a group of us were invited to stay with friends at the weekend and the venue happened to be an RAF base.
our host has rather an important job at this wonderful base and also has access to a number of fantastic bits of kit.
imagine our delight the day after a fantastically fun evening of games and catching up with old friends, when we were invited to take a spin in a very large, very green RAF lorry.
38 ft long with 5 wheels down each side, an enormous fuel tank for filling helicopters and the ability to do off-road like nothing you’ve ever seen in your life! this was a chance in a lifetime, and us girls weren’t about to allow just the boys to have a go; so each of us sat at the wheel and took it for a ‘spin’. it was very exciting and soooo much fun.
our instructor had very kindly given up his free time on a sunday morning to entertain us and he did it with good grace, great humour and a very winning smile.
there is nothing smarter than a man in uniform!
we also got to admire some of the other bits of kit that are essential to their maneuvers and it is like the line up from a boys ‘best toy box ever’ but in full size!! Everything is armoured, green (which I happen to like very much) and has lots of interesting bits added (that I couldn’t even begin to guess what they might be for). marvellous stuff.
I am filled with admiration for anyone brave enough to join the forces, be it my cousin’s eldest son, my grandad or all those boys fighting overseas.
my cousin’s son is in afghanistan again, my grandad was 19 years old and a regular soldier at the outbreak of world war II: he came home a dunkirk veteran and we are all very proud of both of them.
our host has done his bit too and the memorabilia around his home, not to mention his long line of medals, is testament to his service and gives a small insight into what he has experienced during his 29 years in the RAF.
as an outsider to this incredible ‘club’ of brave men, you cannot fail to be impressed and filled with admiration. It is heartening to know that we are protected by these wonderful people and this wonderful kit.