Pupils and staff were thrilled when an old boy of the School, Flight Lieutenant Jonathan Owen, an RAF pilot trainer, landed his helicopter on the School’s playing fields.
The visit was witnessed with much excitement by children in Pre-Prep and Prep. Mr Owen was a pupil at the School, leaving in 1993 with a scholarship to Framlingham College. Head of History, Mr Newton, remembers Mr Owen as a “bright boy who was very good at history”. Mr Owen explained to the pupils that Maths and Science are crucial subjects for a helicopter pilot and encouraged them to work hard at school.
The children asked lots of interesting questions about the helicopter and being a pilot. “How does a helicopter get into the air?” (the rotor blades are wings and create lift). “How much did the helicopter cost?” (£3 million). He showed his eager audience the jet engine, his helmet with microphone, vest and logbook.
Mr Owen really engaged the children and was very happy to answer lots of questions. He was later joined by his family who live locally.
The visit was featured in RAF Shawbury Magazine Aries on page 30. View here: https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafshawbury/rafcms/mediafiles/97C03154_DCFB_F3DF_9E6F6E96B6CFAF08.pdf