Originally based at the Department
of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, the Engineering
Science Aviation Group (ESAG) was founded by Phil Webb in early
1992 and initially consisted solely of Engineering Department
technicians. From here the group grew with a membership from a
wide cross-section of both age and background but who all shared
a passion for aviation and in particular military aviation.
ESAG has, almost since conception, been
actively raising funds for the RAFBF, other RAF-related charities
and RAF Squadrons/Units as a token of our thanks for the many
base visits we have been afforded over the years. 1996 saw the
Group embark on a more focused fundraising programme which involved
us producing our own merchandise which we sold at a number of
venues including airshows and RAF Families' Days. Some of the
items were a little dubious to say the least such as BLU36 Area
Denial Practice Bombs and 5kg Smoke & Flash Bombs, a bit trickier
to get away with nowadays!!
ESAG now comprises just a handful of members
who continue to fundraise but most of our sales are via our website.
To date we have raised in the region of £27.5k.
We are very privileged to have been affiliated
to 101 Squadron for a number of years and hope to continue supporting
the Squadron whenever and however we can.