Header image: A previous winner of the BBMF Experience Day prize, Neil Ashworth, and his guests chat with Spitfire pilot, Sqn Ldr Mark ‘Disco’ Discombe, after he had landed from a sortie in Spitfire IIa P7350. (All photos: Clive Rowley)
The RAF Memorial Flight Official Club's ballot prize for March is a fantastic, ‘money cannot buy it’, chance of a lifetime for Club members to win an Experience Day with the BBMF at RAF Coningsby.
The lucky winner will be able to bring up to three guests to RAF Coningsby on Saturday 24th June, one of the planned weekend flying days of the 2023 display season, which is also Armed Forces Day. Weather and aircraft availability permitting, the BBMF’s planned flying programme for that day is expected to be busy and should include flights by the Lancaster, Hurricanes and Spitfires. An exciting day is in prospect.
The prize winner and guests will be permitted escorted 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 Club’s publications editor.
The winner and their guests will be able to experience the activity during a typical BBMF flying day from behind the scenes, with the engineers preparing the aircraft, the aircrew planning and briefing, 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 Flight’s hangar. The winner is sure to have a very special day.
(Note that this prize is not transferable and is only available for 24th June 2023. 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 or renew your membership by Friday 31st March 2023 to be entered into the prize draw.
Please note that this prize does not include any travel and accommodation costs.