Air cadets from Nuneaton and Bedworth joined cadets from other units within the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing for an insight into service life on the front line during their summer camp at the largest and busiest fast-jet base in the Royal Air Force
Youngsters belonging to 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps have just returned from summer camp at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland the home base of the famous 617 Dambusters Squadron
During their time at RAF Lossiemouth the cadets had a jam-packed week of new and exiting experiences. They were given a full tour of the Tornado Operational Conversion Unit which gave all the cadets the opportunity to get a close look at one of the RAF’s front line combat aircraft, the Tornado GR4 as flown by the modern day 617 Squadron.
The cadets also got a flight in one of the RAF’s search & rescue Sea King helicopters. Fourteen year old Cadet Grant Robey from Whitestone in Nuneaton who was on his first camp as an Air Cadet described the flight in the 202 Squadron Sea King as, “Absolutely Amazing”. He added “I’ve been flying with the cadets several times before but the Sea King flight was something quite different. I’ve seen the distinctive yellow search & rescue Sea King helicopters before and we all know what an amazing job their crews have to do. We were all so thrilled to get a flight in a Sea King without having to get into the position of needing to be rescued”.
The cadets training programme also included a visit to the stations RAF Police dog section where they saw the dogs in action searching for explosives, thankfully it was just an exercise, however not wanting to take any chances the cadets also visited the fire section where they got a ride in one of the fire engines. Another highlight of the camp featured a trip to the neighbouring base RAF Kinloss where the cadets were given a tour of the Maritime Reconnaissance Nimrods.
Every year, Air Cadets are given the chance to attend an annual camp on an operational RAF station but this year’s camp at RAF Lossiemouth has given our young cadets a valuable opportunity to get first hand experience of what life is like on stations operating the RAF’s front line aircraft. The training programme for the cadets was full of action and adventure. This year the cadets underwent high ropes leadership training, night exercises, constant uniform and room inspections and lots of drill as well as getting a full tour of all the aircraft and support sections on the station.
As well as visiting RAF stations Air Cadets have the opportunity of going flying, gliding and taking part in all kinds of action, adventure and sports. If you've got what it takes, commitment and the willingness to have a go, why not "Join Our Team".