May 24, 2011
photos: Action-packed month for Burnham-On-Sea Air Cadets!
from Burnham-On-Sea's air cadet corp have lifted off in an RAF
helicopter, taken part in an army exercise, and joined in emergency
scenarios with police and ambulance crews during an action-packed
and cadets from 290 Squadron Air Cadets took to the skies in the
Royal Air Force's Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter during
a visit to Royal Marine Base Chivenor in North Devon.
cadets were shown around A flight, 22 Squadron before
being involved in the duty pilots briefing.
also learned about the hoisting equipment using to winch people
up to the helicopter.
highlight of the visit was a 20 minute low-level flight along
the North Devon coastline during which each of the cadets
was winched down to the ground.
Sergeant Daniel Hopkins, 16, said: "It was a fantastic visit.
Being winched up was amazing! I cant wait for the next trip!"
Burnham police and ambulance service attended 290 Squadron Air
Cadets headquarters in Burnham last week (as pictured right) to
give the cadets information about career opportunities.
The evening was run by Air cadet staff Flt Lt Will Stephens RAF
VR(T), who is a police response officer and Fg Off Chris Garrett
RAF VR(T), who is an ambulance Technician.
They took the cadets through the equipment that both services
carries and showed them what they can do to help and protect people
on a daily basis. The highlight of the evening was taking part
in various emergency scenarios.
action-packed month continued when Burnham-based staff and cadets
from 290 Squadron Air Cadets, along with the Royal Marine Cadet
Detachment from TS Weston, joined forces to learn advanced military
field craft during a day long exercise in Weston.
The exercise was led by adult instructor Sergeant Darren Fulcher
of the Royal Marine Cadet detachment, who taught the cadets all
about moving through open terrain using techniques used by snipers
to evade detection by enemy forces, as well as demonstrating the
equipment needed to survive in hostile territory.
Fg Off Garrett from the Air Cadets said: "This was an excellent
day in which the Air Cadets learnt some great new skills to add
to our field craft training. It was a great start to a relationship
between the two cadet forces in which we hope to continue in the
more information on 290 Burnham and Weston Squadron Air Cadets,
visit the group's website here.