On Thursday 14th July, the Central Gliding School based at RAF Syerston held a VIP Event for 6 local Air Cadets from local squadrons to attend and talk to a VVIP guest about the role of the Central Gliding School within the Air Cadet Organisation. With the sun shining and not a cloud to be seen in the blue sky, two cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron were lucky enough to be given a flight in a Vigilant Motor Glider as a part of the day's events.

Each sortie lasted around 25 minutes and the cadets were given control of the aircraft to control the pitch, roll and yaw. For both of the cadets, who wish to go onto military careers, the day offered a fantastic and unique opportunity.

Cadet Sergeant Jason Blackshaw and Cadet Daryl Green from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Sqn commented “Its been a long wait to get gliding again but today has been amazing" and both were overwhelmed to have been a part of this experience, despite the VVIP visitor having to cancel!

This event also acted as an excellent way to promote the hard work and time everyone concerned are putting into getting the Air Cadets gliding again, and is a start to many more opportunities in the not too distant future.

On Tuesday the 22nd of March, 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, were visited by Squadron Leader Mark Richards RAFVR(T) and Squadron Leader Andrew Pass RAFVR(T) for their Annual Formal Inspection. This was a very important night for the squadron, as it allowed the members of the Wing Staff team to see what the squadron has achieved over the last year.

For the first part of the night, the cadets were formally inspected by Squadron Leader Richards; some were even asked about their experiences so far in the Air Cadets. Cadet Amy Healey, aged 14, commented: “It was a very nerve-wracking night for the squadron, as it was our opportunity to showcase what we can do, and why we are an incredible squadron.”

One of the squadron’s strongest areas is drill, so a team of some of our best showed off what they can do as a banner drill team. Cadet Sergeant Jason Blackshaw, aged 17, was the squadron’s banner bearer, a huge accolade. He said that the night was “Very difficult, as all of the cadets had to be on top form, but the results will be worth it.”

The squadron received praise for achievements such as being invited to attend the Red Arrows End of Season Guest Night, for being ‘the best squadron that the regional Health and Safety advisor has seen’ and for the increase in both cadet and staff numbers over the year. Praise was also forthcoming for the way in which the squadron has been leading the way in such initiatives as ‘Heartstart in the Community’.

The final parade was rounded off by Squadron Leader Richards who thanked the adets and staff for all of their efforts over the year. He presented certificates and badges to both cadets and staff including Heartstart certificates, Wing Blues, classification badges, swimming proficiencies and a promotion to Cadet Corporal for Cadet Josh Davidson, who was ‘very surprised and delighted’.

Anyone who is aged 12 and in Year 8 at school or upwards and is interested in seeing the wide range of activities on offer can visit the squadron on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7.15pm at the Cadet Centre, Asfordby Road. More information can be found by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Article by Cadet Corporal Joe Roper

8 Air Cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron recently took part in a Saint John Ambulance ‘Youth First Aid’ course to earn a new qualification, and more importantly, learn some life-saving skills.

On Sunday, 21st February, Air Cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron competed with squadrons from across South and East Midlands Wing at Ratcliffe College in a cross country competition across three and five kilometre races.

On Thursday 11th February, Air Cadets of 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron were visited by East Midlands Ambulance Service to show the cadets all of the equipment that they would have to use in an emergency and to talk about their role. The visit was conducted by East Midlands Ambulance Service Clinical Tutor, Adrian Utting, who is also one of the Wing Staff Officers within South and East Midlands Wing.