1440’s Tribute To “The Few”
On Sunday 7 July 2019 cadets and staff from 1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron, Air Training Corps were privileged to attend the annual parade and memorial service at the Battle of Britain Memorial in Capel Le Ferne near Folkstone. The Squadron had been invited to represent Sussex at this year’s event, joining over two hundred cadets from across Kent.
In the presence of veterans, invited guests and senior representatives of Commonwealth and allied air forces, including Poland, the cadets joined the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, and members of 600 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force parading the Queen’s Colour of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, in being inspected by the current deputy head of the Royal Air Force Air Marshall Andrew Turner CB CBE RAF.
Speaking to the cadets after the parade Air Marshall Turner told them how extremely proud he was to be associated with such inspiring young people and thanked them for their efforts during the parade. He went on to extol the virtues of service with the Air Cadets and urged the cadets to take full advantage of everything that the organisation has to offer, including flying, gilding and academic qualifications.
Following the parade the cadets and assembled guests were treated to a flying display by two Spitfires from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – paying tribute to “The Few” who fought for freedom all those years ago. Cadet Corporal Thomas Worth, 14, from 1440 Squadron said: “It was a real pleasure for us to attend the parade and although it was hard work, it was definitely worth it to be here with the Central Band and the veterans. We’ll definitely be back next year!”
It May Have Been the Holidays But…
It may have been the Easter Holidays but the cadets from 1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron, Air Training Corps, didn’t let it stop them. From attending a camp at RAF Brize Norton to flying, to a private helicopter flying display, the cadets have been doing it all!
Starting at the beginning of the holiday Cadet Corporal Morgan Buchanan-Wilson (aged 16 from Lancing) and Adult Sergeant Naomi Easterbrook joined cadets and staff from across Sussex for the first of the year’s annual camps at the Royal Air Force’s largest station, RAF Brize Norton. During the week-long camp they took in visits to various parts of the station including the Fire Section and the Survival Equipment Section where they learned about how the RAF’s aircrews are equipped and trained to deal with emergency situations. They visited the RAF Police Flight to learn how they work together with the RAF Regiment to protect bases and aircraft and spent time with each of the flying squadrons at the base, visiting their respective aircraft, including the Airbus A400M Atlas. To top off a great week the cadets were incredibly fortunate to be able to “fly” the RAF’s multi million-pound Atlas simulator! Morgan, who has been an Air Cadet since 2015, said: “The camp at Brize Norton was great. We spent the week learning lots about the different parts that make up an RAF base; we got to visit the different aircraft based there but the best thing of all was being able to use the Atlas simulator.”
Airbus A400M Atlas C1
Not to be outdone, Cadet Corporal Rosie Dyett (13) and Cadets Josef Ramet (15), Ethan Remorino (15), Zachary Herring (14) and Josef Tryantoro (13) spent a day with No 2 Air Experience Flight at the home of the Empire Test Pilots’ School, MoD Boscombe Down. The cadets were there to fly and after a full safety briefing, they got to take to the skies in the RAF basic trainer the Grob Tutor. Each cadet was given a flight that latest approximately 30 minutes where they had the chance to take the controls of the aircraft and to experience aerobatics (but only if they wanted to!). Rosie said: “I absolutely loved flying in the Tutor. I was really nervous to start but my pilot was really great and showed me that there was nothing to worry about – I even did a loop!” Ethan added: “I really want to fly when I’m older so the opportunity to fly with the cadets is great. I can’t wait until the next time!” Adult Sergeant Charlotte Paynter said: “The cadets really enjoyed their flights and it was really good to see how they were able to put the things they’ve learned at the Squadron into practice.”
Cpl Rosie Dyett takes control
As if all that wasn’t enough the Squadron spent an evening at Shoreham Airport as the guests of Shoreham Helicopters Ltd where they were treated to a tour of one of their aircraft by the company’s Captain Andrew Wood. Andrew spent time with the cadets explaining how helicopters fly, what the different controls do and how they operate; building on things they learn as part of their ongoing syllabus of training. Having gone through the theory Andrew treated the cadets and staff to their very own private flying display where he demonstrated exactly what his helicopter could do. Back on the ground there was just time to grab a team photo and Andrew pulled another surprise by rewarding Cadet Katie Atkinson (14) with the promise of a trial flight! Katie said: “I’m so happy to have won the flight in the helicopter – It’s a real dream come true and I can’t wait to go up!”
Learning how helicopters fly
Cdt Katie Atkinson (14)
Gliding Dreams Comes Closer for Shoreham Air Cadets
Despite last weekend’s chilly weather three cadets from 1440 (Shoreham-by-Sea) Squadron came a step closer to realising their dreams of gliding when they spent the day at the former Battle of Britain airfield at RAF Kenley in Surrey. Corporal Michael Gray (14), Corporal Rosie Dyett (13) and Cadet Joseph Ramet (15) travelled to Kenley, the home of 615 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, to become the latest in a long line of Air Cadets to pass through their doors to begin their gliding experience.
Gliding is one of the RAF Air Cadets core activities and the team were at Kenley to beginning their training to earn their “wings.” The three spent time in the hanger with qualified gliding instructors, looking over the two-seat Grob Viking T1 glider that has been used to fly cadets for many years. They learnt about how the aircraft gets into the sky and more importantly what keeps them there without engines! They also learnt how an operational gliding airfield works and how they fit in to the bigger picture.
The cadets were all itching to get into the air but, as with all things, they needed to start at the beginning which for them this meant time firmly on the ground! The cadets were able to take control of the Viking simulator together with one of the instructor team where they were able to put into practice some of the theory they had learnt earlier in the day. Rosie, from Shoreham, said: “When it was my turn to go into the simulator, I was a bit nervous to start with but my instructor was really good and it was great fun!” Joseph added: “We learn about the principles of flight at the Squadron, but it has been great to be able to actually see how it all works and experience it for myself. I can’t wait to get into the air for real!”
Sergeant Leslie Ackerman, an adult volunteer at 1440 Squadron said: “By starting the cadets off using a simulator on the ground, they are able to understand the basics of how aircraft fly and what the controls do to affect that. This makes for a much better experience when they do take to the skies.”
Passing the Ground School element of their gliding training means that the team can now progress, take to the air and put into practice some of the things they learnt in the coming months.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Cadet, Adult Volunteer or member of our Support Committee? 1440 Squadron are keen to recruit young people aged between 12 (and in Year 8 at school) to 18 as well as adults who are keen to help us deliver the best opportunities to our cadets. Interested? Drop us an e-mail at email@example.com
Corporal Gray with Instructor
Cadet Ramet behind the controls
Corporal Dyett in control