Guernsey

Guernsey's first intake of RAF air cadets

  • 6 September 2012
  • From the section Guernsey

Guernsey's first air cadets have completed their basic training and have passed out as members of the Air Training Corps.

The group of 11 cadets will now be put forward for more advanced training and will take part in ceremonial duties.

These will include the Battle of Britain parade on 16 September, which will be the first to take place without a significant RAF presence.

This is due to the disbanding of 201 Squadron last year.

The Kinloss based squadron had been affiliated to Guernsey since 1939 and its members traditionally attended events on the island during Battle of Britain Week.

Flt Lt David Poole, who set up the new unit in April, said Guernsey was a very suitable place to train cadets.

"There are lots of opportunities for adventure training and good air links, so it makes sense," he said.

As well as instruction in flying subjects, the cadets visited the Channel Island Air Search at Guernsey Airport.

A further intake of cadets is planned to begin in October for those aged 13 or over at the end of that month.

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