Lyneham Flying Club flying the ‘RAF100 Baton Relay’ from Cotswold Airport – one of 100 sites across the UK associated with the RAF where the Baton will pass through marking 100 years of RAF service
Lyneham Flying Club was established in 2003 at RAF Lyneham and is a member of the ‘Royal Air Force Flying Clubs Association’. It is well-established club with over 100 members and is now based at Cotswold Airport (formerly RAF Kemble).
Cotswold Airport is a former RAF base, founded in 1938, and was the first home of the Red Arrows from 1966 to 1983. It is now Europe’s largest privately-owned GA airport.
One of the many events happening throughout 2018 to mark the centenary of the RAF under the RAF100 campaign will be the ‘RAF100Baton Relay’, which will see a specially designed baton visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days. The relay will begin its journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 April 2018 and will end 100 days later on 10 July on Horse Guards Parade.
The RAF100 Baton Relay will be arriving at Cotswold Airport from MOD Corsham as part of the route at 10am on 1st May. Lyneham Flying Club will then launch a 4-aircraft formation to deliver the Baton to MOD St Athan in Glamorgan. The formation will overfly significant local landmarks en-route.
A 5th aircraft will accompany the formation with up to 2 seats available for press aerial photography.
The RAF100 Baton has been constructed using brass, wood, aluminum, steel and carbon aerofoil wing cross-sections, symbolising aircraft construction through the ages. The design by aircraftsmen Jack Richardson, Luke Marston, Wame Qalobulawasikabara and Tristan Gower also features LED rings of red, white and blue which will illuminate the baton symbolising the RAF roundel. It will also include the RAF badge and RAF100 logo.