Not that anyone will ever forget those brave men who fought to protect our country and way of life…

The most poignant nose art I have ever come across is a modern piece rather than one executed during the war. I have discussed how nose art bought people together and made them feel united and no other example does this quite so powerfully with such a simple design. At this time of year more than any other we remember those who laid down their lives so that we can have the freedom to live ours. The poppy has for generations been the symbol of this Remembrance and will continue to be so for many generations to come.

For the important anniversary of the centenary of the start to the great war, one plain has been flying the flag of Remembrance in an extremely high-profile manner this year. The Tucano T.1 ZF244 , the RAF basic training aircraft has had a beautiful make over with this unique art work to honour the fallen men during World War 1.


The well executed ‘lest we forget’ epitaph and poppy design has been seen the length and breadth of the county as it has been doing the rounds of airshows and been a part of 60 displays at 40 different venues during the season, no doubt winning many admirers for the Tucano. The Royal Air Force Tucano Display team, having received their Public Display Authority earlier in the year, execute one of only 4 RAF solo acrobatic routines this year. It has to be one of the most gorgeous and admired aircrafts on the circuit and one which carries an extremely important message.

For 2014 the team are supporting three charities: The Royal British Legion (who gave them permission to use the poppy logo), The Royal Air Forces Association (who provide comradeship and support to the RAF family during and after military service) and The John Egging Trust (who help disadvantaged young people to achieve their full potential). Funds will also be given to a number of charities local to the base at RAF Linton-On-Ouse. Bob Gamble, The Royal British Legions Assistant Director of Membership and Armed Forces Engagement had this to say : “We are delighted that the Tucano Display Team has chosen the Royal British Legion as their beneficiary charity in this poignant year as we commemorate 100 years since the First World War. The unique poppy design will be seen by thousands of spectators across the country and will serve as a reminder to all that we should never forget the sacrifices our Armed Forces made, and continue to make, for our freedom”.

So wherever you will be for Remembrance day, be it watching a procession or spending the day surrounded by crafts at Duxford, ensure you spare a few minutes to remember those fallen men who have made your futures possible.