Meet “Babs” a 1952 Ferret Armoured Car powered by a six litre Rolls Royce engine. The ferret was christened “Babs” by the cadets as her original military service number plate 33 BA85 appears similar to her name.
As recorded in the photos the ferret was a “barn find” and restored by the Squadron’s cadets and staff as a Thursday night project.
Babs was put back on the road by the team led by Civilian Instructor Colin Wills and for the past two years was driven by the Squadron’s OIC Flying Officer Donoghue to community events to help fund raise and recruit new cadets.
Babs is off the road this year for a scheduled major overhaul by the Squadron engineering project team and once we complete rebuilding the fuel system she will receive a new coat of paint in line with service as an RAF Regiment vehicle.
Those cadets who have visited the home of the RAF Regiment at RAF Honnington will have noticed another Ferret Armoured Car displayed on a plinth near the Regiments Headquarters building.
Babs certainly isn’t a museum piece and we look forward to getting her engine roaring again and seeing the smiles and waves we get when driving on local roads.
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From 1094 Ely Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets