A Taste of the Highlife with the RAF

For any aircraft enthusiast, the Royal International Air Tattoo is the biggest event in aviation of the year. Over 800 cadets help to keep the event running smoothly, whilst making new friends and gaining memories that will last a lifetime. With displays from international fast jet teams and a visit from our very own Red Arrows, there is plenty to see and do, over the main 7-day camp or the extended two-week camp. Those on the extended camp helped to build the campsite where their fellow cadets will be staying during the show. On Thursday 18th July, the main camp began and several of our own cadets made their way to RAF Fairford for one of the biggest air shows of the year. Four cadets from 878 Highworth Squadron were given the opportunity to attend the main camp this year, where their activities involved car parking, assisting visitors to the show, handing out flyers and door duty on the prestigious Crew Club.

“RIAT was the most amazing camp you can attend with the Air Cadets. The diversity of activities can’t be found anywhere but at Fairford.”

Cadet Nile Austin

“It was a fantastic experience and I met so many people from the whole corps.”

Cadet Alex Tilling

“RIAT was a fantastic experience for me! I made loads of new friends from the length and breadth of the UK. Having an interest in aircraft, the tattoo was naturally a happy place for me, but it was made better by friendly staff. Overall, a great experience full of adventure.”

Cadet Sam Brown

A huge part of a career within the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, involves spending time away living on military bases and experiencing a different way of life. This year, more 878 cadets had the chance to spend a week at RAF Henlow visiting museums and different sections around the station. The first week of camp fell over the hottest day in history, so it really was a summer camp!

“RAF Henlow Camp was truly another amazing experience which the RAFAC has provided me with. The week comprised of section visits to broaden our knowledge of the cadets, for many of whom it was their first camp.”

Corporal Adam Revill

Corporal Anna Talbert

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