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Reds Set Cadets Helmet Challenge

Published: 04 Apr 2016   updated: 03 May 2016

The Red Arrows have launched a competition asking Air Cadets to design Red 1's flying helmet, with the winning design worn during the team's display at the Royal International Air Tattoo in July. 

The Air Tattoo is staging official celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation, and there are a range of activities planned including the official march past and a static display of Air Cadet gliders through the ages.

The helmet, featuring the successful design, will be presented to Squadron Leader, David Montenegro, Red 1 and Team leader of the Red Arrows by the winning Air Cadet at RAF Fairford.

The brief for the young designers is to create an image that combines most effectively, two themes: the Air Cadets' 75th anniversary and the Red Arrows. 

Squadron Leader Montenegro said: "The look of the Red Arrows' flying helmet has changed little over the years since the team's first season in 1965 - making this competition very special. 

"Air Cadets are being given a unique opportunity to celebrate their organisation's 75th anniversary in a bold, fun and very high profile way. 

"The Royal International Air Tattoo is one of the Red Arrow's biggest shows of the year and tens of thousands of people will see the display in which the winning helmet design is being flown. 

"Combined with all of the other activities being staged at the event to mark the anniversary, this should make the Air Tattoo a great setting for the culmination of the competition.

"Hopefully, this will be a fitting tribute to the Air Cadets but also encourage even more young people to join the organisation, be inspired by aviation ad learn how they could be the next generation of the RAF. 

Young designers will have to be quick as all entries must be submitted by Monday, April 18, with a Red Arrows' judging panel sifting through the entries to decide on the winner. 

The RAF Air Cadets comprises both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), with many cadets having gone on to join the RAF, including several Red Arrows pilots, past and present. 

For more information about how to enter the competition visit the RAF website here

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