Air Cadets and volunteer staff from Devon & Somerset Wing have spent a day at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton watching the international air display which is held there annually.  Many of the cadets also helped out at the event by selling air day programmes, helping to raise money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

This year’s highlights at the show included the famous RAF Red Arrows, and a display of two Spanish Navy Harriers, an aircraft type not seen at RNAS Yeovilton for several years.

The air cadets also saw an impressive display given by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which consisted of a Spitfire, Hurricane and of course the Lancaster Bomber. Those wishing to sharpen up their aircraft recognition skills were also able to see some rare aircraft types amongst the static ground displays.

Many of the air cadets went aboard a US Air Force C17 Boeing Globemaster transport aircraft which was visiting the show.  The RAF also operates this aircraft type in the strategic transport role.

The air show concluded with its trade mark Commando assault, demonstrating the abilities of several aircraft types when supporting ground operations.

A great time was had by the cadets and staff who plan to visit the event again next year.


Air Cadets at 1182 (Shepton Mallet) Squadron have been learning about basic photography during a recent visit to their squadron from Devon & Somerset Wings’ Media Communications Officer Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe.

The cadets were issued with cameras and following a briefing they took part in a photographic exercise in and around the squadron HQ. A number of photographic tasks were set for the cadets to complete all within a limited time.

Squadron Leader Dave Rolfe said “ I hope tonight’s training

will encourage the cadets to develop a practical interest in photography which will help them to achieve good results in cadet photographic competitions which are run annually at Wing, Region and Corps level. It is also a good skill to for those cadets taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.”

Do you have a skill you could share with the Air Cadets? If you’re aged 20 or over you can volunteer as an adult member of staff. There is no need for military experience or any form of previous training – we’ll take care of that. We’re just looking for suitable, enthusiastic individuals to help our cadets get the most from their time with us. If you do already have a skill or qualification which will be of use then all the better.

The benefits of being a part of the Air Cadet Organisation are the same for volunteers as for cadets – the opportunity to do lots of exciting activities and develop personal skills and talents. As a volunteer this is free to you!

For further details on volunteering with the Royal Air Force Air Cadets phone our membership line and we can help you get started joining us: 0345 6006601 or visit www.raf.mod/aircadets


Squadron Leader Richard Bagnall, Officer Commanding 299 (Exmouth) Squadron and Projects Officer for Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps has been presented with a third clasp to the Cadet Forces Medal (CFM).

The Cadet Forces Medal is awarded to recognise long and efficient service by commissioned officers and non-commissioned adult instructors of the UK cadet forces.

The CFM is awarded after twelve years of service and a clasp is awarded for every six years of service completed thereafter. The clasp is worn on the medal.

The presentation was carried out by Wing Commander John Parsons, the Commanding Officer of Devon & Somerset Wing during a recent parade night at Exmouth Squadron.

Richard became a an Adult Warrant Officer on completion of his time as a cadet. He was later commissioned in 1995 and completed initial officer training.

Squadron Leader Bagnall is not just a busy squadron commander, he is also a qualified range officer, mountain leader and mountain bike instructor. Richard also organises  battle field trips for cadets to visit the D Day Beaches of Normandy.

For further information on becoming an adult volunteer with the Air Cadets in Devon & Somerset phone our membership line on 0345 6006601 or visit

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