LAST Friday RAF Gibraltar held a Families Open Day to celebrate the Royal Air Force’s 100 year anniversary and to provide those attending with a final chance to see the RAF100 Baton before it left Gibraltar.
The event was very well attended and provided families with an opportunity to get a wider understanding of the different elements of British Forces Gibraltar, with exhibits from the RG Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, GDP Dog Section and the Clearance Diving Element as well as Joint Physical Development Unit, Joint Provost and Security Unit and the Gibraltar Defence Police. The RAF Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) team ran a series of events throughout the day and included a competition to fly a model aircraft as far as possible. SSAFA, the Airfield Fire and Rescue Service and BFBS also supported the event.
However, the star attraction for many had to be the A400M Atlas aircraft from 70 Sqn and crew from 24 Sqn. The aircraft, which had arrived at the airfield on Thursday evening, was open to those attending the event and even included a visit to the cockpit!
The event also marked the departure of the RAF100 Baton from Gibraltar. British Forces Gibraltar personnel, cadets and families formed a human chain to pass the baton back to the aircraft. The baton will now travel to Romania where it will visit an RAF detachment supporting NATO.
All images courtesy of the Ministry of Defence