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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

Clay Target Shooting

On Saturday 3rd October nine cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Sqn joined over thirty cadets and staff from other squadrons to spend the day clay target shooting. Clay target shooting in the air cadet organisation is a civilian sport. It is an excellent sport for cadets as it helps promote self-discipline, hand-eye coordination and gives the young person a great sense of achievement when they begin to master the sport.

Sgt Morrison described the day, “upon arrival at Buckley Barracks we hopped off the bus and had our introductory safety brief to clay target shooting. We were then taught how to use the shotgun and learnt some details about the sport.”

Then the shooting began. The cadets quickly began to put the marksmanship theory into practice. Starting off with some

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

North Moreton Air Pageant

On the 5th of July sixteen cadets and four staff members from 966 (Wallingford) squadron attended the North Moreton Air Pageant organised by our Honorary President Polly Vacher, a renowned aviator who holds many world records for long distance flying including being the first person to fly solo around the world landing on all seven continents. The biennial event is used to help raise funds for local charities including the Oxfordshire air ambulance.

The day began at RAF Benson where the 966 contingent boarded an RAF Puma helicopter for a lift to North Moreton! The helicopter doors were left open during the flight which meant that we got excellent views of the river Thames and the Didcot power station with the spaces left by the recently demolished cooling towers! Once

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

RAF Benson Families’ Day

On Monday 20 July 2015 a number of cadets from Wallingford joined cadets from other squadrons to provide support in the organisation of the annual RAF Benson Families’ Day which is one of the ways the station shows appreciation of the sacrifices service personnel and their families make on a daily basis.

Initially, cadets helped set up various exhibits and demonstrations and later in the day provided support with car parking, crowd line control and RAFBF charity collections.  The bonus of the day is that they witnessed first-hand the impressive display of flying in the afternoon starting with the Red Arrows who despite the low cloud performed most of their repertoire of precision flying. This was followed by two flypasts of the Avro Vulcan XH558 which is in its last

Air Experience Flying

On the morning of Friday 27 February 8 cadets from 966 (Wallingford) Squadron attended air experience flying at RAF Benson. This was the first time cadets from the squadron had been flying during a normal school week. For this thanks should go to the head teachers of Wallingford and Langtree Schools for granting permission for Wallingford cadets who attend those schools to participate in this opportunity.

Sgt Joe Morrison, Cpl Matthew Osborne, Cdts Toby Wales, Cameron Albon-Wilkinson and Nicholas Brown from Wallingford School joined Cdts Nicola Payne, Mollie Judd and Thomas Bartlett from Langtree School to experience what was a perfect day for flying.  Also attending with Wallingford in the morning were another 8 cadets from Woodley and Witney squadrons.

The cloudless sky on Friday, in contrast to the weather

The Sky’s the Limit

Over the last few months, 966 (Wallingford) Squadron Air Cadets has seen a number of cadets developing their leadership and communication skills. The Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader Chris Johnson, recently promoted Cadets Joseph Morrison and Ethan Baggott to the rank of Cadet Sergeant and Cadets Matthew Osborne and Charlie Steptoe to the rank of Cadet Corporal, putting them on the first rung of the Non-Commissioned Officer ladder.

Squadron Leader Johnson, said “One of the aims of the Air Cadets is to develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship. When we promote cadets we aim to encourage the growth of their leadership skills, and encourage them to take on a greater role in running their Squadron. It also recognises the effort and enthusiasm they have shown so far in their