This summer, a small group of air cadets from Swadlincote joined others from the South and East Midlands area to spend a week at an operational Royal Air Force (RAF) Station, RAF Odiham in North Hampshire.
RAF Odiham is the home of the Chinook Helicopter and was the location of this years Annual Summer Camp for the cadets and staff of South and East Midlands Wing Air Training Corps, (ATC), including those of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron.
Swadlincote’s own, Cadet Sergeant (Cdt Sgt) Dominic Evans (15) was one of the lucky few to be picked to attend this camp and upon his return said: “I had a great time at Odiham as we were treated to a surprise flight in a RAF Helicopter, the Chinook and also visited the fire section. I also made some great new friends from other local Squadrons and caught up with others I had met on previous camps I have attended.”
During this week long camp, the cadets also found themselves spending their evenings taking part in sports competitions including a football match, visiting Portsmouth Docks, swimming and go karting alongside a water fight with the bases Fire Engines during the visit to the fire section mentioned by Sgt Evans.
This camp is deemed to be one of the favourites of the year, by the cadets, due to the nature of the prestigious flight everyone on the camp received, in a Chinook Helicopter.