1220 (MARCH) SQUADRON EXPERIENCE LIFE AT RAF CRANWELL

Six Air Cadets from March recently joined others from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and spent a week living at RAF College Cranwell. While there, they spent time learning about the Royal Air Force and in particular the role that is performed by various sections on the base.

RAF College Cranwell is in Lincolnshire and hosts the Initial Officer Training College for the Royal Air Force along with the flying training school. The cadets had the opportunity to visit these sections and learn about how they operate. They were particularly impressed with College Hall Officers Mess which they were given a tour of. In College Hall there is a red carpet which only Commissioned Officers are allowed to walk on. The cadets were given the privilege to be able to stand on the carpet for a brief moment.

Some of the cadets were fortunate to get a training flight in a King Air. For Cadet Ellie Greenwood (13) this was the best bit of the camp. She said “the flying was excellent, I’ve never flown before and I definitely want to do more of it”.

In addition to visiting the different sections the cadets took part in other team activities including a drill competition, sports, and a night exercise. During the night exercise the teams had to deal with injured casualties while completing a given task. Cadet Kyle McLean (13) said “The exercise taught me how important team work is”.

There was also the opportunity to visit local attractions including Newark Air Museum. While there the cadets were able to get inside the cockpit of a Vulcan.