Bronco car­ries pop­pies from Flan­ders

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The Bronco Demo Team’s OV-10 will take pop­pies from Flan­ders fields to venues and air­shows all over Europe this year in re­mem­brance of the sac­ri­fice by so many 100 years ago dur­ing WWI. The team is based at Kor­trijk-wevel­gem Air­port sit­u­ated just 12nm east of Ypres. The air­field was first used dur­ing WWI by Ger­man fighter squadrons, and later dur­ing the Al­lied ad­vance by the Royal Fly­ing Corps and the RAF. The Bronco Demo Team has adorned its OV-10 Bronco in a spec­tac­u­lar poppy liv­ery and ‘Lest we for­get 1914-18’ graph­ics. In mid-fe­bru­ary the team’s Bronco G-ONAA made a Flan­ders Fields Me­mo­rial Tour fly­ing over the WWI bat­tle­fields around Ypres and seven­teen memo­ri­als and ceme­ter­ies that re­main as silent wit­nesses to the atroc­i­ties in­flicted a cen­tury ago. On its vis­its to airfields around Europe this sum­mer the Bronco will be car­ry­ing spe­cial pack­ets of poppy seeds that will be of­fered for sale at the shows, with each bag in­di­vid­u­ally marked with the flight date and show name. Part of the pro­ceeds will be do­nated to char­ity. www.bron­code­moteam.com

‘Lest we for­get 1914-18’ across the wings and tail of the Bronco Demo Team’s OV-10 PHOTO: ANS BRANTS

The OV-10 on its Flan­ders Fields Me­mo­rial Tour over the WWI bat­tle­fields PHOTO: WIM HOUQUET

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