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July 14th 2016

Swadlincote staff host international air cadets

Squadron Leader Alyn Thompson from the 1211 (Swadlincote) ATC Squadron

Staff from the Swadlincote 1211 Air Cadet Squadron have once again been selected to host the International Air Cadet Exchange from Saturday 16 July to Wednesday 3 August.

The visiting youngsters, ranging from 17 to 23 years of age, are from 15 countries throughout the world including Europe, the USA, South Korea and China all from diverse backgrounds and cultures but all members of their national air cadet organisations.

The visitors will be in London for the first week visiting Westminster, The Tower of London and the Royal Aeronautical Society among other activities before going on to the Royal Air Force Club on Piccadilly where they will be officially welcomed to the UK.

They will then travel north in order to discover more about the culture and traditions of the UK as well as meeting members of the Royal Air Force and its role in the Defence of Britain and as a part of NATO.

Squadron Leader Alyn Thompson from the 1211 Squadron who is hosting the visitors in London along with Training Officer Ruth Morgan and a team made up of officers throughout the Corps, said of his young charges: “This is the 14th year I have assisted with hosting on the International Air Cadet Exchange and our visitors have always proven themselves to be the cream of their various nations who have always been the perfect ambassadors and a pleasure to meet for everyone who crosses their path.

“The exchange exists to promote more than a love of aviation. Cadets develop a better perspective on the challenges other countries face.

“Through the exchange, cadets grow to understand and appreciate the roles different nations play in aerospace, as well as build international understanding, goodwill, and friendship among young people who have a common interest in aviation.”

“The exchange exists to promote more than a love of aviation. Cadets develop a better perspective on the challenges other countries face."