Ely cadets treated to private tour of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft. Ph

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Cadets and Staff from 1094 (City of Ely) Squadron were treated to a VIP access all areas “behind the wire” private tour of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby.

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft. Ph

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft such as The Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster while being the guests of the BBMF maintenance flight for the day.

The squadron was rewarded with the rare treat as they recently donated a Chipmunk aircraft engine to the BBMF, which the Squadron had used for decades as a visual aid to train young cadets.

Also accompanying the cadets was the Chair of the Ely Branch of the Royal Air Force Association charity, Mrs Dot Eames who achieved a lifetime ambition of sitting in the cockpit of a Spitfire.

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft. Ph

The cadets got “up close and personal” with some of the RAF’s most treasured historical aircraft. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

For two of the squadron’s youngest cadets getting to look inside The Lancaster bomber was even more poignant, as cadets Polly Nickless and James Munday had only recently spent the day with the surviving crews of the RAF’s pathfinder Lancaster Squadron at RAF Wyton.


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The visit took place on August 29.

If you are aged between 12 and 17 and would like to start your own adventure with the air cadets then go along to your local air cadet squadron or call 07557288214 to find out more.

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