Editor’s Foreword (Issue 3 2012)

Sitting down to write this editorial, I thought I would take a look at what I wrote for the last issue of OnetoOne and the following line stood out – ‘As I sit here now, the weather has completely changed, it’s glorious outside and summer appears to have arrived early’! Clearly, met forecasting is not my strong point; but, following the logic that reverse principles apply, I’ve made ample reference to the rain in this edition in the hope it pre-empts some much needed sunshine, just in time for the Olympics!

Despite the weather, the last 3 months have seen a fantastic array of events and celebrations with RAF Coningsby playing a significant part on both the local and national stage. Displays by Typhoons and BBMF aircraft to mark HM the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Opening Ceremony of the RAF Bomber Command Memorial once again demonstrated the RAF’s excellence and heritage in front of a global audience and I’ve included some of the pictorial highlights as a reminder of the Stn’s contribution. Continuing the theme of celebration and commemoration, there are articles on 3(F) Sqn and its 100th Anniversary parade. The accounts of the Junior Pilot are particularly amusing and highlight the fact that whilst change is a constant (so to speak), some things don’t change despite the passing of the years. Sadly, I was unable to acquire any photographic evidence of the post-parade evening function! There is also coverage of 41(R) Sqn’s participation in the Olympic Torch relay which their team used to good effect, raising money for charity.

Another key event was the Stn Families’ Day, preceded the day before by the Enthusiasts Day. As OIC Sponsorship and Publicity, my role was fairly straightforward but I was able to see at first hand the considerable efforts of colleagues putting in place superb air and ground displays which I know many of you (and the Enthusiasts) will have enjoyed, again despite the weather. Hopefully, the photo spread at the centre pages sums up the atmospherics on the day!

I also highlight the short article on the RAF Disabled Holiday Trust and the letter from the Trust’s Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Kennedy GCB AFC. I’ve worked with the Trust in previous years and it is an excellent organisation providing much needed and high quality holiday accommodation to RAF personnel and their families. If you know of any colleagues who are themselves disabled or have disabled family members, I recommend you visit the Trust’s website for further information (see article for details).

Lastly, I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire. The article on its Interactive Display is just one example of numerous ways in which AHL promotes the deep history of aviation in this County and the intimate part the RAF has played in that heritage. AHL provides a constant stream of exhibitions and guest speakers and I recommend you visit their website on www.aviationheritagelincolnshire.com for details of forthcoming events.

Well I hope you will be drying out the sun tan lotion before long.  When I write again, I hope we will be celebrating a record haul of medals at the Olympics and a home grown Tour De France winner; but then again, maybe I shouldn’t be making predictions!