On Saturday 11th July, 20 Cadets from Leicestershire squadrons descended upon RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire to have their annual summer camp.
And what a week awaited them! Action packed, full of fun and new experiences. The cadets hit the ground running with a full day on the outdoor range. The rest of the week involved section visits to 101Sqn (VC10), 99 Sqn (C17) and 216 Sqn (Tri-star), RAF Police Dog Section and Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit (JADTEU) to name but a few.
The Leicester cadets on Camp at RAF Brize Norton.
Wednesday was a day full of flying. 10 cadets visited 8 Sqn at RAF Odiham for a tour round and a flight in the Chinook helicopter. The cadets got an hour flight in a Chinook which ended in a debarkation in the middle of the airfield before the aircraft took off to continue more dangerous manoeuvres.
Cadets getting into a Chinook.
The other 10 cadets got to see Leicester from the air as they had a flight in a Tri-star up to East Midlands Airport where they then spent 2 hours doing circuits. Each cadet spent 2 circuits sat behind the pilot and got to see how to do an approach in the Tri-star.
Once the cadets had all had a go, the staff were also invited up onto the flight deck. Whilst there, Flt Lt Andy Faulkner assisted with the approach to East Midlands as both the instructor and pilot where unfamiliar with the area, after an extended approach. He proceeded to explain the local sites and attractions while they waited for another aircraft on the approach to land.
Cadets boarding the Tri-Star.
All 20 cadets got another chance to fly with 216 Sqn (Tri-Star), this time flying to Prestwick in Scotland. Were they spent 3 hours doing circuits and low level flying (3000ft in a Tri-star) around the isle of Arran nearby before returning to RAF Brize Norton.
Thursday saw the arrival of our Regional Commandant; Group Captain Brett Morrell who spent the day with us which included a very interesting tour of 501 Sqn – Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Other highlights included the fire section, ATC Tower, Ten Pin bowling, Fire Section, Ambulance and an ice skating trip to Oxford ice rink.