Wattisham Flying Station held its annual Families Day in 2023 on the 24th August.
This is an opportunity for the friends and families of the staff to get an up-close look at the work of the station and the various units and sections that come together to provide the firepower needed at the sharp end.
We were fortunate enough to be given access to what is non-public event, and the following photo report gives an idea of what it was like to be on-base for the day.
Following a very wet summer morning in Suffolk, the sun came out just as the gates opened to welcome in all the friends and families.
There had been a steady arrival of light aircraft and helicopters during the morning, and these were parked out on the main apron for visitors to wander round and chat with the crews.
Three aircraft from the Museum had also been towed across from the Northern HAS site, and were proudly displayed in the centre of the static area.
A number of helicopters were also positioned in the static areas, and the lack of crowd barriers and/or cones around the aircraft was a very notable and welcome feature.
Adjacent to the static area was the live flightline, where the flying display aircraft operated from, very close to the public areas.
Flying only items included the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, and these displays were very much appreciated by the attending crowds.
Overall, it was great to be able to get so close to a large variety of aircraft in a very low-key and relaxed atmosphere, and also being on the “sunny” side for a change.
A photo gallery of the day is below.