Squadron takes tour of RAF aircraft base

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Air cadets and staff of 1279 Melton Mowbray squadron spent the day exploring different units at RAF Coningsby.

The cadets spent the morning having an up close tour of the aircraft within the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

They were given access to have a look at some of the rarest aircraft within the RAF fleet including some of the Spitfire fleet and the legendary Lancaster aircraft.

The BBMF guide gave the cadets some of the history behind the great achievements of the aircraft and their use in the Second World War.

The cadets were also offered the chance to have a look inside the Dakota aircraft before they got to see it take off for a BBMF display flight.

All were then given the oportunity to see some of the latest aircraft in the RAF fleet including the Tornado and Typhoon.

Cadet Jack Criddle (12), said: “It was amazing, absolutely amazing. The typhoons were awesome.”

The visit was arranged by Flying Officer Dan McGlynn RAFVR(T), the RAF Coningsby Air Cadet Liaison Officer and Captain Chris Davidson, Royal Engineers.

The Air Cadet Organisation is a youth organisation - made up of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF) (RAF section), that provides opportunities for young people aged 12 to 20. Cadets are offered the chance to experience flying, gliding, target shooting, take part in seven major sports, adventure training and many other activities.

As well as these, cadets get the opportunity to gain qualifications such as BTECs and First Aid qualifications.

To find out more about the (Melton Mowbray) Squadron Air Training Corps visit www.1279atc.org.uk