Between the 18th and 20th March, six RAF personnel from AirTanker Services and three engineers from Virgin Atlantic will be trekking 75 miles across the Thames Valley from Heathrow to the AirTanker Hub at RAF Brize Norton in aid of Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Baby Snow Fairy Fund.
They are aiming to raise significant funds for their chosen charities supporting military personnel and neo-natal intensive care units.
The route has been chosen due to their connection with both of the military and civilian centres of aviation. Five of the RAF personnel are engineers, who have been posted to work on the Voyager service for AirTanker. Their tour lasts for five years, two of which are spent completing their civilian licences to enable them to work on both the military and civilian registered aircraft, and three are spent working on and flying with Voyager alongside our Sponsored Reservist and civilian engineers.
This group of engineers is currently completing the training stage, of which the last ten months have been on-the-job training in industry, in this case, with Virgin Atlantic at Heathrow Airport. To symbolise their imminent return to the AirTanker Hub to work on Voyager, the engineers will be walking along the Thames path from Heathrow Airport to the AirTanker Hub at with their colleagues from Virgin Atlantic.
To support the group and wish the civilian military partnership the best of luck in their challenge, please visits their Virgin Money Giving page.