‘1109 Cadets Reach the Sky at RAF Brize Norton’


Ten cadets from 1109 (Thetford) Squadron recently enjoyed a week away on annual camp at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. RAF Brize Norton is the RAF’s largest station, home to the Strategic and Tactical Air Transport (AT) and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) forces, operating a range of aircraft including the C17 Globemaster, A400M Atlas, A330 Voyager and C-130J Hercules.
The week involved a range of diverse activities, including various section visits to the RAF Regiment, Engineering & Logistical Wing and Medical Centre, as well as an in-depth insight into the RAF from the Careers Office and a number of sporting activities. During the week, all of the cadets from 1109 (Thetford) Squadron got a flight on board the RAF’s primary strategic heavy-lift transport aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster. Cadet Jared Farmer, celebr1109-img_6725ating his birthday during the week was rewarded with the opportunity to sit up in the cockpit upon landing.
Cadet Sergeant Robbie Webb, who was awarded Best Cadet on camp alongside two others was given the rare opportunity to be granted a flight upon one of the RAF’s newest aircraft, the A400M Atlas. The three cadets were the first in the country across any cadet organisation to fly in this particular aircraft, each taking a trip to the flight deck to talk to the pilots and crew during the journey.
Cadet Sergeant Webb said “the camp was a brilliant experience from the start and being my third annual camp, I definitely believe that this was the best and the most exciting so far. The highlight for me was being able to take a flight upon two aircraft during the week, especially the A400M Atlas”.