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Cadets Set To Soar At Aerospace Camp

Published: 19 Aug 2016

The Air Cadet Organisation continues its 75th anniversary celebrations at RAF Syerston this week with a National Aerospace Camp, supported by the RAF Charitable Trust. 

On August 20, over 200 cadets from both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) will travel from around the country and Cyprus to attend the camp, hosted by No. 2 Flying Training School. 

Selected because of their interest in aviation and aerospace-related sectors the cadets will benefit from the camp's programme of aviation, engineering, communication and aerospace activities. 

These include visits to several RAF bases including RAF Coningsby and RAF Scampton as well as trips to both the preservation centre at Newark Air Museum and the National Space Centre. 

At RAF Syerston the cadets will be able to take part in Air Traffic Control exercises, communication qualifications and glider experience flights. They will also spend time on the Trust sponsored Part Task Trainers which help teach cadets the basics of flying before they try out the real thing. 

The trusted provided organisers with a grant of £10,000 to help fund both the camp logistics and activities to ensure the cadets would be able to get the most from the experience. 

Amanda Butcher, Director of the RAF Charitable Trust said "the Trustees were delighted to support this event as it not only supports the Air Cadets as individuals, offering them a unique experience, but it also fits so well with the Trust's aim of encouraging airmindedness and aviation related education." 

RAF Charitable Trust Chairman, Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson will visit the camp on Wednesday, August 24 to take a look at what the cadets have been up to, before they are treated to a display from the RAF Aerobatic Display Team, the Red Arrows. 

The camp aims to provide a unique insight into aviation and aerospace in a programme not usually available as part of the Air Cadet Organisation's standard training. 

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