The sound of fast-jets broke the silence of the Cambridgeshire countryside as Royal Air Force combat aircraft flew into RAF Wyton today.
A Tornado GR4, Harrier GR7 and a Jaguar GR3A flew in from the Operational Evaluation Unit, based at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. This stunning line up of the RAF's front-line aircraft was an opportunity for people from Equipment Support (Air)'s Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) to view some of the aircraft types they support.
Following soon after a Tornado F3 flew in from its base at Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Piloted by Flight Lieutenant Si Stevens and his Navigator, Flight Lieutenant Dave Chadderton from 56(R) Squadron Display Crew they enthralled the invited audience with a polished air display that showed the versatility of the RAF's air-defence fighter. After landing the Tornado F3 aircrew made themselves available for photo opportunities and answered questions from an enthusiastic audience.
Group Captain Andy Ebdon, from the Tornado IPT, talked to invited representatives of the Press and explained the vital role that the IPT made in support of the Tornado aircraft in its operational role both at home and abroad.
Squadron Leader's Ian Dyer, and Richard Barrow, who organised today's event, said that they were pleased the day had gone so well. Squadron Leader Ian Dyer added, "Simply by looking at people's faces I could see they were enjoying the whole experience."