Tuesday, 19 April, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This event is now fully booked. However, such its the popularity that we are organising a second visit – hopefully in mid-September. If you would like to join a Wait List and hence get priority booking for this follow up event, please complete the Booking form and return it WITHOUT a cheque. Please mark the envelope “Redhill – Waitlist”
Redhill aerodrome was first established in 1933. It became a fighter base with Spitfires stationed there during the war and was home to Canadian and Polish squadrons. Post-war, it has had a fascinating history and is still a thriving establishment. Our visit will be based in The Pilot’s Hub, a 1930’s aviation-themed brasserie based in Hangar 9 at Redhill Aerodrome – which, incidentally, was the first building on the site.
Coffee will be served on arrival, followed by a presentation about the history and work of The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. We will then have a guided tour of the Air Ambulance station and be shown a short film.
Returning to the Pilots Hub, we will hear a talk on the History of the Airfield before enjoying a lunch of sandwiches, cake and tea/coffee. [You will be asked to make your sandwich selection from their excellent menu. This will be done on arrival so that the food can be prepared ready for you at lunchtime].
For those who do not have to rush off after lunch we have arranged for groups of 5 to have a brief visit to the control tower (subject to operational constraints). Those waiting to participate in this will be free to wander round the hangar attached to the Pilots Hub or to take their leisure watching the activities of the airfield – from the airside terrace if the weather is good.
The dress code for the day is casual but since we will be venturing outside, please bring hats / coats to deal with the weather on the day.
Parts of the event may be unsuitable for those with mobility issues (please contact us in advance to discuss). For safety reasons, dogs are not allowed (except for guide dogs).
The Surrey Hills Society member’s ticket price for this event is £26 which includes a substantial donation to The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance plus all catering and other costs. The non-members price is £28. Please note that since this is an operational airfield, the programme and timings are subject to change.
Booking is essential. For logistical reasons, this event is limited to 30 people. If you would like to join us, please complete and return the attached booking form to arrive at Warren Farm Barns before Tuesday 12th April 2016.
For further details and enquiries, contact us at [email protected] or on mobile 07530 949302.