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75th Anniversary Cadet Muster

On Saturday 4 June 17 cadets from the squadron went to RAF Benson for the Cadet Muster to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps.  To mark the occasion RAF Benson had kindly offered to fly 700 cadets throughout the day in both Puma and Chinook helicopters.  Along with Thame Sqn the cadets from Wallingford had a special role during the day in marshalling groups of 35 cadets from squadrons as far afield as Hastings whilst they awaited and then boarded the aircraft. In addition other cadets were selected to fly in Grob Tutors from No.6 Air Experience Flight based at RAF Benson.

Besides the flying which for most cadets was the highlight of the day a number of ground exhibits covering all aspects of

6 AEF Flies 5000th Cadet

On 17 Dec 2015 cadets Ashley Bevins, Neil Cater and Sebastian Thomas, together with Cpl Chloe Sutherland from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn were part of the morning flying contingent when 6 AEF flew it’s 5000th cadet of the year.

Cadet Delanshe Edwards from 155 (Maidenhead ) Sqn was the 5000th cadet to take to the skies from RAF Benson in a Grob Tutor, piloted by Flt Lt Alan Page.

On landing cadet Edwards who only joined the ATC the previous September was congratulated by Air Vice-Marshal Andy Turner who commands No. 22 (Training) Group RAF of which 6 AEF is a part. AVM Andy Turner who himself as an experienced RAF pilot regularly donates his spare time to offer air experience flights to cadets, said: “It is fabulous to see 6

Air Rifle Competition

On Saturday 21st November nine cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn joined those from 2121 (Abingdon) Sqn to spend the day air rifle shooting.  The aim of shooting in the Air Cadet Organisation is to allow cadets to participate safely in shooting competitions with small-bore, full-bore and air rifles and develop an appreciation of shooting as a sport up to Olympic level.

Cadets were given lessons on safe handling of weapons and then specific training to use the BSA Scorpion air rifle in a safe manner. After the training each cadet had to pass a weapon handling test to confirm they had learnt the material sufficiently.

Training was followed by a range practice of five rounds grouping followed by five rounds deliberate. The aim of a grouping practice is to get

Siege of Wallingford

The cadets had a good day out at the Siege of Wallingford event on Saturday 27th June 2015. The English Civil War Society were re-enacting the Siege of Wallingford, with over 300 members of the Society re-enacting 2 battles scenes, drill displays, artillery and cavalry displays, as well as a Living History area, that gave the public a look at how craftsmen and traders would have made crafts and plied their trades at the time.

The cadets provided invaluable assistance throughout the day, giving out leaflets that told the public about events and activities throughout the day, as well as providing guidance and directions. They then also marshaled the edge of the battlefield, and had a front row seat when the ‘Cavaliers’ and ‘Royalists’ were fighting each other, although the

Royal International Air Tattoo 2015

This year, five cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn attended the two week Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) camp. We arrived at 10am on Saturday 11 July and the day began with a welcome from the Officer Commanding Engineering, shortly after which we began our primary task, erecting the campsite in time for the rest of the cadets who were attending the one week camp. The main benefit of attending the two week camp is that we had less exhausting tasks during the airshow. My flight (Buccaneer) was fortunate enough to have the entire Saturday show day off because we had been on breakfast duty that morning.

The day began between 5 and 7 am (dependant on the flight and their allotted breakfast time). Breakfast consisted of a full English breakfast