Take-off with the RAF

PUBLISHED: 12:54 08 December 2006 | UPDATED: 19:53 01 June 2010

The Walpole Highway Primary School party at RAF Marham, and right, on one of the fire engines at the base - Pic: David Turnball

The Walpole Highway Primary School party at RAF Marham, and right, on one of the fire engines at the base - Pic: David Turnball

TWENTY-six children and five adults from Walpole Highway Primary School visited RAF Marham, resulting in at least one of the youngsters wanting to join the RAF. The visitors started their tour at the station s fire section and the youngsters were able to

TWENTY-six children and five adults from Walpole Highway Primary School visited RAF Marham, resulting in at least one of the youngsters wanting to join the RAF.

The visitors started their tour at the station's fire section and the youngsters were able to clamber over the fire trucks and operate the mobile water cannon.

They took turns in 'trying' to soak their classmates and on two occasions managed it.

The next 'port of call' was the engine bay, where the visitors were able to view at close quarters the RRIII engine which powers the Tornado bomber.

Despite the low cloud-base,

Tornados were still flying and the children were able to witness several landings and take-offs.

Afterwards pupil Jimmy Barnard, 10, said: "The best part of the visit to RAF Marham was seeing a Tornado take-off, I also enjoyed visiting the fire section and playing with the water cannon and soaking my school mates."

Another 10-year-old puipil, Nathan Thurlow, said: "I want to join the RAF as an engineer and seeing the jet engine was brilliant.

"Also, seeing the airplanes taking off was exquisite.


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