Archive - RAF Air Cadets


February 27th 2024

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire re-opens Joint Cadet Centre in Boston

The former Army Reserve Centre on Main Ridge West has been modernised to create fit-for-purpose facilities for the dozens of Cadets that will now call the building home. The historic building’s frontage has undergone a makeover as part of the project to make it more inviting to existing and new Cadets, who add so much […]

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April 28th 2023

Planets, rockets and Tim Peake selfies: Cadets visit the National Space Centre

The space explorers travelled to the edge of the universe thanks to the centre’s ‘cinema-like’ planetarium dome, came face-to-face with astronauts, and explored the inside of a 42m-high rocket. Organised and funded by East Midlands RFCA with the help of dozens of volunteers, the trip aimed to inspire Cadets and develop their awareness and understanding […]

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An Air Cadet and Instructor in a Tutor aircraft.

March 11th 2022

Back in the skies: RAF Air Cadets resume flying

Air Cadets from 138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron, 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron and 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron are just some of those that have been flight training. Members from each Squadron attended RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire on 6th March for their Air Experience Flying with 7AEF. RAF Air Cadets had to suspend flying lessons in Tutor […]

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Cadets Annual Dining In Night 2020

June 2nd 2021

Melton Air Cadets receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron is one of over 1,000 squadrons of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) that offer a wide range of activities, qualifications and opportunities to young people across the country. Squadrons are managed by teams of uniformed and non-uniformed adult volunteers who give their time to help plan, organise and run […]

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Taking a break from the Archery

May 27th 2021

Independent report from University of Northampton celebrates positive impact of Cadet forces

Social impact Cadet Forces UK 2020 report The UK currently has 130,000 Cadets and almost 30,000 adult volunteers supporting them. This follows the Cadet Expansion Programme launched by the UK Government in 2012 which saw the number of school Cadet units double to over 500 by last year. During a visit to a Cadet unit […]

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Cadets Taskmaster Challenge

March 2nd 2021

Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison OBE becomes ‘Taskmaster’ for Cadet training night

After being put forward by their Wing Commander back in February to host a special guest during a virtual session, the squadron were informed in early March that they had been selected to host Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Richard Maddison OBE MA RAF. AVM Maddison is the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 22 Group RAF, which […]

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LNR ACF parading

October 29th 2020

Preparations for return to face-to-face training for Cadets

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) have been working hard to get everything ready.  Following Government and Regional Command guidance, they have ensured all detachments are thoroughly cleaned and have updated their Risk Assessments to reflect the new situation.  Every Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) has received a briefing and training on […]

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Sqn Ldr Thompson

October 23rd 2020

MBE for Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Sqn Ldr Thompson after 40 years of dedication

Squadron Leader Thompson, South & East Midlands Wing RAFAC, commissioned into the RAF Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch 40 years ago, and four years later became the 7th Officer Commanding of 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron. Following Squadron Leader Thompson having been at the helm for 35 years, Swadlincote is a jewel amongst the Corps’ 950 units, having […]

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Photo of Amelia Seymour with colleagues

June 26th 2020


The Youth United Foundation is a Government run organisation which was set up to represent uniformed youth organisations across the country.  The focus of the project Amelia was involved in was Mental Health and Loneliness.  The group interviewed members, evaluated strategies and presented their findings to representatives of the Department of Digital Culture, Media and […]

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Air Cadet Hunter receiving award

June 26th 2020


Air Cadet Ben Hunter had an amazing year, winning both a Sir Michael Knight pilot award and a place in the final of the CVQO Westminster award. Ben explained: “I was very privileged to be one of only 10 Cadets in the UK to be awarded a Sir Michael Knight pilot scholarship by the Royal […]

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