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Wellingborough Cadets Visit Luton Airport

Article posted: Nov 15, 2015 by Sqn Ldr Richards

Wellingborough Air Cadets recently undertook a visit to London Luton airport, the UK’s fifth largest passenger airport. The cadets were taken on a tour of the airport and sections visited included the operations centre and fire station.

The cadets outside the fire station.

10.5 million passengers used London Luton airport last year, and the operations centre is the main focal point of the airport for the collection of information such as flight times / plans and weather reports. The cadets were also driven down the airport runway and after the tour, the cadets went on to visit at the National Air Traffic Services Control Tower.

The cadets with the Airport Manager Naveed Ahmed outside Easyjet Hangar 89.

The cadets were made extremely welcome by London Luton airport and special thanks go to Terry Lyddall, Air Traffic Control Watch Manager and his colleagues from NATS and also to Naveed Ahmed, Airport Manager for facilitating the visit and hosting the cadets.

The cadets with Nina Cawley Air Traffic Control Watch Manager.

378 (Mannock) Squadron is based at Spring Gardens in Wellingborough. The unit is currently recruiting for adult volunteer staff as well as welcoming new cadets to its ranks. Volunteers or young people interested in learning more about the RAF Air Cadets in Wellingborough can visit: or the Squadron’s Facebook page at: