YEAR 9 RAF(CCF) TRIP TO RAF LEEMING
Year 9 RAF cadets enjoyed their first visit to an RAF base in North Yorkshire this week, after passing their Part 1 Theory, which covers basic principles of flight, dress, regulations and drill.
RAF Leeming is home to 100 Squadron and their fleet of Hawk Fighter Jets welcomed us on a overcast but, thankfully, dry day. We were met by the Station’s ACLO, Flg Officer Ireland who gave the cadets a quick run through of protocol, paying respects and general health and safety matters.
The Cadets were given a brief histroy of 100 Squadron (famous for amongst other things their aggressive skull and crossbones crest) from one of the pilots and were then taken to the hanger to be shown, close up, the workings of a Hawk Jet. Cadets also saw in passing the Grob-Tutor plane they will be using in their flight training starting after half term.
We then had an opportunity to try the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT), essentially an electronic firing range using real video footage to train members of the forces, this was followed by a tour of Flg Officer Ireland’s armoury where the cadets got a chance to handle a range of weapons including captured AK47s and even an RPG.
The cadets caught a glimpse of what life at an RAF Station was like, seemed to enjoy the buzz of the constant sound of jet engines and weapon testing, and are looking forward to developing their RAF careers within the CCF.
Matt McVoy, OC RAF Section, Sedbergh CCF