RAF Centenary Weekend at Norwich Airport 23rd - 24th June 2018
Click to see photos in the Gallery     
On Thursday 21st June I went on the 501 bus from Castle Meadow to the Airport Park and Ride stop as the normal terminal stop was closed because of preparations for the weekend ahead. After watching an Austrian Cessna 510 (OE-FBD) take off, I went past the RAF Horsham St Faith's Memorial and a grass bank with two concrete roundels, which had been painted by the Air Training Corps. There was an RAF Roundel and a USAAF Roundel. The Memorial has a newly planted hedge around it, with seats and benches on the gravel. In front of the main terminal there was a Bae Hawk T1W (XX312) from RAF Shawbury. Apart from having its engine taken out and the rockets from the ejector seat taken out, it was the real deal. It was marked in RAF 208 Sqn colours. Inside the terminal there was a Derwent engine from the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. Later a couple of RAF Regiment vehicles arrived on a truck. These were a GMC Otter and a Scorpion Light Tank.

On Saturday I decided to go back to the Event itself and sat in the Hawk parked outside the Terminal. After that I had a look around the stalls, where there were three Aston Martins, one of which was part of a special V8 Vantage S 'Blades Edition' inspired by the "The Blades" formation team. There was also a Vanquish S limited edition and a "Red Arrows" limited edition (AM10 RED) which was one of 10 and which was won in a raffle for RAF personnel and their families. The Air Training Corp Drums played and there was also a climbing wall. Inside the terminal, RAF Marham had a stall with parts of a Tornado displayed and also a display showing how the wing shape affects lift on a plane, or if turned the other way up, can be used for racing cars to force the cars down on the track. The City of Norwich Aviation Museum was also open but as I could not drive to get to the Museum, I could not go there to see what they were doing in celebration. No doubt Terry Rideout one of our members was working at the Museum and would be able to inform anyone. Many thanks to Sir Peter Rigby, and others who organised this Event.

Andrew Elphick

Click this Link for more information! RAF 100 at Norwich Airport