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Cdt-James-McGough-on-High-RopesThree cadets from 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron ATC, rounded off their summer holidays, having the time of their life by attending a Dorset/Wilts Wing Summer Camp at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, a Tri Service training base.

Cadets Evan Conley, Benjamin Bassindale and James McGough spent their respective weeks experiencing what life is like on an operational RAF station in a week packed full of section visits and other activities.

The section visits to Aero Systems Training Wing (part of No 1 School of Technical Training) proved particularly popular where they were shown where air men and women are trained in various trades such as airframe, propulsion, avionics, air electrical and weapons.  The cadets also got the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of an RAF Tornado GR4 used to train armory crew.

They also experienced the thrill of the high ropes course at RAF Shawbury and learned team skills on the low ropes course back at RAF Cosford.

The cadets also visited the West Midlands Air Ambulance which has a helicopter based at the Air Field at RAF Cosford.  The crew showed them around the helicopter and told them about the type of incidents they are called to and the area they cover.  They were told they are called out on average five times a day at a cost of around £2,500 per flight.

Cadets-and-Squirrel-hellicopter-at-RAF-ShawburyThe cadets on Cdt McGough’s week had a special treat as they were all given a flight in a Squirrel Helicopter of the Defence Helicopter Flying School.  Cdt McGough said "The flight was amazing, I really enjoyed it."

When asked what the cadets thought of his camp overall, Cadet Conley replied instantly, "It was the best camp I’ve ever been on, and I hope to go on the next summer camp."

If you are interested in joining the air cadets, Malmesbury ATC is open Mondays and Thursdays, 1900-2130. For further information, please contact Flying Officer Wakefield at

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