During our Life Skills and Choices Day at the end of March, 14 year 8 students won a competition to design a carbon neutral air base as part of a careers and STEM activity delivered by the STEM education team at RAF Coningsby.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which included the Hurricane, Spitfire and the Lancaster Bomber.  Students were lucky enough to be able to stand beneath the open bomb doors of the Lancaster and also climb the steps to have a look at the interior of the aircraft.  We also visited the pilot safety equipment workshop where we were able to see and try on the safety equipment worn by pilots.  After lunch students were given a tour of the typhoon hangar where we were given a detailed tour of a Typhoon and the opportunity to look inside the cockpit.  To finish the day, we all wore our ear defenders and were able to stand on the flight line to watch 7 Typhoons taxi and take off at close quarters. Even with the ear defenders it was extremely loud!

It was a unique and amazing day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  We would all like to thank Squadron Leader Lyons and his team at RAF Coningsby for organising the day, their hospitality and for making this a trip we will never forget!