One of the many activities you get to do as a cadet is go on annual
camp, and this year I was lucky enough to go to RAF Lyneham in
from 20th July to 27th July 2002.
RAF Lyneham is transport base, it holds C130k and C130j Hercules
heavy transport planes.
At 9:00am on Saturday 20th July myself, Cpl Holland, Cdt Johnson,
Cdt Hammond, Cdt Barber and Cdt Hackett arrived at the squadron
to wait for the coach to pick us up, from there we set off on a
2 hour journey we picked up some other cadets from 1289, 2030 and
29(F) squadrons. When we arrived and got off the coach we found
our way to the billets and went straight to the mess for dinner,
after dinner we looked around the base and unpacked.
During our time at RAF Lyneham we got the opportunity to visit
the different sections of the base like the RAF Regiment, aircraft
maintenance hanger, medevac (Medical Evacuation), control tower
and some of us got to go to the flight simulator and see what its
like to take control of a C130, and the fire section was very memorable.
We also got to do such activities as shooting, flying, night exercise
and we were very privileged to go to RIAT (Royal International Air
Tattoo) the airshow that almost all of the air forces of the world
attend and show off their greatest aircraft to the public.
At the end of the week we got our photo's back and got everyone
to sign the back of them, said goodbye to each other and set off
for another 2 hour dive back to Nuneaton as we said goodbye to everyone
else and got of the coach and went home (probably for a sleep).
I recommend any annual camps to anybody because you get to make
new friends that you will probably see at Wing Training Day and
it is great fun. All the cadets that attended Lyneham 02 will tell
you that it was worth while.