Our Association Historian, Steve Brew, was lucky enough to take to the skies in a Typhoon with OC41. The story in his words:
I had one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life today, when OC 41 Sqn Wg Cdr 'Raz' Berry took me up for an hour in the back seat of RAF Coningsby based 3 Sqn's Typhoon ZK383.
The performance take-off was thoroughly frightening for the inexperienced, but after that it was amazing. We flew across the country, visited Dorrington, where we held the book launch last Saturday, flew up the western side of Shrewsbury, did a tight turn over Sleap Aerodrome, then flew back over Shrewsbury and headed east towards the wash.
We then undertook some roles and loops, watched other airborne aircraft and did a touch-and-go at RAF Coningsby before making a tight circuit and landing again at Coningsby in 30° heat.
It was hot, but the weather was perfect from the air and we could see clear across the UK. An enormous thanks to Raz, to Gp Capt Rich Davies of RAF Marham, to the SMOs of both Coningsby and Marham, and to my wonderful Jacqui, who put the wheels in motion and had a sneaky word to Raz and Rich without me knowing. It came as a complete surprise to me, and I was and am still gob-smacked.
What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is something I will never forget.
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