Wing Headquarters staff visit 617 squadron for the Annual Formal Inspection

It’s been a busy time at 617 squadron over the last few weeks preparing for our Annual Formal Inspection (AFI). The big day arrived and our dignitaries from Wing Headquarters were treated to a presentation of all our activities over the past year and a drill parade. Other activities included a test of the cadet’s Wing knowledge, uniform and squadron premises inspection. The hard work ‘bulling’ boots, studying hard and scrubbing floors paid off with the Wing Commander and his team recognising the positive progress we have made since last year.



The visit ended with feedback from the Wing Commander and a presentation. Congratulations to Cpl Hennessey on the award of his Leading Cadet qualification



Well done to everyone who took part and in particular Cpl Faithfull and Cdt E James who wrote and presented a summary of our year to the Wing Commander.



Operation X comes to 617 Squadron


On Tuesday 27 February, the squadron will be hosting a special visit from the RAF Careers Outreach team based on Stoke. The team will be visiting the squadron to run Operation X which a simulated interactive mission which will allow cadets to experience first-hand what happens when the RAF responds to a humanitarian crisis.

Cadets will be able to discover the vital role every member of the RAF, from Pilot to Chef, plays in responding to a call to action. As well as experiencing immersive video, cadets will be able to test their own skills.

For this experience we will be welcoming fellow cadets from 79 (Whitchurch) Sqn



Top Gun’s newest recruits take to the sky!

Cpl Morris and Cdt Hall took to the skies with No. 8 Air Experience Flight (8 AEF) based at RAF Cosford. During their flight they put their recent training in Airmanship into practice, taking control of the Grob Tutor in the skies over Wolverhampton. Air Experience Flights offer cadets the opportunity to experience what it’s like to fly a small single engine twin seat aircraft, piloted by staff from the AEF. As well as AEF flights in the Grob Tutor, Air Cadets can also experience flying in the Viking winch-launched glider.

Top Gun’s newest recruits

617 Celebrate the Founding of the ATC

This Sunday, cadets and staff from 617 (Heber) Squadron celebrated ATC Sunday, remembering the founding of the Air Training Corps on the 5th February 1941. At a special service held at St Oswalds’ church in Malpas to mark the occasion, Canon Ian Davenport, 617’s very own Padre, invited Cadets and staff to renew their promise to the corps. During the service Canon Davenport accepted cadets into the corps, completing their enrolment process and presenting each with a special Air Training Corps bible. The Air Training Corps, founded by Air Commodore J.A. Chamier as the Air Defence Cadet Corps, became the Air Training Corps after receiving Royal Warrant by King George VI on the 5th of February 1941.

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Fg Off Richard Cook (RAF) Inspires a Future Generation

On Tuesday 30th January 617 (Heber) Squadron ATC had a very special visitor. Fg Off Richard Cook (RAF) came to talk to the cadets about his experience joining the Royal Air Force and his training to be a fast jet pilot to date. Cadets were keen to learn what it’s like to join the RAF, elementary flying training, the process of ‘streaming’ to become a fast jet pilot and his experiences in his most recent posting with the Red Arrows Aerobatic display team. The talk was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A and OC 617 (Heber) Squadron, WO Francois Kamudu offered a vote of thanks.

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