Due to building works at our Squadron Headquarters we are temporarily meeting at the Venture Centre, Lawford on Mondays and at the Community Hall, near the twin towers in Mistley. For directions, please click on the respective link. Our exciting new expansion plans are to include new classrooms, toilet and kitchen facilities and we hope to move back into our completed building early in 2016. To contact us you can still call the Commanding Officer on 07702-232507 and email us, click here.
During the second week of August some of our Cadets and staff attended the annual wing camp at RAF Benson near Oxford. It was a full and packed schedule all week with Cadets from several squadrons in the wing and although the accommodation was in tents the weather was mostly sunny and clear with the exception of brief heavy rain at the end of the week. The junior ranks mess was excellent, with a varied choice breakfasts and evening meals. A packed lunch was provided each day as we all needed to stay flexible.
RAF Benson is a very active station and come Monday morning it was a hive of activity. Service personnel from not just the RAF were busy in their roles, there were also members of the Navy, Army, Police and even forces from other allied countries using the facilities that Benson has to offer.
Among the many varied activities that Cadets participated in were; flying in the Westland Merlin HC Mk.3, AEF in the Grob Tutor, visits to see the Westland Puma of 33 Squadron. We also visited many of the active sections around the base such as; Air Traffic Control, the fire and engineering sections. There was also a mixture of sports, swimming, initiative exercises and drill to keep the cadets busy with very little free time in the evening left before roll-call and lights out.
Not all activities were on-base, trips were organised to RAF Hendon Museum, Thorpe Park, Windsor Castle and a hilarious evening ‘ghost walk’ in the city of Oxford.
Some of the cadets were also lucky enough to visit and fly in the flight simulators at RAF Benson. It is only one of four installations in the world with the capabilities to host multiple crews interacting together at the same time. With six fully functioning aircraft simulators at over 28 million GBP each, the installations are a serious piece of hardware.
An end-of-week party rounded of the fun and several awards were made, including ‘most improved cadet’ to our own Cadet Woods. Congratulations and well done!
Read more about the history of RAF Benson: Wikipedia – RAF_Benson
Our Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty has a facebook page which may interest you all. It can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Air-Cadet-Organisation/167522029980199?fref=ts#!/comdtac?fref=ts
Don’t forget this year’s Tendring Show, where cadets who come and help out, will get free access to the show on the day. Plus all the efforts the Squadron puts in over the weekend earn valuable funds for the following years activities. Please ask the C.O. for details and get your name down. We will camping overnight with the usual BBQ and entertainment provided. http://www.tendringshow.co.uk/
Manningtree Air Cadets recently held a rifle training course for all levels of cadets. They learnt to strip and clean the parts of L98 A2 rifle, a cadet version of the current weapon used by all active UK forces.
The new Winter 2012 issue of the Air Cadets is now available online Read online now >>
Happy New Year to you all, I hope you all had a good Christmas Break. 2012 is going to be another action packed year for us all with many activities to take part in. Please take note of the latest schedule which we are now trying to plan 2 months ahead for you but many of the activities will have further information posted on the noticeboard within the Squadron Hall. Names for this year Summer Camp at RAF Odiham can soon be put on the list – so get your name down early if you would like to go!
As always we are here to learn, experience different activities and have fun. You will only gain from the Squadron with what you put in – so keep up the hard work and the acheivments and you will get the rewards…… To 2012!!!
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This year’s show again proved popular with the crowds and the Air Cadets Stand was as busy as ever. We were accompanied by 614 Squadron Gliding School with their Aircraft on display. Staff from the School in Essex were on hand to demonstrate the controls and help aspiring pilots into the cockpit. After the show the Cadets begun the demanding task of clearing the site for the rest of the weekend, camping overnight. This is one of our many fund raising events of the year, so many thanks to all that helped this year.