Army HQ is sending down the chain of command to pilots and operators of 140 Squadron Photo Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) an urgent Intelligence Request for information and images of suspected missile launching pads, communications towers and foreign aircraft movements. On your introductory flight you will be tasked with collecting photo images of disused second world war and cold war airfields which might be taken over by the enemy.
Only operated from our RAF Wellesbourne base then PRU training base. Arrive and be met by your intelligence operative where you will be briefed in all good military briefing establishments (the NAAFI or cafe) situated under the control tower. You will be scrambled to your classic 1960 Cessna after your pre-flight briefing from the aircraft commander. Pre-flight briefing will consist of your safety brief and the planned operational route briefing, after a “cup of char dear chap” (that’s WWII for tea if you happen to be one of those fine flying chaps from across the pond!!).
Then it’s “scramble, scramble, scramble” to the aircraft for your sortie over the selected Blighty airfields. Depending on your departing routing, targeted airfields include:
Through the operation you may even catch sight of one or two of the famous “V” bombers used within the 3 minute warnings of nuclear attack. If your routing takes you into the sector then keep an eye on Blenheim Palace which at the start of WWII the main staff of the Secret Intelligence Service and MI5 where moved into.
The decommissioned airfields still have a variety, runaways, hangars, bunkers, communications masts, control tower and even cold war aircraft. All of which are of special interest to the foreign forces.
Once you return to base try to remap suspected spy plane bunkers with your newly acquired and vital image intelligence from your photo reconnaissance. A chat and cup of tea with a real-life intelligence and security operative and maybe a few Iraq war stories.
Depending on your day or base of operations you can finish your experience with access to the airfield museum (Sundays) or a look over the Cold War Vulcan Bomber (Saturdays).
A truly unique introductory flying experience and educational tour over some of the aircraft and sights that secretly made Britain great and an aviation force. We hope you will enjoy every minute of this aviation experience which has been put together by actual ex intelligence and security operatives.