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Wrekin and Riveting, 209 Sqn at Summercamp

Article posted: Sep 03, 2013 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Eight Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridford) Squadron where among 24 Cadets from 6 different squadrons who spent a week long summer camp at RAF Cosford. Uniquely they were joined by two Air Explorers from the Scout organisation for part of the camp. Despite either sets of teenagers not knowing anything about each other the two Explorers literally fell into step or the Cadets eagerly welcomed them into their Flights.

RAF Cosford is the home of the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering and the Cadets got to see the different training schools which take trainees from putting a simple rivet into a sheet of metal to taxi-ing aircraft. Cosford even has a simulator to teach ground crew to taxi aircraft which some of the Cadets had a go on. One Cadet was tasked with taxi-ing an Apache attack helicopter into a farm yard while it was being ‘flown’ by another Cadet. The Cadet guided it in successfully first time.

Away from the camp the Cadets climbed The Wrekin, a 1335 feet high hill which is part of the Shropshire Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. They also spent a day at Alton Towers and on a more poignant visit spent an afternoon at the National Arboretum. The Arboretum covers an area of over 190 acres and as well as the larger memorials has thousands of trees that are dedicated to either an individual, group or organisation.

All the Cadets said they enjoyed the week with Cdt James Smith saying his favourite activity was visiting Alton Towers and Cdt Ryan Ware saying he enjoyed learning about Cyber threats at the Radio School the most.