On the 26 th April2006 myself and 6 other cadets from 121 Nuneaton squadron departed for camp at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, along with 18 other cadets from various different squadrons. Once we had arrived we settled into our rooms. This was the first camp where I had my own room. Later on we were divided up into groups and took part in a familiarisation exercise, to find out where different places were on the base. Throughout the week we got to take part in many different activities ranging from swimming to one lucky cadet, Flight Sergeant Johnson getting a flight in a Tucano.
RAF Linton-on-Ouse was one of the smaller camps I had been on, as there were only 25 cadets there. Although it did mean that everyone got to know each other. Whilst there we took part in the usual air cadet activities such as flying and shooting, some cadets were lucky enough to shoot 200 rounds on the L98. We were also able to achieve our proficiency swimming, I myself was able to complete my intermediate. We also visited an air museum and a prisoner of war camp. In addition we went to Water World and had a night of bowling, where the top 3 scorers received prizes.
On Sunday most of the cadets had to leave due to exams and the camp total shank to just 16 cadets, and then on Monday to just 14.
Later in the week we visited the fire section (on the coldest day). Whilst there we were split into 2 teams and had to race each other to put together hoses and assemble a shower. My team won, (because we were the best!!) then we had to all run through the shower many times and it was freezing!! We all got soaked and to top it off we had to march back to our accommodation, we truly looked like an army of penguins. Later on in the week w had a night exercise, which involved decoding messages, following grid references, staying hidden, avoiding 'enemy' vehicles, finding messages, completing tasks and contacting the other team via radio. We did this on an airfield and it was great.
On the 3 rd May we packed up and left for home for some well deserved sleep. Overall RAF Linton-on-Ouse was a good all round camp, though I didn't think much to the packed lunches.
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- 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron
08 May 06
One of the busiest training airfields in the RAF, Linton-on-Ouse has been used as a Bomber, Transport and Fighter airfield in its long and interesting history since it opened in 1937. Since 1957 the main role of the Station has been pilot training, initially with the Jet Provost, but now with the Tucano T1. No 1 Flying Training School operates 78 Tucano T1s, providing basic flying instruction. No 642 Volunteer Gliding School, equipped with Vigilant T1s is also based at Linton.