Planes to land in Christchurch Park

By Tracey SparlingCHRISTCHURCH Park in Ipswich isto witness an invasion of aircraft this week, including the very latest Typhoon Euro fighter and a Hawk.

By Tracey Sparling

By Tracey Sparling

CHRISTCHURCH Park in Ipswich isto witness an invasion of aircraft this week, including the very latest Typhoon Euro fighter and a Hawk.

Both the planes are copies of the RAF's real fighting and training machines, and are virtually full size. They will be brought in by low loader lorries tomorrow as the star attractions of an Royal Air Force careers event.

Corporal Adam Ellis from the RAF careers office based in Norwich, said the planes which are being brought from Nottingham usually prove popular with the public.

He said: “The Typhoon has just come into RAF service during the last couple of years, and ours measures 10m by 13m so is virtually full size. The Hawk is like the Red Arrows although I'm not sure that this one will be painted red.”

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His team recruit from across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire and run an office in Ipswich. On Friday and Saturday they will be in the park offering advice on careers to people of all ages, and have first hand experience of what life is really like.

There will be various demonstrations including one by physical training instructors, and another by the Royal Air Force police dog section.

Members of the Non Commissioned Aircrew Liaison Team will be able to offer advice on the jobs available, while personnel from 2623 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force will provide a field and weaponry display, to help advise those who would prefer to look at a part time military career before deciding on whether or not full time service is for them.

Air cadets also will be at the event to give information to everybody who is too young to join the RAF but is interested in a future career. The event runs from 10am to 5pm on both days.

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