On Thursday 22nd March twenty three members of the U3A enjoyed an interesting and informative visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. The party travelled by coach, leaving the station car park at 9.30am, arriving at the museum soon after 10.30am. After a time for refreshment the party was divided into three groups, each of which was given a conducted tour of the museum, lasting about 90 minutes. During the tour members were told about the proud history of the Fleet Air Arm and introduced to the wide range of exhibits spread across 4 halls that trace the development of flight and naval flying from its earliest beginnings up until the present day. In addition there were exhibits as to the role the Fleet Air Arm has played in a number of conflicts of the last hundred plus years as well as the role the service has played in search and rescue on both land and sea.
Overall this was a very successful trip much enjoyed by the 23 members who were able to travel.
On a cautionary note, trips like this can only continue if there is sufficient interest and support from members. Hiring a coach is not cheap and we really need at least 30 people in order to make the whole trip affordable.
There are future trips planned to Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island on Thursday 19th July and a cruise on The Waverley (the last ocean going paddle steamer) from Clevedon on Tuesday 4th September.
More details including costs will be available shortly. We do hope these will be of interest to all our members and that you will be able to join us on what we expect to be memorable days out.