VISNEWS cameraman BOB TURNER returned to R.A.F. Station Wattisham Dec 10 to thank and be?
VISNEWS cameraman BOB TURNER returned to R.A.F. Station Wattisham Dec 10 to thank and be congratulated by members of the would famous "Black Arrow" aerobatic team. Bob's film of their breathtaking display won for him first prize in the Feature section of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Awards for British Television Newsfilm.
The last time Bob visited Wattisham - Mar 26 this year - the sun was shining, but now as he stood before one of the team's 'Hunter' aircraft to receive congratulations from Squadron Leader Peter Latham and other members of the team, it was raining heavily. This, however, did not subdue the occasion.
On his earlier visit, Bob followed the Squadron through every intricate, high speed manoeuvre, filming them from a reserve "Black Arrow". Then it was the Squadron's turn to be honoured. The Duke of Edinburgh presented them the Britannia Challenge Trophy for 1959 -awarded by the Royal Aero Club for the year's most outstanding achievement in aviation. This was the first time the award had gone to an R.A.F. Squadron.
The "Black Arrows" - No. 111 Squadron - are an operational Squadron and have now been replaced by No.92 Squadron as the Royal Air Force's premier aerobatic team.