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Magnificent March Marks 75th Anniversary of Air Cadets

Published: 09 Jul 2016

Hundreds of air cadets and volunteer staff have put their best foot forward in a special march to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets at the Air Tattoo.

Accompanied by the RAF Air Cadets national band, the 750-strong group marched along the showground at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire to give an "eyes right" to Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford and the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE.

Celebrity-aviator and RAF Air Cadet Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman, also joined other senior officers at the event.

The cadets, aged 12-19 from across the UK, paraded in front of a crowd of several thousand air show visitors before joining in the youth-themed activities at the Air Tattoo, celebrating innovation and technology. 

Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty said: "This is one of the largest events we have organised to mark our anniversary and it has been quite a spectacle. The cadets have been polishing their shoes and ironing their uniforms for days to make sure they look immaculate.

"They have been incredibly excited about the prospect of seeing the Chief of the Air Staff and they are always thrilled to see our Ambassador Group Captain Carol Vorderman.

"We are very grateful to RIAT for helping us celebrate our anniversary in such a memorable way."

Air cadet Dan Lifton from 1446 (Clevedon) Squadron said about the parade: "What an experience!  I can't thank RIAT enough for letting us march up Patrons Way."

Fellow cadet, Ben Jones, also from 1446 Squadron added: "I couldn't quite take it in at first. There were lots of people clapping when we marched past."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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