Four cadets from 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn ATC joined thirty-two Air Cadets from all over the Midlands, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire for a week long camp at RAF Valley.
The cadets took part in a range of activities and section visits designed to give them an insight into life in the Royal Air Force. RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales is home of fast jet training, and cadets were treated to numerous up close encounters with the Hawk – the same aircraft flown by the Red Arrows display team.
Cadet Sergeant Alex Moss (16) from Woodville, the squadrons senior cadet on camp was fortunate enough experience a flight in the Hawk Simulator, operated by BAe Systems. Alex said “We flew along the Menai Straits and under the Britannia Bridge. It was a brilliant opportunity to put my glider pilot training into practice. It was awesome – just like flying a fast jet for real”. In fact, the simulator is so realistic that the Red Arrows flew in to RAF Valley twice over the course of the week to use it for emergency procedure training.
RAF Valley is also home to the RAF Search and Rescue Training Unit, and No.22 Squadron (C flight) Search and Rescue, which gave the cadets the opportunity to get up close to a Sea King helicopter, and understand the vital role played by the crews.
Despite the snow and gales, the cadets also ventured off base to the high ropes course in Betws Coed, and to the go-kart track near Holyhead. On returning home, Flying Officer Ruth Morgan (29) from Swadlincote, who accompanied the cadets said “It really is a unique opportunity to spend a week on an active RAF base, and gives cadets the insight into military life that can be key to deciding on a future career. The cadets (and staff) have had a great time, and have experienced a whole range of what the RAF can offer – from the training and work, to the food and camaraderie”.
Fg Off Ruth Morgan RAFVR (T)
1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn ATC