Teams from our Regional Prime Central contract and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation recently both played key roles in ensuring the first Royal Air Force Scampton Airshow ran smoothly.
The two day event, attracting over 50,000 people, was organised by the RAF Charitable Trust who, since 2015, have donated over £5m to a wide range of initiatives benefiting RAF personnel and cadets. One of the highlights of the day was seeing the Red Arrows performing their dramatic display at their homebase, RAF Scampton, this was their last display of the season, making the event even more special. The event hosted over 104 aircrafts, both static and flying and the historical home of the Dambusters provided an excellent venue for the amazing attractions. Some of these attractions included: military displays and exhibits, old military vehicles and fire engines, fairground rides, the Techno Zone promoting science and technology activities and the Heritage Centre.
There were challenges in the run up to the event but both ours and the DIO’s team worked collaboratively and rose to the challenge, delivering everything that was asked of them and more. As the event drew near, we needed to work together to provide specialist details of the infrastructure and condition of the aircraft operating surfaces. We also provided extensive service surveys and additional services such as extending our Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) engineers attendance at the event. Paul Heal, our Daubney AGL engineer was urgently requested to attend early on the first morning to reinstate power following a power cut, which would have stopped the entire show from going ahead.
In the last 18 months, in anticipation of the show, the feasibility of re-activating barrack blocks has been explored, along with modifying fence lines and advising on mounting equipment on station assets, delivering additional grounds maintenance and carrying out asbestos removal from hangar roofs.
Our Site Manager, Stuart Anthony, said; “It was surprising how much interest there was in the airshow and I was amazed how many colleagues turned out to be aircraft fanatics”
DIO Facilities Management, Russell Holland, told us that the best part of the airshow was “seeing the station buzzing and filled with people.”