03 July 2009
It\'s not often you get to bring the traffic on the Bristol Road to a standstill, or get every student in the building rushing to the window - but landing a Chinook helicopter on the South Field is one way to achieve it! This picture was taken during the visit of Group Captain Richard Mason RAF, who left KES in 1984 and recently commanded the Chinook Force in Afghanistan. He spoke to the CCF about his experiences, and the reality of warfare in Afghanistan, before giving over 60 cadets and staff the unforgettable experience of a Chinook flight. This was one of the highlights of a summer which also included the successful Annual Inspection, conducted by officers of all three Services, led by the Commanding Officer of HMS FORWARD. As we go to print, cadets are preparing for Summer Camps, and for courses from the ‘Fleet Air Arm Acquaint\' to Air Cadet Leadership and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expeditions.
Photo: Chinook landing on South Field.