Nuneaton based Air Cadets got to see their parent service in action when they visited Royal Air Force Brize Norton, the home of the UK’s strategic air transport and air-to-air refuelling capability.
During their visit the cadets saw the full range of the RAF’s transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft from the older VC-10, Tristar and C130 Hercules to the mighty C-17 Globemaster and even the latest addition to the fleet the KC-30 Voyager.
As well as seeing the aircraft as they were taking off and landing, the cadets were given an even closer look at the role of the RAF, its Aircraft and the various trade groups which help to keep them in the air. The cadets were treated to section visits to the ultra-modern Air Tanker facility and 10 Squadron which is currently taking delivery of the KC-30 Voyager, the replacement air-to-air refuelling and air transport capability which will replace the older fleet of VC-10 and Tristar aircraft.
The cadets also visited the RAF Police Dog Section, the Fire Section and the Air Traffic Control before ending the day with 216 Squadron which operates the Tristar.
Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Flt Lt Paul Hincks said, “On behalf of the Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron who visited RAF Brize Norton I would like to thank everyone involved for all the work they have put into making our visit such an outstanding success”.
“The visits to the Air Tanker facility, 10 Squadron, the Dog Section, Fire Section, Air Traffic and 216 Squadron were all hugely enjoyable and have all helped to add to our cadets practical experience and understanding of the role of the RAF, its Aircraft and the various trade groups which help to keep them flying”.
“Once again we would thank everyone we met during our visit for what was a truly enjoyable and informative day. Most certainly something we would look to repeat in the future”.
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