10 Stockport cadets were all lucky enough to fly across the world on a variety of overseas camps. Each summer, a number of places for overseas camps are offered to Greater Manchester Wing, who then allow cadets from around the wing to bid for them.
The first two overseas camp took place at RAF Gibraltar, just off the coast of Spain, where a total of 8 cadets from 162 (Stockport) Squadron journeyed to across two separate weeks. Activities included visiting the Station’s Dog Section, where they met some of the trained animals, and those who were training them, a dolphin boat trip which enabled cadets to see dolphins up close and personal and an eventful high ropes course where one cadet had a fearful experience on the zip wire.
Cadet Corporal Richard Robinson was on his first overseas camp had this to say about his week “It was a brilliant camp where I was able to experience how the RAF operate in different countries. My favourite bit was definitely the WWII tunnels beneath The Rock when we learnt about why they were built and the history behind them!” Cadet Flight Sergeant Connor Dempsey-Riley was on the second camp “It’s certainly different to spend your 18th birthday dressed in full firefighting equipment in 30 degree heat! It was a brilliant experience and I feel it has allowed me to gain more from my cadet experience.”
Next, Cadet Flight Sergeant Daisy Hill travelled to Cyprus to visit the two RAF ba ses in the country. She was able to travel between RAF Troodos in the mountains and RAF Akrotiri down on the coast and had some amazing experinces. Over the week she was able to visit 84 (Search and Rescue) Sqn, try a variety of water sports, and touring a C130 Hercules shortly before its departure to Iraq. “I think that the most overwhelming part of the week was visiting the UN at Nicosia and having a tour at the old airport. Because most of it has remained exactly as it was when Cyprus was invaded, it was an incredible sight.”
And the final Stockport teen to venture abroad was Cadet Corporal Paige Bithell. She spent a week living in semi-permanent tents at the USAF Air Base which forms part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Ramstein, Germany. On the first night, Paige enjoyed a trip to Luxembourg Museum, as well as a night’s stay in the city. Other highlights included seeing a C17 and Tornado jets, trips to Steinfurt and Rudesheimer and playing sport with member of the Armed Forces from around the world. Paige said “I was so nervous that I wasn’t going to know anyone and that I wouldn’t enjoy any of it, but I stopped worrying as soon as I got on the coach! I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about the off-road ride in a tank that we had!”
Stockport Air Cadets is thriving! Girls and boys from 12 years of age have the chance to do many activities including visits to RAF stations, flying, adventure training & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The squadron meets every Monday and Thursday night from 7pm at their Headquarters, Lockwood Fold, Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LS. To book your place on their next Intake, visit www.162atc.co.uk, Telephone (0161) 480 4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org