14 May '12, 8am

Naval fliers to get the Olympic flame going on its epic journey

Striding away from their distinctive red and grey helicopter, these are the four Royal Navy aviators who will set the Olympic flame off on its historic journey around the UK in seven days’ time. Pilots Lt Cdr Martin Shepherd and Lt Chris Whittington, observer Lt Cdr Richard Full and aircrewman Cpl Justin Morgan RM of 771 Naval Air Squadron have the momentous task of delivering the abiding symbol of the Olympics to Land’s End from where it will begin an 8,000-mile journey around the UK before igniting the flame in London’s Olympic Stadium on the evening of July 27. The flame, which was ignited by the rays of the sun in a traditional ceremony in Greece on Thursday at the Temple of Hera in Olympia where the ancients once toiled, and is currently being carried around the Peloponnese, is due to arrive at RNAS Culdrose on Friday night. After an overnight stay at the Cornish air ...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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