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Grateley students enjoy a flying visit with a difference

Students at Grateley House School got a surprise visit on 22 July, when Major Terry P. Campbell landed his Apache helicopter on the school playing fields. Flying in from Middle Wallop Airfield and co-organised by his wife Helena Campbell, a teaching assistant at Grateley, he flew in for a surprise visit and allowed students to get up close to the cockpit of one of the most advanced helicopters in the world. He then kindly spared the time to answer questions on what it is like to fly such an amazing machine.

Andrea had asked her husband back in April if it was possible for him to land the helicopter at Grateley. “I thought that the students would love the chance to see the Apache up close as they often fly over the school,” she said. “Terry agreed to come out to the school to inspect the parkland and surrounding areas so that he could visualise the landing spot. This was to ensure that it had plenty of clearance and to see if it was viable for the parkland to safely hold the weight of the helicopter.”

Andrea needed to then get special permission from local residents, police and farmers. “As you can appreciate this took a lot of organisation due to health and safety and even more so as he was landing at a school with a lot of very excited students and staff,” she said. “This was then all fed back with a report to The Army Air Corps. I can’t thank them enough for granting us special permission to do this, the students loved it.”

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