Air Cadets from Nuneaton and other units of the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing were treated to a spectacular flypast by the historic Vulcan V-bomber.
The flypast which took place as more than 600 Cadets and Staff from 27 Air Cadet Units within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing formed up on the parade square at Gamecock Barracks Bramcote near Nuneaton marked the culmination of the Wing's annual Field Day and review by the Commandant of Air Cadets, Air Commodore Ian Stewart.
As the Vulcan approached the anticipation grew and the air was filled with the distinctive roar of its four mighty Olympus engines. Then came the first sighting of the iconic aircraft's unique delta wing shape as it banked sharply to line itself up for the low pass over the parade.
The flypast came as a fitting salute from one of the RAF's most recognisable historic aircraft to the next generation of young men and women to serve in RAF blue and to Bramcote itself, which was formerly known as RAF Bramcote and operated the wartime Wellington Bomber.
Vulcan XH558, the last of the type to be operated by the RAF was flown to Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire in 1993 with very little chance of ever flying again. But thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers and the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund, commercial sponsorship together with donations from the public, XH558 lovingly restored and now operated by ‘The Vulcan to the Sky Trust' took to the air again in October 2007.
For further information about Vulcan XH558 visit www.vulcantothesky.org
The Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing annual Field Day and review which was held on Sunday 14 th June 2009, is the largest event of the year for the Wing, attended by hundreds of cadets and staff from all over the region. It's a day of inter squadron competition and an opportunity for cadets to take part in a variety of training activities. It's also unique in so much as it's the only day of the year when a Blue Ensign is once again hoisted over the parade square of the former wartime base, RAF Bramcote, now the home of 30 Signal Regiment.
The day's competitive events included the band competition, drill, first aid, public relations, marksmanship, aircraft recognition, modelling and sports such as football and netball.
In addition to the competitive events cadets had the opportunity to undergo radio communications training, visit the RAF careers display and even put their training to the test as they took part in various initiative exercises.
The Training Day ended with a parade during which the reviewing officer, Commandant of Air Cadets, Air Commodore Ian Stewart, presented awards to competition winners and adult staff. During his address to the Wing, Air Commodore Stewart congratulated the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing for the high standards of training and turnout of those on parade. He also went on to congratulate the wing for taking a full and active part in the wide range of activities available to Air Cadets.
The highlight of the presentations for the Nuneaton based squadron came as Air Commodore Stewart, presented Drum Major, Cadet Grant Robey, of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Band with the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing band competition trophy.
121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron also managed to win the Wing Public Relations and the staff Media communications and photographic competitions.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, "Winning band competition again is a just reward for all the hard work the cadets and staff have put in to the squadrons musical activities. The display the band put on this year for the competition included a selection of new music including our own renditions of some Elvis and Beatles classics , which have recently been added to the repertoire for the 2009 season. I just hope we can repeat this sort of success when we go on to represent the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing in September at the regional competitions at Royal Air Force Wittering".