British astronaut Tim Peake was the guest of honour at a recent event at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
Tim, a former Army Air Corps pilot, was returning to the site of his training, which took place at Middle Wallop. Attendees from far and wide flocked to the museum to enjoy a three-course meal and hear Tim’s space-related anecdotes.
During his talk he regaled the audience with a fascinating insight into day to day life while orbiting the earth at over 17,000 mph and the problems surrounding simple tasks at zero gravity such as sleeping and eating. He also took time to chat to guests, many of whom had been his AAC colleagues, and sign copies of his book.
Chris Munns, the attraction’s chief executive officer, said: “This was a great evening much enjoyed by all. Tim was an excellent speaker and his account of his 6 months in the International Space Station were fascinating. Over 220 joined us for a splendid dinner and memorable evening.”
The Museum of Army Flying is the Regimental Museum of the Army Air Corps (AAC), and is the only museum that tells the unique and powerful story of British Army flying. Built in the 1980s, it has since been considerably expanded and now contains over 40 aircraft, plus numerous smaller artefacts. It’s also about to undergo a major revamp following some funding success – see the current FlyPast for more on that.