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The Henlow Experience

Article posted: Aug 19, 2013 by Wing Media & Comm Officer

Thirty Three cadets from across the Northern squadrons of South & East Midlands Wing have attended a week long Summer Camp at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire.

Although the Station lacked the excitement of a flying station, the cadets were made welcome and were treated to visits to Henlow’s lodger units such as the Centre for Aviation Medicine and the engineering services that provide planning, installation and assistance across the RAF.

A cadet tries a Pilots’ respirator for size

Off station activities included visits to the RAF Museum at Hendon, The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, orienteering at Wissen Lakes, Milton Keynes and even a visit to a nearby Maze.

Cadets try different uniforms at Hendon Museum

A serious note was struck when the cadets visited the American Cemetery at Cambridge where those Americans based in Britain, or who fought in the North Atlantic, during the dark years of World War Two and who died, were buried or those posted missing were recorded on a Wall of Remembrance. The Cadets held a minutes silence in respect of our Allies from America.

Swimming in RAF Henlow’s excellent pool allowed for the award of 26 Basic Swimming Certificates, thirteen of which were converted into Intermediate awards with the additional work.

There was also an opportunity for cadets to achieve their Heart Start awards and eight were successful.

Evening activities included sport, a quiz and ten pin bowling, all of which were competitive and added to the keenly fought inter flight competition.

Involved were; 1279 (Melton Mowbray), 1359 (Beeston), 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre), 1461 (Wigston),1947 (Birstall), 2071 (Stamford), 2195 (Long Eaton) and 2248 (Rutland) Squadrons.