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Cadets explode onto Newton

Article posted: Jul 17, 2010 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

On Monday 21st June 2010, three other cadets and I travelled to 1936 (Newton) Squadron to see an RAF bomb disposal unit.
For the first half of the evening we watched a presentation about the type of work they do, the history of the bomb disposal unit in the RAF, and some of the things they have had to do whilst working within the team. This presentation lasted about forty minutes and was full of interesting facts and photos.

During the second half we all went outside to where a small white van was parked. In front of the van were two tables, which had many replicas of bombs and mines laid out. The officers then gave a detailed explanation for each type of bomb and they are used for. Once they had covered each explosive we were shown one of the special suits that they would wear to protect themselves during the process of approaching the bomb, and leaving the area, in case it was activated. The final thing we were shown was an R.V.C (Remote Control Vehicle). This was basically a special robot, designed to defuse bombs and mines that they couldnt get to themselves.

Overall I really enjoyed my time with the bomb disposal unit and I feel that I learned a lot from the experience. Thanks to the team for giving up their time to come and see us.

Cadet Corporal Nunley, 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron