Cadets with the E3D Sentry
The Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron spent this year’s annual summer camp at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. RAF Coningsby is the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the front line Typhoon.
During the week the cadets had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Typhoon and the various aircraft from the BBMF; Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota and Lancaster (which was having an engine changed). They also had a look around the E3D Sentry airborne early warning aircraft that are currently based Coningsby while the runway at nearby RAF Waddington is being improved.
Other section visits on the station included Air Traffic Control, the Survival equipment, Fire section and the RAF Police dogs. The RAF Police performed some demonstrations with their dogs including a drug search, agility and bite techniques.
Other activities included a day in Skegness with a crazy golf tournament and sandcastle competition, 10-pin bowling, swimming proficiencies, sports, a drill competition, a night exercise and a high ropes experience.
All activities were scored and combined going towards an inter-flight competition. Sergeant Ewan MacRae of 1220 was pleased to collect the award for being the winning flight at the end of the week.
1220 cadets all ready to fly
Four cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron took to the skies of Lincolnshire recently on an air experience flight. Corporal Alan Jackson (16) along with cadets Sky Brooks (15), Chloe Marden (15) and Tony Pepper (15) attended RAF Cranwell for the chance to put the air in air cadet.
Flying with 7 AEF in the Grob Tutor primary trainer the cadets were taken for a 30 minute flight where they learnt about the controls and handling characteristics of the aircraft before taking control themselves for some basic manoeuvres. There was then the opportunity to see just what the aircraft can do as their RAF instructor took them through some aerobatic moves much to the delight of them all.
Cadet Tony Pepper remarked “ you see aircraft doing aerobatics from the ground but to be in the plane as it loops the loop is just out of this world”.
Five air cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps went to RAF Wyton on Saturday morning for a flight in a Grob Tutor, which is the primary trainer of the Royal Air Force.
Cadet Callum Willox in the cockpit of a Grob Tutor aircraft at RAF Wyton
The cadets had been looking forward to flying – for some the first time with the Air Cadet Organisation. During an Air Experience Flight (AEF), cadets are encouraged to learn about the controls and instruments of the aircraft, and are invited to take control of the aircraft; sometimes they are able to perform aerobatics themselves.
Each of the five cadets 30 minutes in the air, which is sufficiently long enough for them to navigate to and fly over their own houses in March.
Corporal Joe Goodman said. “Although it was my third time flying, it was just as great as the first time.”
Three cadet corporals from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently had the opportunity to fly in a Lynx helicopter with No 7 Regiment, 671 Squadron, Army Air Corps.
1220 cadets with a Lynx helicopter.
Cpl Joe Goodman, Cpl Alfie Jaggard, and Cpl Kyle McLean were among those lucky enough to have this once-in-a-lifetime chance to fly in a Lynx, and all three thoroughly enjoyed it. Other cadets from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing took part, including some from 115 (Peterborough) Sqn.
The cadets flew from RAF Wittering, and took a 20-minute journey around Rutland Water. They particularly enjoyed flying with the side door open.
Cpl Alfie Jaggard said, “It was such a great experience, something I will never forget.”
Recently an air cadet from 1220 (March) Squadron has returned from Tayside Aviation in Dundee after successfully flying solo.
Katie with her flying wings
Cadet Flight Sergeant Katie Dickson was selected as a winner of the 12-hour scholarship and travelled to Scotland on 9th December 2013 to learn to fly in a Grob Heron. Regrettably she was unable to complete her training due to bad weather, and therefore missed out on the opportunity to fly the aircraft solo.
However after spending the Christmas holidays revising everything she had been taught, Katie returned to Dundee. After four extra hours of tuition she managed to fly the aircraft herself in a solo circuit of the airfield.
Katie said “It was such a weird feeling to look at the seat beside me and see no-one there. I’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity, and I won’t be forgetting it any time soon!”
The Air Cadet Pilot Scheme is a prestigious scholarship awarded to cadets selected on their success and commitment to their cadet career and 1220 is proud to have had four winners since 2010.
1220 is currently recruiting. Our open evening takes place on Wednesday 5th February at 7:30PM at the squadron building and our intake night is on Tuesday 11th February at 7:00PM. For further information, please visit www.1220atc.org.uk.