Camp gives cadets a taste of life with the RAF
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