Father and son co-pilot flight at Families Day

A former Royal Navy pilot has returned to RNAS Culdrose to fly an Avenger aircraft with his son.

Bruce McDonald, 91, first flew an Avenger aircraft in World War Two when it was used as a carrier-launched torpedo bomber. Seventy-two years later he has joined his son Roger, a pilot with 750 Naval Air Squadron, to take a flight on the latest King Air 350ER twin-turboprop Avenger at a Families Day on the base.

Bruce said: “My Avenger was a lot more straightforward to fly back in World War Two. There was a lot less gadgets and dials to look at and we flew a lot in formations as a squadron or as a much bigger wing on occasions.”

Roger has a long and distinguished career flying helicopters at RNAS Yeovilton. The Families Day flight allowed the pair to take in some of the sights along the Cornish coast.

Bruce added: “It was very, very pleasant today we flew above, below and through the cloud which is always pretty spectacular.”

Toby Hines

Toby Hines founded the Helston Advertiser in 2000 and is a passionate supporter of local businesses. He is a big believer in health and wellness and likes to begin most days with a walk around Helston with his Golden Retriever or an hour in the gym. A father of three, he is happiest when spending quality time with the family.

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