Apache gunship lands in Stevenage to help pupils mark their remembrance week
PUBLISHED: 15:37 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 09 November 2017
It’s not every day the dark shadow of an Apache helicopter gunship looms over Stevenage. But that’s exactly what happened at Peartree Spring Primary School today.
Peartree Spring Apache landing
The gunship flew over the school before touching down.
The Apache helicopter is used in military conflicts around the world. Picture: Peartree Spring
The pupils were amazed to see the helicopter land. Picture: Peartree Spring
Pupils line up next to the Apache helicopter in the school field.
Pupils speaking to the soldiers on the school field. Picture: Peartree Spring
Pilots and ground crew answered pupils' questions.
The crew with their Apache helicopter
The crew with their Apache gunship. Picture: Peartree Spring
The crew visited to the mark the school's Remembrance Week in advance of armistice day on saturday. Picture: Peartree Spring
Staff said the Apache crew members were charming. Picture: Peartree Spring
Members of the public gathered at the bottom of the school field to watch the helicopter take off. Picture: Peartree Spring.
The Apache landed on the school field.
The gunship coming in to land. Picture: Peartree Spring
Many parents and passers by were amazed to see the helicopter land: Picture: Peartree Spring
Pupils were amazed to watch the British Army aircraft fly low over the school before putting down in the playing fields and parents and passers by were equally awestruck.
Reception year leader Miss Aulsberry arranged for the pilots and ground crew of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps to fly in their fighting machine from Wattisham Airfield near Ipswich as part of the school’s Remembrance Week which it holds in the run up to armistice day on Saturday.
Deputy head Pauline Foley said: “We kept it as a complete surprise for the children so you can imagine their excitement as the helicopter appeared over our top field.
“The pilots and ground crew answered the children’s questions ranging from ‘How much did the helicopter weigh?’ to ‘Why is it called a ‘she’?
“The children have described the morning as ‘amazing’ and the ‘best day ever’.