RAF lands on beach
As the RAF, or Royal Air Force crew was out in the rescue helicopter, they had a sudden craving for ice cream. The helicopter landed on the beach at Winterton-on-Sea in Norfolk. Some of the crew members of the aircraft got out and started walking towards the Winterton Dunes Beach Cafe. The helicopter is used for rescue missions and emergencies. People on the beach watched with concern as the crew members entered the cafe thinking that something had to be wrong.
First Time RAF has landed on beach
As concerned onlookers watched, the crew members entered the store and ordered three Magnum Classics and one white chocolate Magnum. The owner of the cafe, Carmel Shiggins is noted as saying this is the first time she had ever seen a RAF land on the beach. Another worker at the cafe, Francis Ford, an 18 year old, asked the crew what was up. One of the crew members is said to have replied, “We’re all entitled to a tea break”. It was quite an occasion at the cafe. They were dressed in uniform and holding their helmets. The crew was very pleasant, saying all they wanted was ice cream.When they were ready to leave, they waved good-bye as they headed back to their helicopter.
Landed during a training session
The actual landing happened while a co-pilot that didn’t yet have a lot of experience was being trained. They had been doing some flying exercises. While they were on the beach, the captain was doing some debriefing with the co-pilot. They weren’t taking a break from the sessions, only the crew members who weren’t being trained left the helicopter to get the ice cream. I am sure they brought some back for the captain and co-pilot. After all, it’s not nice to eat ice cream without sharing.