With Capel-le-Ferne well known for having a ‘micro-climate’ that can sometimes spoil the day, we were privileged to witness a flypast by four Tucano aircraft from No 72(R) Squadron on Tuesday during their ‘Grand Flypast’ to commemorate the squadron’s centenary.
With the third and fourth legs of the tour sadly called off later in the day because of bad weather, a small crowd of enthusiasts at the Memorial made the most of the opportunity to enjoy the sight.
The nationwide route had been designed to take in all except two of the squadron’s previous bases, together with locations linked to the squadron’s surviving WW2 veterans.
The formation included a specially painted Tucano designed to recognise No 72 Squadron’s unique position as the only remaining active squadron in the Royal Air Force to have flown Spitfires during the Battle of Britain.
The squadron was formed on 2 July 1917 and is currently based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, where it is part of the training system that delivers pilots ready for further specific training in the RAF.