So, as the autumnal cloak descends over the UK we will gradually retreat into the hangar and join our engineers to help try and get even more Gazelles on to the show circuit for 2019.
July and early August have gone in a flash.
We've been relatively quiet over recent weeks with no high profile events since Yeovilton, but we have still been busy and occupying ourselves with aircraft husbandry and in the next few days we'll be donning our overalls and finishing the decorating of the crewroom and briefing facilities at Bourne Park
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