This year from the 10th to the 17th of August, myself, 5 other cadets from 2418 Squadron and numerous others from South & East Midlands Wing, went to RAF Cosford in Wolverhampton for a week away to sample RAF life and visit the station seeing what happens there, including the surrounding places such as the National Arboretum.
It was an amazing week that included looking at the sections such as the pilot safety department which develops such things as parachutes and night vision goggle’s, we were even able to test out some of the equipment. The Arboretum is where fallen soldiers from the present and past are recognised for their service. It was an amazing opportunity that couldn’t be missed. We visited the Cosford museum and the Staffordshire Regiment Museum which was definitely one of the highlights of the week, along with the day trip to Alton Towers.
We got to visit the recruit training sectors of the base including the plane repair training centre and also the ground crew centre where there was a high tech almost video game where you could practice and train for the real airfield and taxiing the planes. We were also able to sit in the out of service Jaguars and look around the training areas for the specific job titles which you can join in the RAF on that base.
Everyone seemed to have great fun, I myself was very excited about going there and on the last day, I didn’t want to leave as I had enjoyed myself so much! I would recommend that anyone within the ATC goes on a summer camp like this as it is a great opportunity and a great experience. You have lots of fun and meet a lot of new long lasting friends who you get to know rather quickly as you are living with them for a week on base. It was my third summer camp of this type and I cannot wait for what may come around next year!
Sgt Jake Foster
2418 (Sherwood) SQN