Buckie primary kids set some posing questions for RAF flyer

Squadron Leader Tait takes a class (pic Cpl Trish James)

A group of primary school children from Buckie enjoyed a history lesson with a difference recently when they were visited by a Tornado flying instructor from RAF Lossiemouth.

The primary 5-7 pupils at St Peter’s Primary School were provided an opportunity to try on equipment that is in use by modern fast jet pilots – and learned of how things were very different for airmen during the second world war.

The visit by Squadron Leader Dave Tait from the Tornado GR4 Operational Conversion Unit came about after he was invited to the school by trainee teacher Lauren Mair. Lauren asked if the Squadron Leader might talk to the children about the role of the RAF in the second world war – and in particular how a bombing mission in 1944 compared to contemporary Tornado strike operations today.

The 24 children aged between 9 and 11 had recently learned about Bristol Blenheim and Armstrong Whitley aircraft.

Squadron Leader Tait found that the children had plenty telling questions about the war and current Tornado operations. He said: “It was a delight to meet the children at St Peter’s Primkary.

“I was impressed with the children’s knowledge and they asked some really pertinent questions. The flying suite was particularly popular – the children were surprised at how heavy the kit used by the crews is.”

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