I recently had a day trip with the cadets to RAF Brize Norton. We visited three main areas of the base:

  • TMW – Tactical Med Wing
  • GEW – General Engineering Wing
  • 47 Sqn
Allison AE 2100D3 and composite blades
Allison AE 2100D3 and composite blades

I learnt a lot and saw two types of aircraft I hadn’t seen before. The weather was quite grey and so the photos are a bit of a washout, I don’t do Photoshop. The low cloud base did mean that the aircraft would take off and about fifteen seconds later they would climb through the cloud.


I spent a week at RAF Brize Norton recently with the Combined Cadet Force RAF Section from work. I had a great time but more importantly all of the cadets we took had a good time. We were very busy and it was extremely tiring but I got so much from it.

Here’s a list of things that we did (mostly because I can’t be bothered to compose prose for this):

  • 5.56 shooting at the outdoor range. After over twenty years of not shooting a weapon I was very happy with my twenty shot grouping.
  • Grob Tutor air experience flying with 6 AEF at RAF Benson.
  • RAF Section Visits to:
    • Air Traffic Control
    • Fire
    • Armoury
    • JADTEU
    • 47 Air Despatch
    • Survival Equipment
    • SERE
    • Dog Handling
    • DMTS
    • Support Eng Flight
    • XXIV Squadron
    • Parachute Training School
  • DCCT – I managed to pass my RAF shooting test with a score of 65/75
  • Low Ropes
  • High Ropes
  • Laser Target Practice
  • Ten Pin Bowling

The Officers’ Mess was a delight and a wonderful building that overlooked the runway about half way along. My only problem was that the Friday of camp was the Officers’ Summer Ball and while my room overlooked the runway it also was directly above the bar and next to the funfair that was set up for the ball. That night I slept in the cadets billet as a supervisor rather than not sleep in my room in the mess.

Here’s a selection of photographs I took during the week. I can’t share some of the really cool stuff we saw because it’s covered by the OS Act.