Year 8 take off at RAF Northolt
Davenies was lucky enough to be one of only two school to see what really happens on an operational airfield when Year 8 visited RAF Northolt.
The first stop was the hangar of 32 (The Royal) Squadron, home to aircraft used by HM The Queen, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries. Some of the boys took to the cockpit to imagine being a pilot whilst others were very interested in the secret laser at the rear of the aircraft…we’d tell you more but we’d have to shoot you!
We then took a step back in time to Building 37 which served as an operations room during the Battle of Britain. A few tried the air raid warning siren whilst others handled a WWII rifle complete with bayonets fixed – time to stand back!
The day ended with every young boy’s dream – a chance to be a fireman. The boys clambered all over the fire engine and then engaged in a fiercely contested race to unreel and connect fire hoses and fill a dustbin with water. There may have been a few damp trousers on the way home.
A huge thanks to Squadron Leader Richard Willis for looking after us.