Wings and Wheels Society.
Trip to R.A.F. Lyneham 24th August 2005.
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Eighteen members of the Wings and Wheels Society enjoyed an outing to
R.A.F. Lyneham on a very wet Wednesday 24th of August. After a
greeting from our hosts the group was given a detailed talk on how the base
conducts its operations around the clock 12 months of the year. The
group was then taken on a tour of the base starting with the Mobile Air
Movements Squadron, this unit are on short notice standby to mobilise and
deploy anywhere in the world with all the equipment necessary to unload and
load the Lockheed C130 Hercules aircraft that R.A.F. Lyneham operate.
The loading equipment was very impressive, not only in terms of size, but
the versatility of their operation. Next stop on the tour was a visit
to one of the C130K model Hercules aircraft, the group was given free range
to look around the aircraft in detail including the flight deck. The
base meteorological office was next on the tour, there followed a very
interesting talk on the equipment used to gather information about the
weather, which included satellite and infra-red imagery. All this
information was used to give current weather information and to predict what
will happen with the weather. It was quite amusing that the civilian
Met Officer, even with all the high tech equipment at his disposal was still
looking out of the windows regularly to back up the satellite data.
After a brief stop for tea and biscuits the group was taken to the Army Air
Despatch side of the base for a photo opportunity with the Douglas C47 gate
guardian. The Wings and Wheels Society would like to thank our hosts
for a most interesting visit.
Copyright of all pictures in this gallery belong to R Kelsey.