From The Clouds Above to Our Hearts, With Love.

Shortly after I married Him I was sitting amongst a group of fellow airforce wives, listening intently as they bandied about names such as ‘Chinook’ and ‘Tornado’
I was pretty sure we were discussing the Nando’s lunch menu.
We were not.
Which was a shame, because in my head I had already decided what sides I was going to order. Coleslaw and sweet potato wedges.
What they were talking about were the various forms of aircraft their husbands flew or instructed to fly.

I was partaking in a conversation that, as usual, I knew nothing about and in hindsight a list would have been helpful. Lists are always helpful.
Even as a civilian it would be nice to be able to look skyward and smugly point out the specifics of a Hawk. Or win a pub quiz. Or just feel humbled.

Here is that list:

CHINOOK

Chinook

My personal favourite. Look at that hulk of metal. I mean, I actually get butterflies. Is that odd? Am I attracted to a helicopter? Is this the wrong platform to be discussing this? Could this be a documentary?

Back up.

This beauty can be operated from land or ship. In the arctic, the jungle or the desert. Piloted by two and crewed by another two it is used for trooping (the transporting of cavalry, armoured vehicles or artillery) resupply and battleship casualty evacuation.
More recently in Afghanistan the Chinook became known for its emergency response role whereas the rear of the aircraft was used as an operating theatre. Yes, I know. How proud are you now?

I need to have a little lie down.

The Hawk

Red Arrows

Initially used as an advanced flying and weapons training aircraft these bad boys you know as being used for the RAF aerobatic team, The Red Arrows.
They fly fast and play hard.
You’ve seen them performing for our Royal Family to mark numerous special occasions and they are always showing off at an airshow somewhere around the country.
Powered by a Rolls Royce engine …. They, like their pilots, are pure class.

Typhoon

Typhoon

This is a combat aircraft, used in all areas of air operations including air policing, peace support and high intensity conflict.
You know when the Daily Mail spew enthusiastically that the Russians have intercepted our airspace and “OMG, Is. This. The. End?!”
These are the aircraft that politely show them the door. No fuss.

Tornado

Tornado

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Day or night, low level or poor weather, these pilots are ‘ard as nails.
The aircraft are capable of night vision and infra red and are carriers of weapons and missiles.
I’m actually feeling rather nervy just writing about them. Maybe I should stop. Am I even allowed to be mentioning them?!
*Breathe* Ugh, I’m so dramatic.
Piloted by sons, husbands, daddies and mates, for everything they’ve seen, experienced and protected us from, we are eternally grateful.

Sea King – Coast Guard

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First introduced in 1978, the Search and Rescue aircraft were operated from six locations in the U.K, with each location supporting two aircraft that were on call 24 hours a day.

We were very lucky to be here in Puddle*, which is one of their locations, to be summer long spectators before the magnificent aircraft were retired last month in favour of a privatised service (Boo!)
There isn’t a home video of Toddler without the whirring of the grand Sea King in the back ground. Its presence so significant that, to the delight of the pilots, “ellio-ha-copter,” was Toddlers first word and every day throughout the dreamy summer on our march down to the beach, through the village and the farm they would fly low enough on their way to training that Toddler and Dog could exchange excited woofs and waves with the crew.
My chest bursts with pride at having been able to be in those moments with them.

Quote of the Week is a salute to our beautiful heros:

To Stand Beside A Soldier,

And Walk Through His Pain

Will Humble a Civilian

To No Longer Complain

Until next time xoxo

*Puddle, not its real name.

 

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17 thoughts on “From The Clouds Above to Our Hearts, With Love.

  1. Massive respect to the service men and women with the incredible skill to pilot these aircraft in what I can imagine aren’t your average holiday-maker-skies. Love learning about them all in this post. The power they command simply astounds me and I’m not at all ashamed to say that I’m one of those gawping civilians who stops what they’re doing and stares whenever I see any military aircraft overhead #bestandworst

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    • Agreed, they deserve so much respect and recognition as do their beautiful aircraft. I, like you, am the civilian who gawps in awe. They render me speechless on occasion and I am so lucky to be able to give my thanks personally.
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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  2. Wow that is some heavy equipment – well done you, you really have an education on military terminology & equipment now. That’s a fabulous quote, it made me feel emotional reading it. We really don’t know what soldiers go through. Thanks so much for sharing with #candidcuddles, I hope you will join in again tomorrow x

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  3. The Chinook helecopters are a bit awesome. Every now and again I see some go over my house.
    A few weeks ago we spent an afternoon following one of the last flights of the Vulcan bomber, and waited patiently to see it. Alas, our local news was a bit wrong in its timings, so we never actually got to see it.
    The skill the pilots have to fly them is amazing, were very lucku to have them working to protect us. Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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  4. The closest I have come to any knowledge of military aircraft is being dragged against my will to an airshow this summer, and agreeing to watch a film (unbroken) by Mr G last week. I am ashamed to say that, as both events left me absolutely humbled to the power and magnificence of these aircrafts, and the bravery of the guys that fly them. I am in awe that you are married to one of those real life superheroes. Thanks for sharing a little piece of that magic with #coolmumclub

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  5. This is a fab post, I have been brought up with all things militaria as it’s one of my Dads big interests! I also have a few army friends so recognise all of these 🙂 We quite often see chinooks, apaches and sea king flying over us in Suffolk (we were living near Wattisham). Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst hope to see you again hun! x

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  6. Haha your hilarious, I heart Nando’s too! All I’m thinking about now is sweet potato wedges. ; )

    I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this post, thanks for sharing! My fav is Chinook mostly because the name sounds cool but also because, as you say, it can be operated by land AND ship! Oh schnap!

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  7. Not many people know of the sheer awesomeness of those birds! Gotta love seeing your pilot do his thing. Great post from one military wife (US Army, Apaches) to another!!

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  8. Those are some impressive planes/copters! I have a huge respect for all the military and I enjoyed learning a little more about it here. And the quote is perfect 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie

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