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Red Arrows Work Experience for Beeston Air Cadet

Article posted: Aug 17, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

A cadet from 1359 (Beeston) Squadron has recently spent a week on work experience at RAF Scampton near Lincoln.
Cadet Corporal Sam Pike spent the week visiting the various sections on the historic station including time working with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.

The first 3 days saw Cpl Pike attached to the Red Arrows where he had the opportunity to get involved in hands-on activities including attaching an aileron to a Hawk and replacing a hydraulic spring that controls the tailplanes on another Hawk. He also spent time mixing with the ground crews learning about the various jobs they have to perform on a daily basis in support of The Red Arrows.

On day four Cpl Pike spent the morning in the Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) which is responsible for producing a “Recognised Air Picture of the UK’s airspace and for policing that airspace, scrambling fighters where necessary to intercept and identify any aircraft that are deemed to be suspicious. “ The CRC is housed in a building which was used by 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, for briefing prior to their famous attack on the German dams during WW2. The station also has its own museum housing various artefacts that reflect the history of Scampton and Cpl Pike had the opportunity to visit it during the afternoon.

The fifth and final day Cpl Pike visited the armoury and spent the morning being shown how to strip down, clean and service the various weapons held on the station. During the afternoon he was treated to a full practise display by The Red Arrows which was a great end to a great week.

Cpl Pike summed his week up saying “It was a very interesting week, giving me the opportunity to see and experience different aspects of life on an active RAF station. Whilst the whole week was really enjoyable the highlight was the time spent with The Red Arrows.”

CI Mike Hill
Media and Communications Officer
1359 (Beeston) Squadron