AIR CADETS - CONINGSBY SQN CONTINUES TO GROW…

AIR CADETS – CONINGSBY SQN CONTINUES TO GROW…

17 (CONINGSBY) SQUADRON ATC CONTINUES ITS FULL PROGRAMME INTO THE AUTUMN, MIXING COLLECTING FOR ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, WITH “SHOOTING” EACH OTHER AT THE LASER QUEST BOWL AT SKEGNESS OR SOARING IN THE SKIES ABOVE RAF CRANWELL, 17 SQUADRON CONTINUE TO HAVE AN INTERESTING AND ENGAGING PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR 12 TO 18 YEAR OLDS.

During the past few months, we have been lucky enough to have nearly 16 flying places allocated by Trent Wing. Our cadets report to the Air Experience Flying School at RAF Cranwell, where they receive their basic parachute training (don’t worry there hasn’t being incident involving a cadet needing to use a parachute in over 60 years) to then take a flight in the Grob 115E Tutor T Mk1. During this flight, which lasts on average 45 minutes, they are allowed to take the controls giving the cadets a very unique flying experience.

17TH SEPTEMBER – LASER Quest, both the cadets and staff enjoyed an evening off base at the LASER Quest Bowl in Skegness.

10TH OCTOBER – Air Combat Power Visit (ACPV) at RAF Coningsby. 12 cadets from our Squadron joined 31 Cadets from 4 different Squadrons of Trent Wing and were treated to a full brief about the current Royal Air Force’s deployable capabilities showcased during the Air Combat Power Visit. On this very special tour of the event, the cadets got to see; Typhoon, E-3D Sentry AEW1, Tornado GR4, Hercules C130-J, CH-47 Boeing Chinook amongst others. What was of special interest was Atlas A400M; they were the first cadets to see this new aircraft in Lincolnshire as it was only delivered to the RAF under a year ago.

29TH OCTOBER – Annual Formal Parade from Trent Wing Air Cadet HQ. The reviewing Officer was Squadron Leader Mike Lewis who was treated to the Parade being in 41 Squadron’s Hangar with Typhoon aircraft forming the backdrop. With 29 cadets on parade the Formal Inspection was followed by a March Past. The Squadron Leader spoke individually to most of the cadets. Then he gave a highly praiseworthy speech to all cadets saying how well 17 Squadron had performed over the last year and how good it was to see so many young cadets to take the Squadron forward.

October also saw a change in our Officer in Command. The previous Officer Commanding Flight Lieutenant Rob Eyre stood down to be succeeded by Flight Lieutenant Francine Mahmud VRT. Flight Lieutenant Eyre was presented with an engraved tankard with the 17 Squadron Crest and the largest cake ever seen on the Squadron. Flight Lieutenant Francine Mahmud said, “I am delighted to take the post of OC 17 (Coningsby) Sqn ATC. I have joined an excellent team of staff and enthusiastic cadets. I look forward to leading the Squadron into a successful 2016.”

5TH NOVEMBER – Bonfire Night. The cadets helped with the stewarding of the event, which guaranteed them a front row to see the fireworks display. A good time was had by all.

8TH NOVEMBER – Remembrance Sunday. In addition to parading with RAFA, RBL, Scouts and Guides through the streets of Coningsby both the Staff and Cadets gave up their time to collect for the Royal British Legion for several weekends prior to the parade. It was so good to see such a great turn out with our young people, not only collecting for such a good cause but keeping it alive for the next generation.

17 Squadron continues to go from strength to strength and we are currently planning weekends and weeks away throughout 2016. The Air Training Corps is open to all young people between 12 and 18 and provides a wide range of activities from Sports, Shooting, Camping, Flying, Hiking, Field-craft, D of E, plus all the usual Squadron team building and initiative challenges. We are continually looking to recruit not only young people but adult volunteers. If you are interested in finding out more please call on 07928 214981 or email oc.17@aircadets.org

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