British Military Tournament
I was invited to go to London to see the British Military Tournament at Earls Court.
First we had to get there so it was onto the Underground.
Using the Underground involved riding on an escalator to get to Charring Cross Underground Station and I needed to use my Oyster Card to get onto the tube train.
The train was quite crowded so I could not get many photographs but I did manage to look at the map to check where we were going.
The reason for my trip to London was to go to the Military Tournament at Earls Court Exhibition Hall. So much to see and do that I can only tell you some of the things I saw and did obviously getting permission first.
I sat on the wing of an Apache helicopter………..
I tried to join the Red Arrows but they didn’t have a flying suit in my size so I tried the life raft instead.
I was introduced to the ‘Enigma’ machine from Bletchley Park http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/ and tried my skills at code breaking, clever me I solved the code and won a chocolate bar.
They let me try on a diving helmet and ride a remote controlled robot explosives detector and destroyer even though I fell off. I then sat on the Blood Hound SSC which is a jet car which has been designed to beat the land speed record.
Soldiers in uniform were everywhere but a smartly dressed one held me for a snap shot.
Into the hall to find our seats in time for the show to start.
We stood for the National Anthem then the show began with the Royal Marines Band, Tanks, Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery with 6 guns each pulled by 6 horses and ending their show with very loud bangs as they fired the guns, luckily they were blanks.
The White Helmets display team balancing on motor bikes. The gun race with the boys and girls from Wellington College and we all shouted for our team. I shouted for team Terrible.
All too soon the show was over and time to go home.