Don't get me wrong - I think the Angle of The North is fab and there's nothing wrong with brightening up your working environment, but isn't this a tad insensitive in a Muslim country (however we are, after all, trying to win friends and influence people rather than convert them to the "one true faith"?) RAF Corporal Creates Angel Of Kandahar Tuesday, May 01, 2007 Source: MoD Inspired by the world famous 'Angel of the North' in Gateshead, RAF Corporal Craig Leighton has created his own version at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, using spare aluminium aircraft parts. Corporal Leighton has been in Afghanistan since December 2006. He is normally stationed in the Enhanced Station Workshop at RAF Waddington which is involved with the manufacture, modification and repair of aircraft components. The crafts of his trade are sheet metal work, welding, milling, turning and hand forming. He explained: "Nearly anything can be done with a 'can do' attitude in both detachment and base unit levels and we are renowned for making serviceable items from quite minimal materials." So, assisted by fellow RAF Waddington Senior Aircraftsman Chris Dyke, he saw an opportunity in his 'spare time' in Afghanistan to put his skills to more artistic endeavours and create the 'Angel of Kandahar': "Nearly everyone knows what the 'Angel of the North' looks like and have probably passed it going up or down the A1, so it seemed an ideal and recognisable subject," Corporal Leighton said. "We spent our off duty time in the evening cleaning and welding the parts together; it finally took shape and a base was also manufactured from scrap to prevent the work from blowing over in inclement weather of which we've had a bit recently." Corporal Leighton, who is coming to the end of his tour, added: "I wanted to raise the profile of the RAF workshops and also a smile from people as they passed by. I also thought it would be a good reference point for the General Engineering Flight and it would help me leave my mark here at Kandahar. I have had an enjoyable and interesting tour and have learned a lot. I would also like to thank everyone I have worked with for making it so memorable."