Promotions at 617

Congratulations to Sgt Preece and Sgt Hennessey on their recent promotions. The cadet Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) are the back-bone of the Squadron, assisting staff with the organisation and running of the Squadron at a cadet level. NCO’s also provide a positive example of ‘what good looks like’, acting as role models to the junior cadets and mentors to more junior NCOs.

This also represents the first round of promotions for Sgt Aldous as Officer In Charge 617 (Heber) Squadron, congratulations ma’am.

The Next Generation of Flight Sim has arrived at 617!

Sgt Millard was the first to pilot the Squadron’s next generation Flight Simulator. Funds for the replacement simulator have been raised by the Squadron cadets through fundraising over the past year, supported by the Roundtable. Cadets will be able to support their Aerospace learning and development with the Flight Simulator aid, enhancing their understanding of Airmanship and Principles of Flight. Watch this space for the next generation of budding pilots …..

Cosford Airshow proves a big hit with 617 sqn cadets


In baking sunshine and clear skies (requiring plenty of water and sunscreen), 617 sqn cadets set out for our annual trip to Cosford Airshow. The show this year, being the Centenary, was expected to be very special. The day started well as our minibus was marshalled away from the crowds and into a quiet area reserved for the Air Cadets and other VIPs.

The first attraction was to check out the RAF and 617 Squadron’s newest recruit – F35B Lightning II. There were surprisingly few levers and buttons for something so sophisticated, but then it’s all touchscreen these days…


The action wasn’t all confined to the skies though with ample opportunity for the cadets to get some hands on experience of flying through the combination of virtual reality and drones.




However, we didn’t come to Cosford to stay indoors and everyone was soon outside marvelling at the world famous Red Arrows. Another highlight was the first ever flying combination of the World War II Hurricane and the Polish MiG 29. A unique tribute to the role the Polish Air Force have played in support of the RAF


The best was definitely saved for last thanks to a former air cadet.  Ft Lt Stuart Kynaston, who is the Chinook Display Captain 2018, and his team gave us an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Chinook. We were also airside when the Typhoon Display Team were roaring across the skies and had an unrivalled view of these amazing planes



Another hugely successful Cosford Airshow – thanks to everyone who made it possible.



Changing of the Guard at 617 (Heber) Squadron

Thursday 28th June 2018  –

After 10 years as Officer In Charge 617 (Heber) Squadron, it was time for Warrant Officer Francois Kamudu to say goodbye. Cadets and Staff celebrated the success WO Kamudu has brought to the Squadron over the past decade and thanked him on behalf of cadets past and present for his dedication, enthusiasm and support. WO Kamudu was presented with a framed print displaying three F35-B Lightning II Aircraft, the next generation Aircraft flown by No. 617 (Dambusters) Squadron RAF.

WO Kamudu handed over the keys and control of the Squadron to OIC 617 (Heber) Squadron, Sgt Gina Aldous. WO Kamudu moves to take over as Officer In Charge, 79 Squadron ATC in Whitchurch, just 6 miles away.

Changing of the guard

More Athletics Glory for Cpl Clark and Cdt C James

On another blisteringly hot weekend following the inter-squadron athletics competition, Cpl Clark and Cdt C James were selected to represent West Mercian Wing at the Wales and West Regional Athletics Competition against rival Wings – Merseyside, Staffs and Welsh Wings 1, 2 and 3. Both cadets did themselves and the squadron proud, winning 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Thanks to their efforts the Wing won the u17 men’s competition and came second in the overall trophy.

Sqn Ldr Feast, the Wing Sports Officer, visited the squadron afterwards to present the cadets with their Wing Sports Blues.