No 72 Squadron Association was formed in 1993 to foster comradeship and liaison between former and serving members of No 72 squadron. Since it's inception the Association has had a steady membership of around 200. The members are both serving and ex-serving and ALL RANKS from AC2 to Air Marshal. We also count amongst our membership a number of honorary members and in recent years a growing number of 'Friends of No 72 Squadron Association'. 'Friends' are mainly relatives of ex-Squadron members and other interested parties such as military historians.
We hold two reunions each year. The first at 'The Squadron' flying club on North Weald Aerodrome, usually in early May. The event starts with members and guests arriving on the Friday evening at the Green Man Hotel in Old Harlow and holding a relaxed and informal dinner. Saturday comprises a morning visit to an aviation/military related venue. In the past visits to the RAF Museum, Hendon and The De Havilland Museum at London Colney have been made. This is followed by a wreath laying ceremony and visit to the North Weald Airfield Museum. After lunch at 'The Squadron' the AGM is held before the members retire to the hotel to prepare for the evening dinner, again at 'The Squadron'. Everyone departs on Sunday morning to prepare for the next event!
The second reunion is hosted by No 72 (Reserve) Squadron at RAF Linton on Ouse near York. This event, known as the 'Open Weekend' is usually later in the summer around July/August. Members and guests may choose to be accommodated in the Officer's Mess or opt to find local hotel/B&B accommodation. The weekend starts at lunchtime on Friday with a 'Meet and greet' at the 72 (R) Sqn hangar where guests are entertained with refreshments and a very good flying display and display of static aircraft. A 'black tie' dinner is held in the Officer's Mess in the evening. For those who can drag themselves out of bed there is the opportunity to try out the Tucano simulator on Saturday morning followed by a visit to an aviation/military themed venue such as Elvington Air Museum or Eden Camp military museum. returning in the evening members and guests are treated to a talk by a guest speaker before retiring to the bar to continue the festivities. Again, everyone departs on Sunday morning.
As already stated the 72 Squadron Association is an ALL RANKS group of serving and ex- serving air and ground crew plus family, friends and others with an interest in the Squadron. If you think you would enjoy the opportunity to mix with friends old and new, or you are just interested in 72 Sqn then please go to the CONTACT US page and get in touch. New members and 'Friends' will be made most welcome.
As a member, or 'Friend' you will also receive two 50 page newsletters each year, in July and December filled with information on events and historical articles as well as membership news. Membership is currently £15 per annum and you may pay by cheque or set up a standing order. Why not come and join us?