Welcome return of ‘Lewis and Harris Fighter’

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A welcome return greeted the Lewis of the ‘Lewis & Harris Fighter’ plane the modern-day RAF aircraft, named after the wartime Spifire purchased by the people of Lewis and Harris in 1940.

The aircraft is a Tucano training plane stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire and was first named and visited Stornoway in 2005.

This return visit, in the company of a sister aircraft, ‘City of Leeds’, was organised primarily to show the aircraft to the Air Cadets of the local 1731(Isle of Lewis) Squadron.

The aircraft landed at Stornoway Airport on Tuesday afternoon, after their flight up from Linton via RAF Lossiemouth. The cadets, together with members of Stornoway RAF Association (RAFA), were shown

over the aircraft, with the opportunity for all who wished to sit in the cockpits and be shown the controls by the aircrew.

During the viewing, a pre-arranged low-level flypast, by a Tornado aircraft from Lossiemouth took place, adding to the atmosphere.

Following the viewing at the airport, the cadets and RAFA members went back to the Air Cadets HQ on Church Street, Stornoway where the aircrew gave a briefing on how fast jet training is carried out in the

RAF.

A very exciting and interesting day was enjoyed by all involved in the visit thanks to the aircrew Rich Keeling, Dave Blakemore, Rob Manisty and Paul McVay, most of whom have served on active service

in Afghanistan with the RAF.

This is just one of the exciting opportunities open to members of the Air Cadets. If you are interested in learning more about the Air Cadets, contact 1731 Squadron on 01851 702095 between 6-30pm and 9-00pm any Monday or Thursday outwith school holiday times.