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Nottingham Air Cadets Support The Armed Forces

Article posted: Jun 29, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Air Cadets from Beeston and Stapleford joined all branches of the Armed Forces to celebrate Armed Forces Weekend at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Enduring the heat and humidity of the weekend weather, the cadets from No 1359 (Beeston) and No 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadrons, Air Training Corps, joined with the Royal Air Force to present a united “Light Blue” presence amongst the predominating “Brown” of the Army.

A busy time at the Recruiting Marquee.

Although initially to be a recruiting opportunity for all the local squadrons, the help of the cadets was requested by the RAF to help run their show. This meant that the cadets were employed on running the Penalty Shooting game, helping with the “Simulator Cockpit” and best of all, helping to set up and then assist with the tethered RAF Hot Air Balloon.

Cadet Corporal Robbie Dinsdale (left) is shown how to fly a Hot Air Balloon.

“We could not have managed without your hard work and enthusiasm” said a member of the RAF Recruiting team at the end of the arduous weekend. Cadet Corporal Robbie Dinsdale who was asked to help with the Balloon, said, after overcoming his obvious excitement, “Being allowed to operate the controls of the Hot Air Balloon was an experience well worth the hard work during the weekend” adding, “yet another experience I may never have had if I wasn’t a member of the Air Cadets”.

The stand produced many enquiries from prospective cadets and adult staff.

By Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
Wing Media & Communications Officer