April 21st 2015


Cadets from 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Training Corps (ATC) joined over 40 Leicestershire Air Cadets at the weekend to pull a VC10 Aircraft in aid of local charities.

The Cadets, from Wigston, Syston, Melton Mowbray, and Market Harborough came together on Sunday 12 April 2015 at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome to raise money for the squadron and the RAF Charitable Trust.

The challenge, which consisted of pulling a 63 tonne aircraft over 500 meters, was taken on by over 70 Cadets and adult volunteers in total.

The course was split into two 250 meter stretches, with the Cadets taking on the second stage by themselves.

After the pull, Cadet Joseph Hunt, aged 13, said: “I really enjoyed that, it was a really good experience.”

Hamilton Air Cadets_0Cadets from 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron ATCIn an interview after the aircraft pull Flight Lieutenant Tim Hargraves of 1461 (Wigston) Squadron ATC said: “When I turned up today and saw the size of the VC10, I thought we’d taken on too much of a challenge. But the Cadet’s whole heartedly took and the challenge, I’m really proud”

The expectation is that the aircraft pull will raise over £1,000 for the squadrons and the RAF Charitable trust.

If you are aged between 12 and 17 and are interested in joining 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron the unit meets at Hamilton Community College on Monday and Thursday evenings. For further details visit or email