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2 days ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

AIR COMBAT POWER VISIT - RAF CONINGSBY

Cadets from 104 Squadron, escorted by OC104, Flt Lt Henry Bowden & CI Mike Jenvey, visited wet & windy RAF Coningsby to see exhibitions of RAF equipment / deployable & main units & static aircraft. Overall, some 500 cadets & 100 staff from Beds & Cambs Wg took part in the visit. Unfortunately, the bad weather meant that the planned Tornado display could not go ahead.

After an initial presentation, fortunately in a nice dry hangar, the cadets & staff were split into 4 large groups, & were escorted around the different ground displays.

There were too many exhibits to mention them all, but they included Aviation Medicine, RAF Space, Forward Logistics, Air Movements, Force Protection & deployable Intelligence. The highlights were being able to look around the Atlas A400 tactical / strategic transport aircraft & an American P-8 Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft - the RAF is scheduled to receive deliveries of the P-8 in 2020, to be based at RAF Lossiemouth.

Despite the cold & rain, it was a very enjoyable & informative day's visit - with strong reminders that there are numerous departments / personnel not often seen in main view of RAF operations - but without them, the overall product would be very poor indeed!

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Mon 05 Nov, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.
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2 weeks ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

Day sixty-one of #100Faces is Cadet Georgia Pescod from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron.

Although she has only been in the Corps for a little over a year, she has already attended the RAF 100 camp, completed bronze cyber, blue leadership, radio and heartstart! She placed 3rd in the Corps at 800m and 2nd in the Corps at 400m at the inter-region athletics competition this year.
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4 weeks ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

Congratulations to FS Kidger on receiving best achiever for 2017-2018 during his apprenticeship.

Well done!Today our top #engineering Apprentices were awarded following nominations for best achiever and top apprentice across the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students. We proudly recognise the achievements of our #apprentices as they lead into the future of the aerospace and defence industry.
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1 month ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

FIRST STEP TO BLUE FLYING BADGE

Two cadets from 104 Squadron, Georgia Pescod & Paige Quigley, travelled with the Squadron Aerospace Officer, CI MIke Jenvey, to visit 614 VGS at their new site at Swanton Morely (ex-RAF airfield, but now an Army barracks).

The cadets went to attend classroom lectures about principles of flight & aircraft flight controls, but more importantly, to experience the Part Task Trainer (PTT). This is a "no-motion" form of aircraft simulator, but a huge step up from a home computer / flight simulator software. The PTT is based around the full-sized front section of a glider, with associated instruments & flight controls.

In order to gain a Blue Flying badge, cadets have to complete a session in the PTT & either a glider or AEF flight. Cadets Pescod & Quigley are now halfway there, having been instructed in, & demonstrating how to fly & land aircraft; they were presented with their certificates after successfully completing the "Cadet Aviation Familiarisation Course."

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Mon 10 Sep, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.
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We have some trophies!!!

First prize (Individual) for 3 Position Air Rifle, & Team 2nd place, 3 Position Air Rifle.

This is across the entire Air Training Corps!

Presentation in the near future.

Interested in joining? Our next recruitment evening is Mon 10 Sep, 1930 hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8RS.
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2 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

RAF 100 Multi Activity Camp

Around 250 Air Cadets with accompanying staff have attended a Multi Activity Camp to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of their parent service, Royal Air Force.

The Cadets, from all corners of Central & East Region, have undertaken activities that are designed to offer an insight into the Past, Present and Future of the RAF as well as sampling elements of Royal Air Force Air Cadet training

Based at the Defence Training Camp at Beckingham, Lincolnshire, the cadets have taken part in activities including clay pigeon shooting, swimming, archery, mountain biking, orienteering and paddle sports. Visits were made to RAF Stations giving cadets a close look at the present day RAF and to the Newark Air Museum and the City of Lincoln to provide the sense of history. The future are the cadets themselves and their activities are designed to maintain the Air cadet motto, “Venture, Adventure”. They have received training that included simulated flying, leadership and teamwork skills and the opportunity for gaining educational awards during the camp. It is hoped that the camp has inspired some of the Cadets to become “the Next Generation”.

The camp was visited by the Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty who declared: “it was great to see this long-planned and much-anticipated event become reality. Over 200 cadets and a strong support team of CFAV were actively engaged in a very wide range of fun activities and, whilst I was only able to stay for a while, I could see that everyone involved was having a great time. Thank you to the CE team for marking RAF100 in such a memorable way”.

The camp was also visited by Air Commodore Rich Barrow, the “brains” behind RAF 100 including the London Fly Past. He was accompanied by the Station Commander from RAF Honington, Group Captain Dave Tait.

With the sun mercilessly beating down on Beckingham’s Parade Square, the cadets formed up for the camp’s Final Parade and were greatly honoured to have the Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, Royal Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Warren “Bunny” James, as their Reviewing Officer and to award the prizes.

Due to the heat, after respects had been paid, the cadets were invited to sit and were entertained by a faultless display of Continuity Drill by the Cadet Drill Squad before the trophies were presented. The honour of being named the top cadet of the camp went to Cadet Archie Bunn of 73 (Huntingdon) Squadron and the top cadet non commissioned officer went to Cadet Corporal Joseph Snape from 198 (Hinkley) Squadron.

