On Wednesday, the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ CCF were visited by Captain Monnington and his crew to fly in a Lynx helicopter. The Lynx is used by the Army Air Corps (AAC) and currently holds the helicopter world speed record. Captain Monnington spoke to us about his experience in the AAC, the infantry and his tours in Afghanistan.
After a quick safety brief, we put on our heavy head gear, rolled down our visors and headed onto the helicopter for a ride over Monmouth. Captain Monnington explained the flight pattern to us through our headsets during the flight and demonstrated the Lynx’s impressive maneuvers. The experience was unlike any other flying experience we'd had - we were surprised by sharp turns and dips at a terrifying speed, which left us clinging onto our seats with excitement!
The view was spectacular and within seconds we were soaring over The Kymin and then over the school grounds. The flight was enjoyed by all and we can't wait to fly our own helicopters one day. We are definitely in favour of replacing those long bus journeys with a much more thrilling ride in a Lynx to school in the mornings!