When we arrived at Cosford in the minibuses, we were spilt into two groups. One group was led by Flt Lt Tipping and the other was led by Fg Off Kennaugh.
We were taken around the hangars and showed many aircrafts, not only planes but helicopters too, and even a tank in the War in the Air display. There are many displays such as the War in the Air Hangar, the National Cold War Exhibition, Hangar 1, the History of the Royal Air Force Gallery, and the Test Flight hangar. There was also an outdoor display. We were taught many things about all the displays, such as what the ailerons, flaps, elevators and rudders do and where they are on a plane, and how the British nicknamed the Japanese planes because they could not pronounce the Japanese names.
After looking around a few of the hangars and learning lots about the aircrafts we had lunch on the minibuses and switched groups. We walked around the remaining hangars, learning more about the aircrafts and their histories. For instance, we learnt that previously, before the Grob Tutor, there was the Bulldog and before that the Chipmunk used for training piolets. Later we were given a quiz sheet and were told that the person who gets the most answers right would win £10. Because of this we all tried extremely hard to get most answers. We explored the hangars ourselves and tried to find all the answers, sometimes having to go back to hangers several times!
We arrived back at the minibuses at the arranged time to mark our quizzes and headed back to the squadron.
611 (Woodvale) Squadron ATC were recently given the unique opportunity to travel to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium.
The cadets were given permission from their respective schools and travelled as a unit across the channel.
Once they arrived the cadets visited memorials and sites of military significance. These included Tyne Cot cemetery which is the largest cemetery to commonwealth forces in the world. However, the staff ensured the cadets visited Langemark German cemetery to ensure they understood the scale of the conflict and that both nations paid the ultimate price.
The cadets agreed the highlight of the visit was the parade at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. Cdt Sgt Walker and Flying Officer Kennaugh laid a wreath on behalf of the British Legion and the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA).
The last post ceremony has taken place at the Menin Gate, every day since the end of the conflict at exactly 8pm. The only exception was during the four year German occupation of Ypres during the Second World War. The cadets were humbled by this experience. They were proud to represent their squadron and pay their respects.
The trip also included visits to museums in Passchendaele and Ypres and also to restored British and German trench networks. This brought the textbooks many had read prior to the visit, to life and they were able to understand the conflict from a personal perspective.
However, the cadets were given some free time and spent some time sampling Belgian chocolate and waffles and also explored the town of Ypres.
On their way back to the Zebrugge Ferry Port the group took the time to explore the Dunkirk beaches and Bruges.
Overall the cadets believed that it was an unforgettable experience and they were thankful to the staff at 611, for giving them the opportunity to represent the Air Training Corps abroad and improve their historical knowledge.
So you’ve landed on our website, which means you’re either on the wrong website, or you want to be an Air Cadet!
Here at 611 you can fly, shoot, camp and much more. You’ll make loads of new friends in no time at all, and most of all, you’ll learn something new.
It’s best you know that we’re no kind of recruiting organisation for the Armed Forces, however it will teach you invaluable skills if you do decide to join in the future. Whatever you want to achieve, we’ll help you get there, the Air Cadet Organisation will always provide you with confidence.
If you’re not sure whether it’s right for you, it’s best to try it and find out. Many recruits that join are persuaded by their friends and/or family, and it’s only after a few parade nights that you’ll start to realise what we can offer you!
So how old do you have to be to join? Whether you’re male or female, as long as you’re between 13, or aged 12 and in year 8 or equivalent at school, and 17 years old you can join us.
The maximum age to be able to join us is 17 years old, therefore you can request to join us anytime between your 12th and 17th birthday. If you are above that age group and still want to join the Air Training Corps, you may want to look at becoming a Civilian Instructor or a uniformed memebr of staff!
This years Annual Dining in Night was undoubtedly a successful night and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
The night started with the formal photo and once everyone had sat down the squadron padre, Reverend Anne Taylor, saying grace. We then enjoyed a tasty minestrone soup and a buttered roll as a starter. Between the time of finishing the soup and waiting for the main course my fellow cadets and I reminisced about our recruitment and early days of being a cadet, joking around and then talked about squadron matters. The main course arrived which was seasoned chicken, vegetables and gravy or the vegetarian option which was a cheese filled pasta in tomato sauce and vegetables. I enjoyed my meal and presumed everyone else did as all the plates I could see were empty.
Dessert was a lovely choice; profiteroles and chocolate sauce with strawberries and cream. This part of the meal disappeared in an instant; delicious. The hot drinks and mints were then served as everyone relaxed with a full stomach. Toasts were then started by Mr Vice (Cadet Warburton) and there were many inspirational stories told and kudos dished out to various staff and officers as well as the caterers and cadets. Once all the speeches were finished and we were dismissed by Mr Vice I and other cadets mingled with the guests and officers. After an hour or so of chatting and getting some good advice on joining the RAF I went home. A very good evening in my eyes.
Cadet Corporal Delahunty