299 Exmouth Squadron managed to secure a final flight in a Sea King Mk 4 on Thursday 17th March, days before the Junglies fly their farewell tour of the South West.
Former Cadet of 299 Exmouth Sqn, Lt Cdr Robert Bond RN, kindly arranged for the Sea King to land at Commando Training Centre RM Lympstone in order to fly 40 Staff and Cadets, along with the Principle and Deputy Principle from Exmouth Community College, where the majority of the Sqn’s Cadets go to school. The College has kindly allowed the Sqn to operate from their premises while the build of the new Exmouth Joint Cadet Training Centre takes place.
Lt Cdr Bond flew the four sticks of 10 cadets and staff around the local area, which included a flypast over Exmouth Community College and 299 Squadron, very fitting before the closure of the 40 year old Sqn building on the 31st March.
Flt Lt Rich Bagnall, Staff and Cadets would like to thank Lt Cdr Bond for his support, flying the cadets on numerous occasions over the years and wish him well as he moves on to fly the Merlin later this year.
Members of 13 (City of Exeter) Squadron Air Training Corps recently enjoyed a visit to the Headquarters of the Army Air Corps (AAC) as part of their training program.
Cadets and Staff from the Wyvern Barracks based unit travelled to Middle Wallop Airfield in Hampshire. The day started with a look at a Gazelle AH1 helicopter with 7 Regiments Conversion Flight, the unit that trains British Army pilots to fly the Gazelle. Afterwards they were given a safety brief before being spit into groups of four & enjoyed a fantastic 25 minute flight in the aircraft round the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
After lunch the Cadets were given a talk on the AAC, the British Army’s air element, including recruitment opportunities. They were then shown the Lynx storage area where recently retired Army and Navy Lynx are having parts such as their gearboxes removed before they are scrapped, to be reused in the production of the new Agusta Westland Wildcat helicopter which are being built in Yeovil.
The day finished with a visit to 763 Squadron (the Army’s Apache attack helicopter training unit) for a talk on the aircraft’s systems and capabilities. The Cadets then had a walk round of the aircraft and were able to sit in the cockpit. One of the comments made was how big the Apache actually is, it’s only less than half a meter shorter than the massive Chinooks flown by the Royal Air Force.
Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, Ambassador for the RAF Air Cadets has paid a flying visit to RAF St Mawgan. She flew down from Colerne Airfield with the Commanding Officer of Bristol University Air, Squadron Squadron Leader Baz Ervine, himself a former Air Cadet at 2349 Ballymena Squadron.
Hon Gp Capt Vorderman and Sqn Ldr Ervine were visiting the detachment of 3 Air Experience Flight who are based at RAF St Mawgan. The flight gave Air Cadets from the Region an opportunity to fly in a Grob Tutor. The Detachment has been run for twenty years by local pilot, Flight Lieutenant Alan Quartly. So far this year, 289 Air Cadets have been flown, they have experienced aerobatics and the handling of the aircraft’s controls .
Hon Gp Capt Vorderman met Air Cadets from Devon and Somerset Wing who were being briefed prior to their flights. After lunch in the T E Lawrence Mess she went on to meet Air Cadets and volunteers who were on their annual camp as they were preparing to use the Laser Tag equipment. Hon Gp Capt Vorderman said: “It’s a beautiful day in Cornwall, as it always is. The Air Cadets and staff are obviously happy to be here. The Air Cadets are very, very excited and perhaps a bit nervous about their first flights, but I understand that!”.
After enjoying a traditional Cornish cream tea with the staff of Plymouth and Cornwall Wing Headquarters, Hon Gp Capt Vorderman departed for Colerne in the Grob Tutor.