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Water Fight – 27/07/18 (GoPro footage)

Water Fight

We decided after weeks of the hot weather that we needed to cool off, So a water fight it was... it was also an excuse to check out the new GoPro camera's durability. We do need some more training on it, as for the whole of the water balloon fight a Cadet was videoing.. well she thought she was. So this is just a taste of the evening.

Fire Station Visit – 17/07/18

Runcorn Fire Visit

In July we were invited to the Runcorn Fire Station by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. Here's what happened...

We should of took spare clothes...

Archery – 10/07/18


On the 10th July 2018 cadets underwent training and a range day (evening) with a Bow and Arrow. A big thanks to Mr Kirkham for running the range.

Cadets learn to fly high with new flight sim

306 Cadets Flight Sim Launch
The cutting of the ribbon

On 27th April 2018, Officer’s, Staff and Cadets of 306 (Runcorn) Sqn RAFAC unveiled their new state of the art flight simulator.
(Pictured above: Cdt P Diprose, Cpl T Westwood with SM Devereux, David Keane and Insp Khan)

Special guests

Amongst the guests invited to the opening ceremony was David Keane PCC for Cheshire, Insp Fez Khan from Runcorn Local Policing unit and Station Manager Stuart Devereux from Runcorn fire station, Squadron civilian committee members who helped to raise funds for flight sim were also present.

The flight sim will be used by cadets to learn basic aircraft controls and handling before they take to the skies in one of the RAF’s Tutor training aircraft. We are also fortunate enough to have 2 qualified pilots as staff members who will teach the cadets how to fly using the simulator.

The maiden voyage

Plt Officer Lee takes our guests on a quick pleasure flight

The maiden voyage

Cadets also prepared and delivered a short demonstration of activities they can take part in for the guest to get a better understanding of what the RAFAC has to offer young people within the community.

Indoor Kyaking

The new extreme sport of Indoor Kyacking

Twitter post
Final Parade
Cutting of the cake

mmm..... cake

The RAFAC is open to any young person aged 12 (in year 8 of school) and 18; 306 Sqn is based on Crown Gate Barracks in Runcorn, opposite the Royal Mail sorting office near to Runcorn Shopping City and meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings 7pm-9.30pm

War pilot inspires Air Cadets

22nd June 2005

VETERAN Beaufighter pilot Les Fitton kept young air cadets spellbound as he relived his daring recces.

Armed with rockets and cannons, he dodged radar, patrolling the Italian Adriatic as a 'shipbuster'.

"The most memorable part was when he fired the rockets at a ship docked and then days later you could still see most of the wreck," said air cadet Chris Mould, 16, of 306 (Runcorn) squadron, fascinated to hear first hand how the war was won 60 years ago.

Mr Fitton, who lived in Runcorn, was able to remember each sortie with such detail and precision, it was hard to believe this courageous airman is now 83.

He even produced his pilot's 'survival kit' - inside an old tobacco tin.

It included various James Bond-like devices, such as collar studs that doubled up as a compass and instruments that could be hidden during a body search and used as a means of escape if he had been captured.

"His talk was very interesting, coming first hand from a pilot who experienced World War Two," said cadet Chris Hulse, 14.

New recruit Jordan Williams, a Bankfield pupil, said: "I learnt a lot about the war that I didn't know before and a lot more about the planes."

Mr Fitton's two sisters, who both live in Runcorn and listened to his presentation, said it was the first time they had heard about many of his dangerous missions.

His drive and determination inspired many of the cadets who hope to follow in his footsteps.

Cadet Jonathan Alexander, said: "Listening to his story just made me want to be a pilot even more."

Squadron commander, Flt Lieut Mal Jordan, said: "Mr Fitton kept the cadets enthralled with his stories.

"I would like to thank him for giving up his time to come and talk to us. He has given us all great inspiration."

Runcorn air cadets meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at their HQ in Highlands Road at 7.30pm. New recruits are most welcome.

Article by Barbera Jordan of The Runcorn and Widnes World

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