The Attack Helicopter Force celebrate AAC and REME anniversaries at a Station Families DayAircraft of all shapes and sizes converged on Wattisham Airfield, home of the Attack Helicopter Force, to celebrate 135 years of history.
Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache attack helicopter joined with their families and contractors on 24 August 2017 for a Station-wide Families Day to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Army Air Corps and the 75th anniversary of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
The day was a bonanza of aviation and non-aviation events, with entertainment suitable for all ages, food and refreshments. The day included an afternoon families event, which progressed to an evening party with live music.
Alongside displays by the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic team and Falcons parachute display team, the highlight was an explosive demonstration by the Attack Helicopter Display Team (AHDT). It showcased the agility and speed of the Apache, with pyrotechnic explosions simulating its gunfire and rockets and real time radio transmission between the pilot and simulated ground forces.
Col Chris Bisset, the AHF Commander said: “This has been a great occasion that has brought the entire Wattisham community – soldiers, their families and civilian contractors – together to celebrate significant milestones for the Army Air Corps and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. “It’s great to see the effort units have put in to make this such a splendid event. It’s vitally important that we look after our soldiers’ families, because they are the foundation from which we build our operational effectiveness.”
Corporal Shaun Cole, a medic from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, brought his wife Samantha and daughter Evelyn, one, to the event.
Mrs Cole said: “It’s been interesting and enjoyable to come in to the airfield to see a bit more of what Shaun does at work, and there have been some fantastic displays. The Red Arrows were fantastic, but there’s nothing quite like the Apache!”