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Air Cadets from Northampton meet HRH Prince Andrew.

Article posted: Aug 02, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

A talented trio of air cadets from 5F (Northampton) Squadron competing in the annual Aerospace Challenge competition at Cranfield University were presented to HRH Prince Andrew on Tuesday 24th August during his visit to see how the competition was progressing.
Cdt Cpl Matthew Broadbent, Cdt Cpl Curtis Newton and Cdt Charlie Smith were excited to be presented to Prince Andrew and discuss with him what they had been doing as part of the aerospace challenge.

HRH Prince Andrew shaking hands with Cdt Cpl C. Newton watched on by Cdt C. Smith & Cdt Cpl M.Broadbent

The Aerospace Challenge is an annual competition organised by John Farley who was the first ever Harrier test pilot. The event is sponsored many leading companies within the aviation industry including but not exclusively Rolls Royce, Marshalls Aerospace, Air International and the Royal Air Force.
Participants are teams from schools and cadet forces who have to submit a project beforehand. The top twelve teams are selected to qualify to attend an educational week at Cranfield University. The project topic is usually set by the RAF and this year teams had to submit their ideas on the’ Training of remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) operators.’

Once selected, teams attend Cranfield University for a week to receive training on various aspects of aerospace. It is not all classroom based however, as the teams this year had the opportunity to fly in helicopters, receive a visit from a Hawk MK2 aircraft based at RAF Valley and visit Duxford Imperial War Museum for a personal Spitfire display.

Also present this year were Canadian and Australian Air Cadets to celebrate the Jubilee.

This is the ninth successive year that 5F (Northampton) Sqn have had teams qualify. We are all now waiting for the final results.

Well done 5F!!