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RAAF in the UK 2020 Tour that Never Was


In 2020 those pilgrimages Australians take to honour their ancestors who fought in wars overseas have been cancelled.

I do hope that you have been well and able to stay safe in these uncertain times.

As the Pandemic forced us to hunker down and not venture out, many Museums etc around the world had closed their doors due to the necessary restrictions to combat the spread of the virus.

Due to those closures, I cancelled all my tours for 2020 which meant that for the first time since my inaugural Bomber Command and the RAAF in the UK Tour 1939-1945 in 2009, the tour could not proceed. As well as all the Aircraft Museums closing, the Air Shows all followed and from discussions with contacts over there, it seems expectations are that a clearance may be given after September but depending on the COVID19 status.

In past years we have attended both the Flying Legends Air show at Duxford and the Royal Naval Air Service Air show at Yeovilton. There were years when we were not able to attend the RNAS Air show due to the show being conducted on the same weekend as the Duxford Flying Legends show. On those occasions we would visit the excellent RNAS Museum at Yeovilton with its extensive display that includes a mock up aircraft carrier flight deck.

I have therefore been at Yeovilton each and every year since 2009 for the Air show or to attend the Museum and as such am well known by the Administrative Staff at the Museum.

There is now an opportunity for us in this year of uncertainty, at least, to enjoy a virtual Air show that has been put together for us to enjoy. The extract shows the Red Arrows display in 2017.


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