Ted Atkins

Flt Lt Ted Atkins

It is with extreme sadness that we report the death of our good friend and Air Cadet colleague Flt Lt Ted Atkins, who was tragically killed in the Dolomite mountains doing what he loved most of all, mountaineering.

Ted was an ex-RAF Officer who started out as a cadet with 2425 Squadron. Ted paid us regular visits over more than forty years, giving inspirational talks to our cadets, who loved hearing tales of his time as RAF Mountain Rescue leader, his stories of his daring expeditions on Everest and more recently his record-breaking skydiving activities.

Ted developed the TopOut oxygen system for climbers, skydivers and the military. This system dramatically reduced the number of deaths on Everest.

We will miss his impromptu visits and his enthusiasm for inspiring our young cadets. He will be sadly missed by us all and we send sincere condolences to Ted’s family.

Ted’s spirit and attitude to life could be summed up in one line from a recent interview he gave. “What do we leave behind, did we make anything better?”. He truly did.

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What an absolutely great night for 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron at the Pride of Rushcliffe Awards. Facing tough competition the Squadron took away the first prize in the Supporting Young People Award category in recognition of the work of the Squadron in supporting young people and providing varied and exciting activities, experiences and training. In accepting the award on behalf of the Squadron Flying Officer McLoughlin recognized that we were very proud to have won in this category and against such worthy runners up. This award is not just for the staff, but for the cadets and their achievements which make it all worth while.The opportunities and training available at 2425 is mirrored across the country in hundreds of Air Cadet units and from thousands of adult volunteers. To quote the Air Cadet hashtag it's 'WHAT WE DO'. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS.



The Victorious Swimming Team Collect Their Awards and 2425 Towels!

On Friday 10th March one of the highlights of 2425 Squadron’s year took place at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club. Its annual Presentation Evening was attended by more than one hundred guests including cadets, parents, staff, committee and local dignitaries. Attendees enjoyed a three course meal which was then followed by the awards ceremony itself, presided over by Wing Commander Stuart McNeill MBE from Air Cadets HQ at RAF Cranwell.

Demolishing The Hangar

Big changes continue to happen around us at the airfield. The photo shows the demolition of  the hangar as part of the major redevelopment of the airfield. Some things don't change. Flying, sport, swimming, BTEC, D of E, adventure training, shooting, parading, drill, music, walking, camping in the UK and overseas, canoeing, sailing, parachuting, remote control flying, etc, etc, etc. The Royal Air Force Air Cadets. 76 years young and still going from strength to strength. Contact us today to join.




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In late November, our annual camp took place at Gradbach in Staffordshire based in the large farmhouse owned by the Scout Association. We travelled on the Friday evening and on arrival we had tea and then had our camp briefing.

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Cadets from 2425 Squadron, having led the parade at Tollerton earlier in the day, were also in attendance at the Remembrance Sunday service at St Mary's Church in Bunny, on 8th November 2015.

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Cadet Corporal Hannah Mackay waiting to play The Last Post at Tollerton

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On Remembrance Sunday our Cadets led the parade at Tollerton, marching down the hill from Medina Drive to the church to join a packed congregation that included many other local voluntary organisations, such as Scouts, Brownies, and Guides. The service in church was followed by a brief service outside at the war memorial where Cadet Corporal Hannah Mackay played a moving rendition of The Last Post and Reveille.

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Support your Squadron - You may purchase a variety of new and exciting items to show your support for 2425 Squadron!

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* Two-tone Hoodie * Squadron Polo Shirt * Sport bag

Now available with the new squadron and Air Cadet logos.

If you would like to purchase any of the new stock. Please see a member of staff, there is a limited amount of stock available and they are flying off the shelves! So hurry while they last.

An even better idea would be to ask Santa for them on your Christmas wish list or Birthday list. So don't miss out and purchase your items today!

(Items can be bought on an individual basis, however, there is a 'bulk' saving if your purchase all items together)




We  help to finance events such as:

  • Presentation Evening – cadet tickets fully subsidised
  • Annual camps – we subsidise a percentage
  • Non-cadet activities – eg. bowling evenings, climbing wall day etc.
  • Cadets Christmas party at Squadron – paid for in full
  • Funds have also been raised for the purchase of adventure training and computer equipment

To do so, we organise a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, typically:

  • Bag packing – performed by the cadets under staff supervision
  • Helping out at local events – e.g. Tollerton Village Event
  • Rempstone Steam Rally – running book stall and wine/water 

These are just a few examples of our contribution to the Squadron. Of course, none of this would be possible without a lot of hard work by our Committee members, which is a small and friendly group, mainly made up of the parents of the cadets, former cadets, or those with historical connections to the Squadron. We always welcome new members and would appreciate offers of extra help, even if you cannot commit to regular or long-term assistance.

Why not come along to our next committee meeting? We are always looking for fresh fundraising ideas!

For further enquiries please contact us on 0115 9812825 or email us via our Contact section.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our work.




Find Out More

Read about our Squadron here, and join here. See what our Cadets have been doing in the News section. Visit our Facebook Page.

Visit the main Air Cadets website to find out more about the parent organisation.


Health, Safety and Child Protection

The safety of cadets and staff is paramount. We take this very seriously. The Air Training Corps has a very strict set of guidelines that we have to follow. All staff are CRB checked.



If you need to contact us please ring 0115 9812825. Alternatively use our Contact Form.


Volunteering - Can you help?

There are many ways that you can help out as parents. The Squadron is run by a small number of dedicated volunteers who put a lot of time and effort into running the Squadron, organising Parade nights, running the training, arranging events, etc. They always appreciate help.

