Header image: Last year’s BBMF Experience Day prize winner Anthony Andrews and his family watching the Lancaster start up for a sortie. (All photos: Clive Rowley)
The RAF Memorial Flight Official Club's ballot prize for February is a fantastic, ‘money cannot buy it’, chance of a lifetime for Club members to win an Experience Day with the BBMF at RAF Coningsby.
The lucky winner will be able to bring up to three guests to RAF Coningsby on Saturday 27th June, one of the planned weekend flying days of the 2020 display season, which is also Armed Forces Day. Weather and aircraft availability permitting, the BBMF’s programme for that day will be busy and should include flights by the Lancaster, a Hurricane and Spitfires as well as the Dakota. A busy and exciting day in prospect.
The lucky winner and guests will be able to experience the activity during a typical BBMF flying day from behind the scenes, with the engineers preparing the aircraft, the aircrew planning and briefing, and the aircraft starting up, taxying out, departing and returning. There will be opportunities to meet and chat with the BBMF pilots, crews and ground crew during the day and to watch the aircraft coming and going from a very privileged stand point. There will also be the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the BBMF aircraft, those involved in the flying and others in the hangar.
The winner and guests will be permitted access to the RAF Station at Coningsby, via the main gate (the BBMF Visitor Centre is closed), and inside the BBMF HQ, which is not normally open to the public. The escort and host for the day will be Squadron Leader (retired) Clive Rowley, a former fighter pilot and Officer Commanding BBMF, and now the Flight’s publications editor.
The winner is sure to have a very special day. Previous Experience Day ballot prize winners have said:
- “It was such a wonderful opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes… we will have lots of memories to treasure.”
- “Our host really made our day. The ground crew also went out of their way to make the day special, and the pilots treated us to our own fly past and took time to make us feel welcome. A fantastic and memorable day.”
- “The day was far more than we expected and beyond, it was utterly unreal. Words can't really describe what I witnessed and did. It was an unbelievable day.”
(Note that this prize is not transferable and is only available for 27th June 2020. Flying is dependent on the weather. Other terms and conditions will also apply).
All in all, this is a fantastic and exclusive prize, available only to Official Club members. If you’re not already a member, make sure you join the Club by Sunday 1st March 2020 to be entered into the prize draw.