Royal Naval Air Service, Yeovilton

Posted on: 09/11/2015

"On Monday the 19th of October we went on a school trip to Yeovilton to visit the Royal Navy Air Service base in Yeovilton. When we arrived, we were greeted by very friendly men who gave us strict instructions of what we should and shouldn't do for our own safety. The base is where they keep, make and repair machines such as: helicopters (Wildcat and the Lynx), missiles, and machine guns. Everything looked so much bigger than I imagined. There were aircraft all over the base; it was a really special sight that made me appreciate what these people do there.

We were given a tour of some of the main hangers and the workshops: military and civilian. We got the opportunity to talk to different types of people around the base such as: engineers who worked on both the Lynx and Wildcat Helicopters, pilots, officers, the Commanding Lieutenant and engineers who worked in the military and civilian workshops.  We also spoke to two engineers: one specialised in mechanics and the other specialised in electronics. They told us what their role was on the helicopters.

The Lynx air pilot informed us about what he does in his job and how good it is, he then introduced us to the Lynx helicopters he works with; explaining to us what's inside the helicopter and what every piece of equipment does. He even let us sit in the aircraft. When I sat in one of the helicopters, there were so many buttons and switches, it made me appreciate how much work these pilots need to do to understand each button and switch. 

My favourite part of the day was seeing the big guns in their armoury that they attached to the helicopters and also seeing the torpedoes that the helicopters carry. 

The experience has changed my views about engineers and people who fly these machines and has inspired me to broaden my horizons and to take an interest in becoming an engineer. It has shown a wider array of jobs in the Navy and in engineering in general. I hope other kids taking engineering are able to come here in the future because the experience really opened up my eyes.

- Dennis Bone & Luke Bromhead, Witney Grieg-Wills, Charlie Josey, Year 10 


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