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Six exceptional young people will get the chance to fly thanks to the Royal Air Forces Association’s Flying Scholarships programme.

The Flying Scholarship programme runs annually as a thank you to members of the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO), which includes the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF), Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets (GVCAC) and Air Scouts/Air Explorer Scouts for their continuous support to the Association.

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Ex-2425 Squadron Cadet, Ted Atkins, recently gave an impromptu talk on Skydiving, the latest of his many adventurous activities.

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Three cadets from 2425 Sqn have recently completed NCO course. Cpl Scully has completed his Cadet Drill Instructor course which is designed to train cadets in the theory and practice of parade drill. Cpl Woodier has passed his initial NCO course which provisions those with leadership potential with the basic skills they might require to be an effect NCO and lead teams of cadets. Flt Sgt Hinchley has passed his Advance NCO course which is an opportunity for more experienced NCOs to do some personal development training and is now a prerequisite for attaining the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer.

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This flagship event celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps and took place at RAF Cranwell on August 13th.

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Annually every Squadron in the country undergoes a detailed Health and Safety inspection. Sgt (ATC) Ben Walden proudly holds the gold certificate we have just been awarded.

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One of the most popular events of the year with our Cadets is the 2-day Rempstone Steam and Country Show at Turnpost Farm, Wymeswold.

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In our 75th year we thought it would be interesting to share the front page from the Air Training Corps Gazette from February 1942 on the 1st birthday of the Corps.

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A team of Cadets, led by Staff member Sgt (ATC) Ben Walden, entered the prestigious 4 day Inter-Services Cadet Rifle Meet, taking on other Air Cadets, Sea Cadets and Army Cadets.

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On 20th November 2016, 2425 Cadets, Staff and Comittee took part in a Guiness World Record attempt at the most aircraft modellers building kits at one time in one place. This record attempt took place at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden in Bedfordshire. Click the above image to see all photos from the event. We will publish an update when the record is verified.

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In May, Cadets and staff embarked on a weekend of marching to link a number of the historic sites as part of their Three Airfields Walk.

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2425 Squadron led the parade at Tollerton on 13/11/2016. A service followed the parade, in the church, followed by a memorial service at the War Memorial.

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As a military-style organisation we have a lot of empathy with the armed services and an interest in military history. Recently four staff from 2425 Squadron visited Belgium to plan a potential future visit by the cadets and toured various important war sites and memorials.

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2425 Squadron Staff and Cadets in front of the Church at Ruddington (12/11/2016). Collecting for the Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion Ruddington Branch.

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It was the event we had all been waiting for! Cadets, Staff and Committee celebrated their fantastic achievements over the past year.

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The Squadron was present and proudly supporting the local launch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Ruddington. 2425 Cadets received the first Poppy Appeal Donation from Mrs Kay Coupe at the Ruddington & District Branch, Royal British Legion Poppy Launch held on Saturday 28th October in the St Peters Rooms. 

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Cadets and Staff of 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron avoided the Christmas shopping and journeyed instead to visit the Royal Armouries- Britain’s national museum of arms and armour. On display were over 8,500 objects from the earliest weapons and armour of pre history through medieval suits of armour to the 20th Centaury.
Many of the displays were interactive, allowing Cadets to get to handle the armour. Historic weapons were adapted to electronic arcade style target ranges. With cries of the ‘sights’ being out from the C.O. and others bemoaning the wearing the wrong glasses, FS Woodier took the day.

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The 2425 Squadron swimming team has won the South and East Midlands Wing inter squadron swimming competition held at Nottingham University, beating 28 other Squadrons from around the Midlands area.

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2425 Squadron has received a very generous donation of £1800 from The West Bridgford Conservative Club recently. The club has over the last year held several events to raise these funds including raffles and sales. The cheque was presented by the club Chairman and the Mayor of Rushcliffe at the Club’s annual Presentation Evening. The Commanding Officer of 2425 Squadron, Flt Lt Bob Frost RAF VR(T) thanked the club for all of it's hard work and described how money will be used to provide opportunities to young people from Rushcliffe that in some cases change their lives.

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Twenty Eight Cadets from South and East Midlands Wing Air Cadets, have just completed a week long outdoor activity camp at the National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre, Llanbedr, in Wales.

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Cadets at Sherwood Lodge being taught about the dangers of firearms

In November 11 Cadets and 4 staff were made welcome at Sherwood Lodge where they had a tour of the Police firearms training facilities and armoury. The visit was hosted by a Police firearms training expert, who happens to be a staff member at our Squadron. Of course, weapons handling training and target shooting is part of the Cadet syllabus. As an extension to this training our Cadets were taught about the dangers of weapons and shown how Police officers are trained to react in high pressure situations. They were also shown deactivated weapons recovered from criminals and from previous gun amnesties.

Cadets had the opportunity to use the Police training system which involved use of a laser ‘weapon’ to knock down ‘plates’ projected on the screen in front of them in the shortest time possible. Cadet Woodier said “It was a very interesting visit and helped us to understand the dangers of weapons and what the Police may face. I really enjoyed the laser target shooting and did quite well but didn't quite beat our Sergeant!”.

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