Air cadets experience famous Royal International Air Tattoo

Air cadets experience famous Royal International Air Tattoo


Katherine Denham

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Air cadets experience famous Royal International Air Tattoo

Air cadets have had a chance to experience the life of Royal Air Force personnel on an eight-day summer trip.

Six cadets and two staff from Maidenhead squadron number 155, based in Holmanleaze Road, lived and worked at the air base for the world famous Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire from July 8-15.

More than 800 Air Training Corps (ATC) cadets were on hand to assist the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises before, after and during the two day air show which draws in around 140,000 visitors.

They also had the chance to meet the Red Arrows pilots and high ranking Air Force personnel from around the world, see inside various aircraft and helicopters, and watch flying displays and practices.

The squadron will also be helping out at a number of events this summer, including Retro Festival, Littlewick Show and the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle.

The squadron also attended a memorial service on Thursday, July 17, in Carpenters Wood, Maidenhead, to commemorate the lives that were lost in 1944 after a fully fuelled and armed aircraft crashed on the way to attack fortified villages in France.

The pilot, from 578 Burn Squadron, steered the aircraft away from the heavily populated areas of Maidenhead, Windsor and Reading.

It crashed into the dense wood near Pinkneys Green.


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