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2195 at the Donnington Aeropark

Article posted: Oct 13, 2016 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Thursday night was another exciting experience for the cadets. Instead of the usual scene of down at the squadron, all the cadets made their way to Castle Donnington Aero park where they got to climb into multiple aeroplanes like the Vulcan and the Nimrod.
The Vulcan was used as a strategic bomber in the Royal Air Force. It serves from 1956 to 1984. It had no defensive weaponry so initially it relied on its high speed agility. The cadets got to climb into the small compartment of the cockpit which held a crew of four. Whilst inside, the cadets listened to a volunteer talk about the Vulcan when it was in its former glory.

Another plane which the cadets enjoyed entering was the secretive and mysterious Nimrod. Used as a spy plane, the Nimrod was full with computers which could easily tap into the secrets of your mobile phone calls. After a look around at all the gadgets, the cadets entered the kitchen area of the plane, only to discover that the Nimrod was well and truly haunted. Though one group saw nothing of a mere ghost, another group saw a joystick move on its own and a screen flash on and off, which couldn’t have been more real.

The visit in the Nimrod allowed people who are inspired to join the Royal Air Force as Intelligence communications a look at what equipment they could be using and where they could have been if the Nimrod was still in use. If you was to think of the inside of an aircraft imagine that but with rows of screens and little desks about 20 of them… Yes big and crowded but that is where people had to work to serve and protect our country After an exciting look around of all the other planes, many cadets discovered a popular spot to watch planes take off and land from East Midlands Airport. It took the cadet up close to the planes as they ferried many passengers away to their destinations or back to their homes. When the night drew to an end all the cadets posed for a photo in front of the Aero Park Café before going their separate ways home.

Cadet Corporal C. McHale said “It was a great night which all the cadets enjoyed very much including myself. It allowed me to see what gadgets and gismos I could be using if I was to follow the intelligence path.”

Written by Cadet Sophie Rowlett
2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron Air Training Corps