BBMF experience day: watching Spitfire TE311’s pilot ‘crew in’ from close range

Win a fantastic Experience Day at the BBMF

Header image: Last year’s BBMF Experience Day prize winner Dale Chapman with his brother-in-law Ian Russell watching Spitfire TE311’s pilot ‘crew in’ from close range (All photos: Clive Rowley)

The RAF Memorial Flight Official Club's April ballot prize for Club members is a fantastic, ‘money cannot buy it’, chance of a lifetime Experience Day with the BBMF at RAF Coningsby. 

The lucky winner will be able to bring up to three guests to RAF Coningsby on Sunday 17th June, one of the planned weekend flying days of the 2018 display season. Weather and aircraft availability permitting, the BBMF’s flying that day includes the Lancaster, a Hurricane and two Spitfires, covering various events around the country and returning to Coningsby. The lucky winner and guests will be able to experience 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.

Spitfire PR Mk XIX PS915 and Hurricane IIC PZ865
Spitfire PR Mk XIX PS915 and Hurricane IIC PZ865 waiting to go, outside the BBMF hangar at RAF Coningsby.

This is the third time that we have been able to provide an ‘Experience Day’ at the BBMF as one of the Club’s ballot prizes; an indication of how much the Flight values the Club and its members. The winner is sure to have a 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” and, “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.”

(Note this prize is not transferable and is only available for 17th June 2018. 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 Monday 30th April to be entered into the prize draw.

The winner gets exclusive access to the BBMF flying operations.
The 2016 winner, Karen Shortland and her guests, up close to the action. The winner gets exclusive access to the BBMF flying operations.

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