On Sunday 17th November, 13 members of the RAF section of the CCF braved the cold early morning conditions to travel to RAF Cosford for the regional finals of the Air Squadron Trophy Competition. This is something that the section have performed well in over the last few years, but for the last three successive years have missed out on a national finals place by literally one or two points.
Captained by Sergeant Zoe K, the team took part in the usual rounds: first aid; aircraft recognition; RAF general service knowledge; shooting and finally the uniform inspection and drill competition. Traditionally the King’s teams have always done well in the first aid competition, and this year was no exception. The team won the first aid round, came second in the aircraft recognition and drill competition and third in the general service knowledge round. These achievements culminated in them emerging as overall runners up out of 12 schools. Therefore, the team are now through to the national finals at RAF Halton which will take place in March next year. This was last achieved by a King’s team in 2016. The whole team worked tremendously well together, and their achievements in the regional finals is no more than they deserve.
On Tuesday 19th November, nine RAF Cadets (three of whom had been in the Air Squadron Trophy competition two days previously) went back to RAF Cosford for one of the regular flying days. Despite the recent weather, a gap came up sufficiently for all nine cadets to fly. Niamh T and Amelia D got to fly in the Grob Tutor for the first (and not last) time whilst other cadets took to the air for the third (or even fourth) occasion in their CCF careers. Several of the older cadets were able to do some aerobatic manoeuvres such as the ‘half cuban’, ‘aileron roll’, and ‘full loop’. Several of the cadets have used this flying day to take more steps to earning their bronze wings. We have been lucky this term being able to fly on both occasions that we have been booked in. Further opportunities for 2020 are coming up.