Royal Navy, December 19, 2011 - The home of the Lynx helicopter was turned into a glitzy nightclub as 700 Fleet Air Arm personnel and their families celebrated 40 years of the fabled aircraft. Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton – home to four Lynx squadrons – converted 13 Hangar for a Christmas hangar party to mark the deeds of the Lynx community past and present.
Elvis and Freddie Mercury on the same bill.
And we bet you didn’t know it, but they’re mega Lynx fans – as evidenced my quite a party at the home of the legendary little helicopter.
2011 has been the 40th anniversary year of the Lynx’s first flight – an occasion celebrated in the summer at Yeovilton Air Day.
Six months on and with the anniversary year almost done, 700 Lynx air and ground crew past and present, plus families, crammed in 13 Hangar at the Somerset air station for a memorable party to see out 2011.
The hangar is typically home of front-line Mk8 Lynx of 815 Naval Air Squadron, which provides helicopters for the global mission of RN frigates and destroyers.
It was transformed into a glitzy nightclub complete with stage, bars and a large glitter ball (for younger readers, they were very popular in the 70s…).
Entertainment was provided by Queen tribute band The Bohemians, plus local Yeovil rockers Storm, and as for refreshments, well local brewery Yeovil Ales provided the Wildcat ale for the occasion (the Wildcat will replace the Lynx in a couple of years).
In sum, a fun time was had by all – so much fun that Yeovilton CO Cdre Paul Chivers is looking to hold a similar event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict next year.
Lt Cdr Polly Hatchard, 815’s air engineer officer, said:
“This was an awesome event – a great opportunity to celebrate the role played by the Lynx and the people who operate them in the success of the Fleet Air Arm."
The event was funded in part by welfare funds of the Lynx squadrons (700, 702, 815 and 847, all based at Yeovilton) plus long-standing RN benefactor Sir Donald Gosling, Serco, Vector Aerospace, Selex Galileo and CAE.