This past Saturday, 13th August 2016, Air Cadets and staff from London Wing joined others from throughout the UK at Royal Air Force College Cranwell to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets.
Royal Air Force College Cranwell is the Training and Education Academy of the Royal Air Force and is steeped in history, boasting the impressive College Hall from which newly commissioned Royal Air Force officers graduate. Here’s a shot by 56 (Woolwich) Squadron who had representatives in attendance at the event, showing the College Hall and the Landing Zone for the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
The event was attended by special guests alongside parents of the proud cadets who made up the National Marching Band, the Drill and Ceremonial Team, the National Pipes and Drums, the National Concert Band and the ACO National Choir, who all put on a fantastic show in company with the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Falcons, Battle Of Britain memorial Flight, and a dazzling fireworks display to close the 7 hour celebrations. Flight Sergeant (ATC) Sharon Kilminster of 48F (Hampstead) Squadron remarked, “The show stealers were the Red Arrows. They were just awesome, as always! Red 6 was out of action because of an engine malfunction, yet they still managed to perform a great, full display for the Air Cadets, showing the resilience of the Royal Air Force. The fireworks were breathtaking! Seeing them erupt and the skies light up over College Hall in sync to music was a perfect ending to the day’s celebrations.”
After the National Marching Band opened proceedings the parade was reviewed by Chief Of Air Staff, Air Chief marshall Sir Stephen Hillier, accompanied by Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group, Air Vice Marshall Andrew Turner, and Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group, Air Vice Marshall Gerry Mayhew. Joining them on the dais are Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty
Of the National Marching Band’s performance, Flight Lieutenant RAF VR(T) Stephanie Godwin, London and South East Region Band Officer said, “Within the National Band we, London Wing, were represented by CWO Kilminster of 48F (Hampstead) Squadron, CWO Usanga-Cummings of 343 (Camberwell) Squadron, both on drums, and Cpl Willis of 1475 (Dulwich) Squadron on trumpet. Their performance at RAFC Cranwell was the culmination of two weeks hard work at Easter and Summer on training camps at RAF Halton. Cadets from all over the country came together to learn a new routine and new music for each season. Cadets and staff dedicated a large amount of time and hard work which really pays off as shown by the band at the celebrations, accompanying the drill continuity display, and the band’s down 20 minute display.”
All in all the day was enjoyed by those in attendance and those keeping a close watch on social media. You can keep up to date with the London Wing social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – follow us and you won’t miss a thing!