Camp gives cadets a taste of life with the RAF

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AIR Cadets from 1083 (Uxbridge) Squadron formed part of Mid­dle­sex Wing vis­it­ing RAF Boul­mer in Northum­ber­land for their an­nual camp.

The week-long visit gave the cadets the op­por­tu­nity to visit an ac­tive Royal Air Force sta­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand life in the ser­vice.

The cadets vis­ited the con­trol and re­port­ing cen­tre where aerospace bat­tle man­agers (ABMs) mon­i­tor radar pic­tures and con­trol Typhoon fighter air­craft.

Af­ter rig­or­ous weapons han­dling tests, they took part in shoot­ing prac­tice and gained marks­man­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tions, as well as de­vel­op­ing their lead­er­ship and nav­i­ga­tion skills.

The camp com­man­dant, Flight Lieu­tenant Chris Bi­gos, said: “As well as all the usual camp ac­tiv­i­ties, we were able to see the real ‘en­emy’ weapons at the RAF Spadeadam air weapons range, and the long range air de­fence radar at the re­mote radar head Bri­zlee Wood.

“All the cadets were for­tu­nate enough to fly in one of the search and res­cue he­li­copters, which was a real bonus.”

RAF Boul­mer is the hub of the UK air sur­veil­lance and con­trol sys­tems (ASACS) force and plays a vi­tal role in the de­fence of the UK.

When there is an in­di­ca­tion that an air­craft might pose a threat, Boul­mer per­son­nel will scram­ble fighter jets from the quick re­ac­tion alert force to in­ves­ti­gate.

They then di­rect the air­craft to the tar­get and con­trol the in­ter­cep­tion.

n EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Air Cadets from Mid­dle­sex Wing at RAF Boul­mer on their an­nual camp

Photo by Cather­ine Hughes

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