Wing Commander Nathan Wilkes, who originated the idea and worked hard to ensure it happened said; “The camp has been a great success due to the enthusiasm of the cadets and the hard work and dedication of the whole staff team. It’s taken almost a year in the planning and many hours of work by the staff on top of their normal duties and civilian jobs to ensure that during the week the activities were safe, enjoyable, educational and FUN. The logistical challenge of ensuring the cadets were in the right place at the right time when some of the activities were up to forty minutes away from Beckingham, although daunting, was accomplished seamlessly due to exceptional logistic management. All the staff are to be congratulated on a “job well done” and I thank them all for their time, their skills, their patience and dedication”

Cadet Corporal Saffron Kettle from 485 (Harborne & Quinton) Squadron considered the Camp “a brilliant experience” and her particular favourites were Mountain Biking and Orienteering.
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3 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

On day fifty-two of #100Faces, we meet Sergeant Ben Ellis from 2461 (Sawston) Squadron.

Sgt Ellis joined the ATC in 310 (Widnes) Squadron where he rose to the rank of CWO. He moved to Beds and Cambs Wing where he joined the Wing Training team as a staff cadet on various courses.

He was appointed as a Sgt RAFAC when he aged out in 2017. This week he is part of the directing staff on the Region Multi activity camp.
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3 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

Words from an ex Cadet from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing ATC who is now undergoing her apprenticeship at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.Often people ask me, ‘Why did you want to join the Marshall Apprenticeship’?

I saw the opportunities presented to me through an engineering #apprenticeship at Marshall as a natural progression of my practical learning theme, which would provide me with the best start in pursuing my passion - aerospace engineering!

My admiration for aircraft and engineering initially stemmed from my service within the Air Cadets, and coupled with the realisation that I could gain direct practical experience alongside the achievement of a degree, I jumped at the opportunity to accept a position as a Mechanical and Structural Design Apprentice.

~ Emily

#STEM #AerospaceEngineering #RIAT2018
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3 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

Another amazing day had by 104 Cadets who were kindly hosted by Cambridge Gun Club carrying out Clay Target Shooting Taster day.
City of Cambridge Cadets and Staff at 104 are in the process of trying to train for the inter cadets Clay Shooting competition next year.

Interested in Joining? Our next recruitment evening is tomorrow the 09th July 19:30Hrs at 104 City of Cambridge Squadron HQ, 730 Newmarket Road.
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3 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire)
App made by University of Lincoln allows Royal Air Force100 flypast to appear above all of us.
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Team 104 finish 5th out of 30 Squadrons at Wing Field Weekend 2018. Outstanding Effort from all involved! ...

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4 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

The Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing ATC Wing Field Weekend commences on Friday. A full weekend of competitions at RAF Wyton including leadership exercises, foot drill, banner drill, ensemble, first aid, air rec and aeromodelling.

The 104 team have spent the last 2 months training and preparing to try and repeat the success of Wing Field Weekend 2017.

Interested in joining the Air Cadets? Our next recruitment evening is on Monday 9th July 2018. Email 104@aircadets.org for more details.
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4 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

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Royal British Legion
To celebrate #ArmedForcesDay we asked civilians to guess the average weight that active service personnel can be expected to carry. Watch the video to see if they guessed right! 📺👀 #SaluteOurForces
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4 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

Sergeant Arindra and Cadet Zieba practicing with the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing ATC Band preparing for the Wing Parade on Wing Field Weekend in one weeks time!

Interested in joining the Air Cadets? Our next recruitment evening is on Monday 9th July 2018. Email 104@aircadets.org for more details.
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4 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

BEST IN THE COUNTRY!

Cadet Campos-Bell has just won Javelin Gold at the Inter-Region Athletics Competition! The best Javelin competitor in the Country!

With Central & East Region Air Cadets finishing 1st in Junior Men and 3rd in the overall competition, Cdt Campos-Bell and Cdt Pescod bring home 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze between them! The Squadron is incredibly proud!

Interested in joining the Air Cadets? Our next recruitment evening is on Monday 9th July 2018. Email 104@aircadets.org for more details.
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4 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

MORE ATHLETICS SUCCESS!

Cadet Pescod has just won 400m Silver at the Inter-Region Athletics Competition! The 2nd Fastest 400m runner in the Country!

Interested in joining the Air Cadets? Our next recruitment evening is on Monday 9th July 2018. Email 104@aircadets.org for more details.
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Cadet Pescod has just won 800m Bronze at the Inter-Region Athletics Competition! The 3rd Fastest 800m runner in the Country!

Interested in joining the Air Cadets? Our next recruitment evening is on Monday 9th July 2018. Email 104@aircadets.org for more details.
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4 months ago

104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron

Day forty-six of #100Faces is Cdt Zieba from 104 (City of Cambridge) Squadron.

Cdt Zieba has been part of the Squadron for 2 years, in this time she has attended several camps and course including the Wing Easter Camp, Bronze Cyber Course, Youth First Aid Course and attained her Blue Flying Wings. She was also a key member of the winning 2017 Wing Field Team. She is pictured here conducting a reading at the recent ANZAC memorial service.
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