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Merlin flight brings magic to Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse

Getting on to the coach I realised I knew 2 people on this camp I thought possibly it would not be as good as my last one..

But how wrong was I, when we arrived at RAF Linton-on-Ouse we got off the coach and we were given a single room each, which is not bad at all for accommodation on camps.

After unpacking I went out side were I met the people who I would be spending most of my time with this week. We were with each other for the good times and again for the bad. We then got split into flights and then the flights got split in half again. This was for the tasks we had to do though out the week.

During the week we did a lot of things like familiarisation tasks, fire section visits, shooting, tutor flying, visiting air traffic control, which are all pritty standard on most RAF camps. We then had things like visits to the royal armoury museum, a train museum, a visit to the local barracks to see the AAC, checking out there aircraft and armouries and then the bowling night.

But the things that made this camp “amazing” as the OC wanted it to be, was the two extra things that had been put in which were the adrenalin course which had a high course which consisted of the leap of faith, and Jacobs ladder and a leap of faith pole where 4 people had to stand at the top on a very small platform and then were asked to hold hands and lean back. It also had a low course known as an assault course with 12ft walls and tunnels full of very muddy water. We were told we were going to get wet on this tip but we did not realise it would be that wet.

The second thing was the 4 hour flight in the Merlin helicopter, whilst shooting 6 cadets got pulled out to go on this flight and luckily I was one of them, we were told to run back to the mess to get some food but not a lot as we would probably be throwing it back up, when we returned after a very fast meal and a very fast run we had a brief about the aircraft and what to do in emergency and basically the man said “most things on this helicopter will kill you if not done right” which filled all 6 of us with confidence. We were then suited up and had to wait for the helicopter to be ready. When we boarded it we all took our seats and soon after it took off. During the flight we were taking off and landing in very random places like playgrounds and building sites as the pilots were in training and were practicing ladings on different landscapes. Also we were shown tactical flying to the full extreme for the helicopter was constantly changing direction sharply and flying almost 90 degrees left to 90 degrees right. On this flight we left RAF Linton-on-Ouse went over the Yorkshire Dales, then over the lake district to then refuel at Carlisle airport, then along Newcastle back to Linton.

Also during the camp we had a day out in York sight seeing and shopping, my friends and I thought that while we were in York we should buy a hat to try and fit in as you can see in the pictures we stood out more then anything.

This camp introduced me to people I think I will be friends with a long time and also give me a further insight to the life in the royal air force which has made me confident it is the right career for me.


Merlin flight brings a spot of magic to Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse – Click to Enlarge
Merlin flight brings a spot of magic to Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse – Click to Enlarge
Merlin flight brings a spot of magic to Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse – Click to Enlarge
Merlin flight brings a spot of magic to Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse – Click to Enlarge
Merlin flight brings a spot of magic to Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - One tight turn too many for one poor lad – Click to Enlarge
Air Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - Cdt Grant Robey in the Tucano - Click to Enlarge
Air Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - The Tucano - Click to Enlarge
Air Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - Flt Lt Barry Broom in the Tucano - Click to Enlarge
Air Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - the Royal Armory Museum in Leeds - Click to Enlarge
Air Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - Click to Enlarge
Air Cadet Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse - The national Railway Museum, York - Click to Enlarge


Article Submitted by:-
Cdt Grant Robey - 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron
22 Aug 09

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