On Wednesday 16 March 2011, RAF Coningsby hosted two classes of children from Barnby Road Academy, Newark on Trent, who visited the Station to support their current curriculum topic of Marvellous Machines which is looking at machines and how they have developed over time.

The children started the day with a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) and a guided tour of the hangar giving them a close up look at a Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster aircraft; they also learned about the roles of the people who flew them during World War II and also the pilots who fly them today. The youngsters also had an opportunity to complete some fact finding projects using the BBMF Visitor Centre displays for information.

XI Squadron was the next venue, where the children witnessed Typhoon aircraft taking off and landing, before settling down for their packed lunch. The final part of the day was spent learning about and viewing a Typhoon aircraft from the outside and inside the cockpit.

Year two teachers Mrs Linda Barbuti and Miss Emma Ferris arranged the visit to the Station. Miss Ferris said: “For our topic, Marvellous Machines, we thought a trip to a Royal Air Force Station would make our curriculum as exciting as possible, and we were not disappointed!”

Visit host, Chief Technician Steve Rollin said: “The children had a thoroughly enjoyable time and asked lots of questions throughout the day.”


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