Over 1400 cadets and staff attended the North Region Cadet Aviation Day at RAF Topcliffe. The event saw RAF Air Cadets, Army Cadets and Combined Cadet Force Cadets flown in either an RAF Chinook or Puma helicopter, as well as taking part in many other activities.
After months of careful planning, over 1000 Cadets and Staff from North Region Air Cadets along with Cadets and Staff from Scotland and Northern Ireland Region, the Combined Cadet Force and the Army Cadets attended RAF Topcliffe, in North Yorkshire, for the event. The highlight for those attending was a flight in an RAF Chinook or Puma helicopter.
The flights were provided by either 27 Squadron RAF Odiham, who were able to provide 3 Chinook HC2 helicopters, or 28 (AC) Squadron, RAF Benson, who provided 2 Puma HC2 helicopters.
Cadets were able to get a 15 minute flight in one of the aircraft, while the air crew used the event to train for a non-combatant evacuation. A win – win for each group.
After the 1206 cadets had been flown, the Civilian Instructors, who had attended the day to supervise the cadets, were offered the chance to also fly. This was followed by the uniformed staff, who were also given the chance to fly.
When not engaged in flying, the cadets were able to take part in team building and leadership activities provided by the RAF Careers teams, scale the mobile climbing wall, covering a total distance greater than Mount Everest, talk to the RAF Regiment and see some of their equipment, discuss the Vigilant gliders with 645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, see a Tucano from RAF Linton on Ouse or engage in target shooting on the DCCT electronic range.
The day was also attended by the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. This was an unexpected bonus for the cadets, who got to meet her and take several selfies with her.
By the end of the event, the smiles on the Cadet’s and Staff’s faces said it all. It had been a great success, enjoyed by all and appreciated by everyone.
After the event, Air Cdre McCafferty said “Never seen so many air cadets in one place or so many smiling cadets and staff. A truly memorable day.”
Caption: Staff boarding a Chinook for the final flights
Caption: Team Building and Problem Solving with RAF Careers
Caption: Cadets boarding a Chinook for the first flights
Caption: Cadets on the mobile climbing tower.
Caption: Cadets returning after their flight
Caption: Civilian Instructors exiting a Chinook after their flight
Caption: Chinooks are like buses, you wait for one…
Caption: RAF Regiment talk to the Cadets
Caption: A very happy staff cadet after their flight
Caption: Air Cdre McCafferty talks to the cadets and staff
Caption: Cadets on the electronic range
Caption: End of the Day