The best show and tell ever? Dad drops into Worthing school - in a helicopter

Children wave at Mr Rudd in his helicopter

Children wave at Mr Rudd in his helicopter

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A father paid a flying visit to his children at their Worthing school by turning up in an RAF helicopter.

High-flying parent Paul Rudd left hundreds of pupils at West Park Primary and Middle School in a spin of excitement.

The 36-year-old petty officer landed as part of a routine flight along the south coast from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to say hello to his nine-year-old son Ben and seven-year-old daughter Daisy.

More than 750 “delighted” children from the school in Marlborough Road, Worthing, witnessed the 23-metre long Merlin mark III helicopter’s dramatic arrival at 1.45pm on Friday.

PO Rudd lives in Worthing and has been in the Royal Navy for 17 years, although he is currently working with the RAF.

He said: “I had checked with the school beforehand and they said they would love us to come.

“I spend a lot of time away from my children during the week so it is nice to come and see them.

“It was nice for my children to see what I did and also for their friends because it can be quite difficult to explain.

“I had friends and family lined up outside the school and they said the kids were screaming from the first time they saw us as just a little spec in the distance.”

The school’s deputy head Malcolm Howie described the visit as the “best show and tell ever”.

He said: “The cheers from the children could be heard for miles around.

“One child was heard to say, ‘What’s happening next Friday?’ while another Year 3 child said, ‘I don’t want to do PE, I want to make helicopters’, and that is what he did.

“The school were first made aware of the visit a few weeks ago and had told the children that it might happen, although it might have to be cancelled if the crew were called off to another job.”

Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children.

The school was presented with framed and signed pictures of the helicopter to mark the 20-minute visit.

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1:28pm Tue 4 Feb 14

whatone says...

"Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. "

More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation!
"Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. " More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation! whatone
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1:53pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Fight_Back says...

whatone wrote:
"Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. "

More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation!
Yes, well done - a career in the forces is a good and worthwhile one.
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: "Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. " More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation![/p][/quote]Yes, well done - a career in the forces is a good and worthwhile one. Fight_Back
  • Score: 22

9:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Ambo Guy says...

whatone wrote:
"Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. "

More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation!
What a stupid comment.

I suppose by the exclamation mark you added you think that being 'cannon fodder' is funny too?

You really need to grow up you pathetic little man.
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: "Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. " More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation![/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. I suppose by the exclamation mark you added you think that being 'cannon fodder' is funny too? You really need to grow up you pathetic little man. Ambo Guy
  • Score: 10

5:32am Wed 5 Feb 14

Boloney-marshal says...

If you don't geddit...you don't geddit, whatone, does...geddit
If you don't geddit...you don't geddit, whatone, does...geddit Boloney-marshal
  • Score: 4

8:13am Wed 5 Feb 14

Ihopenoonehasthisusername says...

Show off more like. I wonder how much that cost us all.
Show off more like. I wonder how much that cost us all. Ihopenoonehasthisusername
  • Score: -14

9:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

join the forces ,see the world, kill people, retire a hopeless traumatised alcoholic ....
join the forces ,see the world, kill people, retire a hopeless traumatised alcoholic .... All 9 of me
  • Score: -10

9:08am Wed 5 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

how difficult is it to explain that you are a helicopter pilot ?
how difficult is it to explain that you are a helicopter pilot ? All 9 of me
  • Score: -10

11:59am Wed 5 Feb 14

RaveyDavey says...

That's a lovely story - heartwarming. Well done Argus.
**** sight better show & tell than me going to my kids school to talk about working in an office!!!
That's a lovely story - heartwarming. Well done Argus. **** sight better show & tell than me going to my kids school to talk about working in an office!!! RaveyDavey
  • Score: 7

3:32pm Wed 5 Feb 14

whatone says...

Ambo Guy wrote:
whatone wrote:
"Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. "

More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation!
What a stupid comment.

I suppose by the exclamation mark you added you think that being 'cannon fodder' is funny too?

You really need to grow up you pathetic little man.
How sad it is that there are still ignorant people like you around that want the next generation to carry on dying for lost causes...

So have you ever served in the armed forces, or are you just another 'big mouthed' idiot?
[quote][p][bold]Ambo Guy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: "Mr Howie said the visit had sparked the prospect of a career in the forces with many of the children. " More 'cannon fodder' from the next generation![/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. I suppose by the exclamation mark you added you think that being 'cannon fodder' is funny too? You really need to grow up you pathetic little man.[/p][/quote]How sad it is that there are still ignorant people like you around that want the next generation to carry on dying for lost causes... So have you ever served in the armed forces, or are you just another 'big mouthed' idiot? whatone
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5:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

helip1lot says...

Well as a military helicopter pilot myself, though Army, I can tell you that this does not cost the taxpayer anything. Training flights need to take place to keep up currency and competency levels throughout the year. If they didn't fly to the school they would have had to fly somewhere else instead. What they did was achieve this requirement and make a few hundred kids' day at the same time... that's worth more than money in my book anyway.
As for the comments about lost causes etc... I've lost a lot of friends over the years whilst they have been serving their country. None of them or their families and friends that they have left behind would say they were lost causes but you're entitled to your opinion.
Well as a military helicopter pilot myself, though Army, I can tell you that this does not cost the taxpayer anything. Training flights need to take place to keep up currency and competency levels throughout the year. If they didn't fly to the school they would have had to fly somewhere else instead. What they did was achieve this requirement and make a few hundred kids' day at the same time... that's worth more than money in my book anyway. As for the comments about lost causes etc... I've lost a lot of friends over the years whilst they have been serving their country. None of them or their families and friends that they have left behind would say they were lost causes but you're entitled to your opinion. helip1lot
  • Score: 12

12:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

whatone says...

@helip1lot

"As for the comments about lost causes etc... I've lost a lot of friends over the years whilst they have been serving their country. None of them or their families and friends that they have left behind would say they were lost causes but you're entitled to your opinion."

Question. How many UK soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Answer. Nearly 700.

Question. Is Iraq better now than before our invasion?
Answer. No - Murders and torture are at Saddam era levels, and there is now an added terrorist element that wasn't present before.

Question. Is Afghanistan better now than before our invasion?
Answer. No - Murders and torture are at Taliban era levels and any 'improvements' are being swept away.

Question. Why are there now new battlegrounds in several continents?
Answer. Because the 'problems' are just being temporarily displaced.

If your 'friends' had asken the relevant questions they would have realised that there is a difference between a 'just war' and an illegal/unjust one - and they would still be here!

Encouraging another generation to follow in their footsteps is simply ignorant jingoism.

May I suggest you look at the facts before spouting that such an act "makes a few hundred kids' day" !
@helip1lot "As for the comments about lost causes etc... I've lost a lot of friends over the years whilst they have been serving their country. None of them or their families and friends that they have left behind would say they were lost causes but you're entitled to your opinion." Question. How many UK soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Answer. Nearly 700. Question. Is Iraq better now than before our invasion? Answer. No - Murders and torture are at Saddam era levels, and there is now an added terrorist element that wasn't present before. Question. Is Afghanistan better now than before our invasion? Answer. No - Murders and torture are at Taliban era levels and any 'improvements' are being swept away. Question. Why are there now new battlegrounds in several continents? Answer. Because the 'problems' are just being temporarily displaced. If your 'friends' had asken the relevant questions they would have realised that there is a difference between a 'just war' and an illegal/unjust one - and they would still be here! Encouraging another generation to follow in their footsteps is simply ignorant jingoism. May I suggest you look at the facts before spouting that such an act "makes a few hundred kids' day" ! whatone
  • Score: -4

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