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Trust Clothing Fosters Team Spirit For International Air Cadet Exchange

Published: 15 Aug 2016


This year's British representatives on the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) programme have smart new clothing thanks to a grant from the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT). 

The Trust sponsored new polo shirts, soft shell jackets (featuring the IACE badge and RAFCT logo) and rucksacks for the 90 UK cadets heading overseas to 17 different countries. 

Air Cadet Ollie Case, aged 18, modelled the new clothing at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). He described the Trust sponsored clothing as: "Stylish, comfortable and it's totally going to bring us all together and help us feel part of a team."

Squadron Leader Gordon McElroy, project officer for IACE, said, "It looks modern and professional. You feel better and proud to represent your country with the right image." 

Of the exchange programme he said, "It's an incredible opportunity for the Cadets and a pinnacle of their cadet career to go overseas." The IACE began in 1947 and aims to foster international understanding, goodwill and friendship among young people interested in aviation. The organisation now comprises 20 nations, with approximately 600 cadets and staff exchanging annually. 

Cadets from Ghana, Sweden and the Ukraine visited RIAT. Sqn Ldr McElroy said, "There are 750 cadets here at RIAT, it's an enormous camp which is bigger than the entire Ghanaian or Ukrainian Cadet organisation. For cadets visiting from all three of the countries, they've never seen the aircraft we have here or anything on this size or scale." 

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