a decision by the Prime Minister to repaint the RAF Aircraft used for the Royal family with a Union Jack theme, has been warmly welcomed by Southport Councillor, Sir Ron Watson.
And Sir Ron thinks it would be a real coup if Sefton Council could persuade the powers-that-be to bring it to next year’s Southport Airshow.
It was announced on June 18 that the RAF VIP plane is to have its grey livery repainted red white and blue in a makeover estimated to cost £900,000 of taxpayers’ money.
Dukes Ward Councillor Watson said that the current aircraft used by Her Majesty the Queen, members of the Royal Family and the Prime Minister, is ‘painted in nondescript grey, so the new look for the plane will certainly make it stand out as a representative of our country and is bound to prove both noteworthy and a symbol of the UK.’
He said: “I would like to think that it would be possible to have it used in a flypast for our Southport Air Show and I think it would be a significant additional attraction to what is already a successful event in normal times.
“The aircraft however is not always used on what could be described as a ‘day by day’ basis and if it could be sited for a few days each year at Woodvale and made available to the public this would provide us with a unique attraction in our area. The plane itself would need to be fitted out in the internal configuration that applies when it is used by the Royal Family and the Government but I am sure most people would be happy to pay an admission fee and incorporated in such a fee should be a contribution to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
“I doubt whether such a scheme has been on the radar for those responsible for its deployment but I hope that the relevant authorities in both Sefton Council and the RAF will explore the idea and hope that it might prove to be practical for 2021.
“I know that we can’t expect this initiative to be in the same league as the US Air Force One which must be the most distinctive aircraft flying but we can make an impact around the world which is going to be of increasing importance as we seek to develop wider trading arrangements.”