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Which ATC Squadron are/were you a member of?

Post by Newcastle_Paul » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:26 pm

Between 1986 and 1989 I was a member of 1260 sqn Newark & Sherwood. I really enjoyed my time in the cadets and was lucky to get flying at Newton, Syerston and Scampton. The annual camps were a real laugh, especially the May camp at Proteus.

Looking back now it would've been great if they had some type of mentoring scheme that helped you work towards entry into your chosen trade. I know everyone wants to be a pilot at that age but a reality check may have made me work harder at school so I didn't bomb when I went for Aircrew selection.

What are your memories of ATC?

P.S. What ever happened to John Andrews?
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Re: Which ATC Squadron are/were you a member of?

Post by Phill318 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:33 pm

As I turned 20 last week, I am now and ex-cadet. I was a member of 318 (Sale) Squadron and when I started University I transferred to 2229 (Loughborough) Sqn. As you said some of the best memories are from annual camps. Mine were Innsworth, Waddington and Benson. I was lucky in that I managed to complete a gliding scholarship and a flying scholarship. However I think the best moment was finally managing to win the drill comp at wing in my final year. Altogether a great experience and I am going back as a CI.
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Post by Bucky P » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:38 pm

From 1980 to 1983 I was in 2121 Sqn Abingdon, 30 years ago! Was it really that long ago! :O

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Post by Flyingmonster » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:53 pm

Iam curretly a Cpl at 2431 Keighley Sqn, Central and East Wing :thumb: I finish my time in Feb 2011 but am looking at becoming a Adult NCO :thumb:
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Post by GOOSE » Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:57 pm

195 Grimsby Sqn - '84 - '90.
P.S. What ever happened to John Andrews?
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Post by ArabJazzie » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:00 pm

1232 (City of Dundee) squadron 1985 to 1989/90!

Jesus i feel old!!!
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Post by Bucky P » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:25 pm

Come on, there must be someone out there older than me! :'(

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Post by Sparts99 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:31 pm

Blimey Arabjazzie, you feel old ?

228 (Bromley) Sqn 1975 - 78ish, made staff cadet while still a cadet. Agree on the trade help thing above, likewise I dropped right out when rejected for commissioned aircrew.

Camps at West Raynham (85 & 100 Sqn Canberras + Bloodhound Servicing flight, got a flight in a 100 Sqn B2), Coltishall (6, 41 & 54 Sqn Jaguars), Laarbruch (15 & 16 Sqn Buccaneers, 2 Sqn Jaguars), Scampton (27, 44 & ? Sqn Vulcans).

Quite a few weekends away at local army camps.

Good times (mostly).
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Post by SCARECROW » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:36 pm

1978-1981
1261 sqn Thornaby on Tees, camps at Turnhouse and Marham. Flew over the Firth of Forth, which was fantastic, and flew from Honington with Buccs and Hunters either side of us ! Never did much more flying as our WO never booked transport for us ! Got peed off joined the ROC for 4 years before the RAF for 12 !(years, not months !)

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Post by Mike s » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:51 pm

i was a CI At 2180 Galashiels sqn oct 2007-jan 2010 my highlight was a base visit to linton in 2008 and flying in a Viking T.1,
my son is a sargent in the same sqn

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Post by viper3111 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:54 pm

104 Sqdn City of Cambridge 91-94 :thumb:

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Post by reaperops » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:57 pm

Was a member of 2417(Newmarket), from 1986 to 1998 From cadet throught to Flying Officer. Was a flight a staff a cadet a 5 AEF at Cambridge when they had the Chipmunks and Huskey. Did my BGT at Swanton Mortury and had a launch failiure on my first solo. Went too Gibralter twice, Cyprus and Germany, had two flights in KC-135's, working at Mildenhall Air Fete and meeting loads of different characters along the line who influnced me in many different ways. My main highlight was flying in a Chipmunk into Mildenhall for Air Fete'91 for static display.

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Post by reaper493 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:19 pm

Been with 366 squadron in sheffield since Feb'00, Aged out in Feb'07 as a CWO and went straight to being a CI, currently applying for a commission to get back in uniform :D
Camps as a Cadet-Henlow, High Wycombe,MIldenhall Air Fete 2001, Leuchars, Kinloss (twice) and Shawbury, Camps as a CI- Kinloss (twice), Leuchars and Wittering. Been flying in a Bulldog, Tutor, Gazelle,Sea King, Griffin (twice) Squirell (twice) Nimrod (6 hour flight over towards Denmark hunting subs), Puma and best of all a 4 hour flight in a Tristar over the north see refuelling Gr.4s, F3s and a single Vc-10.

:clap: Happy times indeed. :clap:

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Post by graham luxton » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:27 pm

Bucky P wrote:Come on, there must be someone out there older than me! :'(
Quite a bit older but I suspect a few others will be even more ancient !
I was in 381(Reading) Sqdn '64 to '67. Got lots of flying, solo'd for the first time in Cadet MK.3 WT894 of 613GS at Halton on 18 June'66 --- anyone else fly that one? Had a great summer camp at Gaydon in '66 which included a 4 hour trip in 2ANS Varsity T.1 WF378(B). Being in the ATC did open a few doors like getting into Greenham Common during the Operation Freloc airlift which was controlled from a mobile tower and radar shack ----- great days they were for a teenage spotter in uniform!
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Post by jem60 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:30 pm

1365[Aylesbury] sqdn from 1957 to around1961. Staff Cadet on 613 Gliding School. Flying in Beverley, Hastings, Ansons, Vampire T.11. Good days. :D

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Post by tg13 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:30 pm

Me...203 (Gainsborough) sqd 1982-1985 best time was a 32 minute trip in Slingsby T21 Sedburgh glider from Scampton,and a trip in an Air Atlatique Dakota from Humberside Airport Airshow,1984 i think...we had been on car parking duties for the event.I left at the age of 16 to thrash my FS1E (fizzy) round the streets of Gainsborough :clap:

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Post by sherriff » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:08 pm

5(F) Sqn. 63-70. Simply the best.
644 VGS. 67-70. Staff Cdt.
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Post by chrissytd5 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:12 pm

Leek 60 sqrn. 1990 till about 1994 i think. the second week i was there i did my first class cadet exam as some others were doing it, and passed. reaches sgt staff cadet or what ever it was called. did camps at waddo, brize, llanbedr, loads of weekend courses at RAF stafford and we also were able to shoot there regular in the evenings and at Anzio tranning camp near leek were we did loads of night ex's. used to fly chipmunks at shawbury and go gliding at cosford. Then the local RAF careers officer used to visit us at the squadron. I applied to be a loadmaster but to cut a long story short, i used to live in the sticks and at the time i passed my driving test and got a car which gave me my independence i then gradually stopped going and got a sh*t job and never joined the RAF. still is the one and only regret of my life :( could kick my self now as a lot of my friends joined. :@

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Post by Sheff » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:20 pm

I can't even remember the years now but I was in 367 Squadron. It was rubbish. All they ever did was ceremonial drill. Dark rumours that one cadet might get a ride in a Chipmunk or a glider if he hung around for years and kissed-up to the right people... so I lost interest! I rebuilt their model collection though!

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Post by chrissytd5 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:27 pm

thats one of the reasons i gradually stopped going. All we seemed to do was parades and car parking at craft fairs lol. I have recently been asked to go back to biddulph sqd as a C.i. though which im considering, :unsure:

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