Personnel from Leuchars Diversion Airfield assisted the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in its program of air shows and flypasts on their recent visit to Scotland.
The airfield, still operated by RAF personnel, provided refuelling via Babcock contractors, maintenance and hangars for the historic aircraft as they delighted crowds in Perth, Montrose, Peterhead and the RAF Lossiemouth Families and Friends Day.
Whilst the aircraft were at Leuchars, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Chaganis of Air Traffic control arranged
“show and tell” visits for RAF, Army, Civilian staff as well as Police Scotland and veterans associations, underlining the co-operative nature of the now Army Barracks.
Station Flight Safety Officer, Flight Lieutenant Keith Miller, who led the tours said:
“It has been an absolute pleasure to host the Battle of Britain Memorial aircraft. Being able to show them off
to our Army colleagues, as well as our civilian counterparts has been a real highlight.”
Flight Lieutenant Keith Miller
Helping with the visits were Officer Cadets from both the East of Scotland University Air Squadron and
Tayforth University Officer Training Corps. Bringing the RAF and Army’s Officer Cadet units together was
particularly poignant for Flight Lieutenant Paul Cunningham, Flying instructor of the East of Scotland
University Air Squadron. He said:
“The Spitfire and Hurricane always evoke images of WW2, a time when the RAF and Army worked closely
together to defend the UK and our allies. It’s great to see that cooperation alive and well here today at
Flight Lieutenant Paul Cunningham
Leuchars Station passed from the RAF to the British Army in 2015 and is home to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) and the Royal Military Police. The RAF continues to operate a fully operational airfield 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year from within Leuchars Station. A diverse workforce of circa 40 full-time RAF personnel and Civil Servants from Air Traffic Controllers, Air and
Space Operations Specialists, Engineers and Mechanical Transport Drivers.