Air Cadets at 299 (Exmouth) Squadron are having a very busy time with many activities taking place at the recently opened joint cadet centre which they share with the town’s Army Cadet Force. The two cadet units parade on different nights.
It’s not all about flying and gliding at the squadron. Aviation studies are run alongside military training, aeromodelling and target shooting, there is a strong emphasis on adventure training.
The squadron has recently acquired new portable radios for communications training and use during field craft training and exercises.
Exmouth Squadron was formed back in 1941 and has the motto ‘Second to none’. Its current Commanding Officer is Squadron Leader Richard Bagnall who has been in charge since 2004.
It’s all about getting out there at Exmouth Squadron. Last year staff and cadets were able to visit the Normandy area of France and saw the second world war D – Day landing grounds and historic battle fields.
Exmouth Squadron is a fun place to be with cadets taking part in a wide variety of activities including air experience flying at RAF St Mawgan. There is a planned trip to the Royal International Air Tattoo which will take place at RAF Fairford in July.
If you are interested in joining the squadron as a cadet or member of adult volunteer staff, you will be made most welcome. Call 0345 600 6601 or visit www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets
During a recent visit to RAF Marham Air Cadets and volunteer staff of 1064 (Honition) Squadron were given a tour of the base by ex-Honiton cadet Flt Lt Nathan Shawyer. Nathan was the last RAF pilot to be trained to fly the Tornado Multi Role Combat aircraft.
During their visit to the Norfolk air base the cadets visited the station air traffic control section and saw the Tornados take off for what was to be the aircraft’s final farewell from operational service.
Tornados first took to the skies in 1979 and were first used in live operations during the Gulf war in 1991.
The RAF Typhoon will now take over as the backbone of the UK’s combat fleet alongside F 35 Lightning jets.
Volunteer staff member, Flight Sergeant Becky Trechmann-Vance said ‘I have literally had the best day at RAF Marham. I was able to sit in my favourite aircraft and see them leave and return from today’s farewell tour’
Squadron Leader David Rolfe said. ‘ Visits to RAF stations are always a great experience for our cadets and volunteer staff, fun, exciting and an opportunity to see how the RAF operates’.
Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps (Air Cadets) currently require adult volunteer staff to help run squadrons in various locations in both counties. New cadets are also always welcome. For further details on how to join visit atcdevsom.org
Air Cadets, parents and staff of 65 (Bridgwater & District) Squadron were recently joined by guests including members of the Royal British Legion and the Town’s Mayor, Cllr Diogo Rodrigues during the unveiling of the squadron’s newly designed crest.
The new crest was approved in 2018 and depicts the Willow Man sculpture which is synonymous with the local area. The Willow Man can be seen by motorists traveling on the M5 near to the town.
The crest bears the Latin inscription ‘Coeuntes Perficimus’, Together we learn.
Bridgwater Air Cadets parade on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm and are currently welcoming new cadets. There are also vacancies for adult volunteer staff.
Flying, gliding, sport, adventure training, aviation studies and target shooting are but a few of the activities on offer at the squadron.
Further details can be found by visiting http://www.bridgwateraircadets.org.uk