Ways that you can help…

Adult volunteers – do you have a skill or hobby that might be of interest to the cadets? You can come along and help for all or part of the night, on a regular or infrequent basis.

Events and activities – maybe you would just like to help at fund-raising events, or camps, etc ? We are always grateful for such help. The Squadron relies on fund-raising so any help is appreciated.

Join the Staff – perhaps you are interested in joining the staff as either a non-uniformed Civilian Instructor (C.I.) or by joining the uniformed staff. You don’t need any special skill or trade. The ATC provides training opportunities for staff too.

Join the Committee – would you like to contribute to the future of the Squadron by assisting the Committee? The committee plays an integral part in the running of Squadron affairs and in looking after the welfare of the cadets.

Recruitment – we are always on the look-out for new members. Please mention us to your friends. Perhaps their children would enjoy the excitement and adventure of the ATC. Please mention our web site.


Pop In

Come and see us – why not just pop in on parade night and see your child enjoying cadets. Meet the staff. Ask questions. Read the literature or watch a recruitment video to gain a better understanding of the Air Cadets.


Concerns or Queries?

If you have any concerns please use our contact form or if the matter is confidential phone 0115 9812825 to speak to a member of staff. If we are not available please leave a message with your full phone number and we will call you back at the earliest opportunity.


2425 Nottingham Airport Squadron Air Training Corps is a thriving, exciting, friendly squadron based at Nottingham Airport, Tollerton, UK. We are one of approximately 1000 squadrons in the UK. The RAF Air Training Corps is also know by either the intials 'ATC' or simply the 'Air Cadets'.

The ATC is for girls and boys of 12 years old (must be in year 8) and over.

The ATC is a youth organisation organised along military lines and is an ideal entry point for anyone interested in joining the Royal Air Force, although you do not have to be that way inclined! The ATC is open to anyone who wants to have fun, adventure and learn at the same time. Being a member of the ATC is a major selling point on your CV when looking for a job in the future. Some of the activities are: flying, shooting, camps, walks and marches, drill, radio and communications, first aid, sports, competitions and much more.

Our squadron motto is ‘Nulli Secundus,’ Latin for “Second to None’ something we take very seriously – we always aim to win! We are very successful at sports and other activities and have many cadets representing Wing, Region and even the Corps.

Why not come down and see what we do? Please contact us to arrange.



Flight Lieutenant Craig McLoughlin RAFAC: Officer Commanding, Health and Safety Officer, Bader Point of Contact, Fieldcraft Officer.
Flying Officer Mark Whitaker RAFAC: Adjutant, Aviation Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Clarke CCF: Shooting Officer.
CI Andrew Burton: Adventure Training Officer, Duke of Edinburgh Award Officer.
CI Stuart Gordon: Shooting Officer, Junior Cadet Flight Training Officer.
CI Alan Rawsthorne: Sports Officer.
CI Tony Wardle: Radio Officer.
C/I Kayleigh Swindell



1965 (December) - 2425 (Cotgrave) Squadron ATC formed at Cotgrave under FL/LT Carl Norman. HQ in Junior school. Civilian Committee formed entirely of R.A.F.A. members.
1966 (June) - 2425 (Tollerton and District) Squadron - HQ moved to premises at Tollerton Airport and became 2425 (Tollerton and District) Squadron.
1967 (April) - Squadron adopted by Plumtree Branch R.A.F.A.
1968 (September) - C.O. Fl/LT J. Lewington
1970 (19th March) - Fire destroyed HQ. Temporary accommodation in Scout Hut at Tollerton.
1971 (August) - Became 2425 (Keyworth) Squadron - HQ at Keyworth Junior School. FL/LT J. Lewington became Wing Staff Officer. C.O. FL/LT Hartley.
1971 (September) - Fruitless attempt to find land for hut. School land refused by Notts C.C. Education Dept.
1973-1975 - Still searching for land and premises.
1974-1979 - C.O. FL/LT J. Bates
1979 on - J. Bates moved to Civilian Committee. C.O. FL/LT J.Davies. FL/LT Ralph Reedbuckle C.O. for a short time. FL/LT Dave Cass became C.O.
1982 - N.E.R.C offered a site but planning was refused. Tried a another site with a different proposed roof but still refused. M.P. unable to help.
1983 (December) - Meeting at Tollerton Airport. Site agreed. Building work commenced on the new Squadron HQ.
1984 (September) - Standard presented by R.A.F.A. Renamed 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron. FL/LT Dave Cass C.O. (to late 80s)
1992 (June) to 1999 (December) - FL/LT Roger Johnson C.O.
2000 (January) to 2001 (April) - FL/LT Alison Warner C.O.
2001 (April) to 2007 - FL/LT Steve Richards.
2007 (May) to February 2018 - FL/LT Robert Frost.
2018 (February) to present - FL/LT Craig McLoughlin

Any updates or corrections welcome. E.g. Information about Steve Podger's tenure as CO would be appreciated.

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In early January five Cadets attended RAF Cranwell with the aim of learning how to safely fly a Vigilant powered glider using simulators. VGS Instructors began by teaching how to fly, making balanced, coordinated turns and the use of power and attitude to alter and maintain desired speeds and height. The Cadets quickly realised this was going to be a tough day. As they mastered the simultaneous use of stick to control pitch and roll, rudder pedals to control yaw and throttle for power, the instructors took them further. Pre-flight checks, lookouts, use of air brakes, stalling, taking off, flying circuits and landing. The day culminated in an assessment of the Cadet whilst they flew an entire circuit from take-off to safe landing. All five successfully brought their aircraft home and passed the course, receiving certificates and for the two best in each group the award of the coveted 'Bernie' trophy. See a 'landing video' on our Facebook page (address below).


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