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JULY 19TH 2017

Heanor cadets visit the Red Arrows

Red Arrow pictured during the visit

Hawk T1

24 Cadets from Heanor, Derbyshire got the chance to visit the famous Red Arrows yesterday (18 July), as they were invited behind the wire at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

The students, all aged between 12-18 years-old, from Heanor Gate Science College’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) made the special visit as part of their week-long summer camp that is taking place from 17 – 21 July.

There was lots of excitement and anticipation amongst the cadets as they were led into an aircraft hangar in which the Red Arrows are housed.

The visit saw the cadets walk around the well-known planes guided by specialist engineers who answered any questions the cadets had about how the planes operate and the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Aerobatic Team in general.

The cadets also viewed an electronic presentation about the display team, learning more about the speed, agility and precision of the team and how the distinctive Hawk T1 are supported by an essential team of support staff including operational personnel, engineers and of course the skilled pilots who take part in aerobatic displays across the world.

The engineer explained what different sections of the plane are designed to do

The engineer explained what different sections of the plane are designed to do

Speaking at the event, Contingent Commander Miriam Watson, who is the Director of Vocational Learning at Heanor Gate Science College, said: “When we told the cadets that they were going to be visiting the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton the level of excitement amongst the cadets went through the roof.

“The Red Arrows is a perfect example of teamwork. There are nine pilots but over 130 personnel who work together to enable the display team to get out there and attend public events.

“So I thought it was important to let the cadets see and understand further the need for teamwork and have a chance to learn about the variety of other careers in the RAF that are critical to mission success which in this case is to display the best of British and inspire the future generation.

“The operations officer explained to the cadets the role of the RAF’s Red Arrows, where they have been in the last year including their visits to China and Malaysia, and also the role of the team generally in the UK. We have seen a few videos showing the amazing formation flying, and have toured the hangar with some of the station’s engineers who allowed the cadets to look inside the planes’ cockpit which the cadets really enjoyed.”

Heanor Gate Science College's students during the visit

Heanor Gate Science College’s students during the visit

Cadet Sergeant Cerys Bailey was one of those to take part in the visit. She said: “This is my last annual camp as I will soon be leaving school. It was a lot of fun seeing the Red Arrows. The thing I found most enjoyable was definitely looking inside the planes as there are so many little controls. I never thought I would get to see the Red Arrows up this close but I’ve been so impressed especially learning about all the training and preparation that goes into each of the displays.”

The CCF’s annual camp is taking place at RAF Wittering and the cadets are taking part in an activity packed week including sports and visits to other locations including the Newark Air Museum.

“The Red Arrows is a perfect example of teamwork. There are nine pilots but over 130 personnel who work together to enable the display team to get out there and attend public events."