May 23rd 2013

Swadlincote Air Cadets are awarded a rare opportunity

Five years of hard work has finally paid off for two of Swadlincote’s most successful air cadets. Following a gruelling selection process, Instructor Cadet Flight Sergeants (FS) Bradley Tallett and Joy Wakeling, (both 18), have been awarded places on the prestigious International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) scheme.

The IACE scheme links the Air Cadets with the world, with the first exchange taking place in 1947 between cadets from the UK and Canada. Whilst the Air Cadet Organisation is made up of almost 45,000 cadets and adult instructors, places are very limited with around 90 air cadets from the UK taking part annually.

FS Tallett will be visiting Singapore and FS Wakeling will be visiting Canada. They will spend fifteen days with a host family gaining an insight into the culture and background of their respective countries. They will also meet their air cadet equivalents from around the world enhancing their experiences even further.

Flight Lieutenant Ruth Morgan, Squadron Training Officer said: “I shall be in London for their final briefings before they fly out of Heathrow Airport. There are very few IACE places for Air Cadets and Joy and Bradley have shown that the cadets from South Derbyshire are amongst the best in the UK”

1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Training Corps holds regular annual recruitment evenings for both prospective new cadets and adult instructors alike. For more information, please contact our Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson, by email at, by phone (01283) 212629 or visit our website by clicking here