The RAF Section was engaged in its usual Summer Field Day exercises at the RAF College at Cranwell though without the normal “under canvas” conditions, due to an Air Cadet Organisation embargo on overnight camping which is currently in place. Accommodated, therefore, in the Candidates’ Mess, on Thursday evening the Basic Section cadets prepared and enjoyed their Field Rations in the Department of Initial Officer Training area of Cranwell (Reeves’ Plantation); mapped the area in an orienteering and reconnaissance activity; and then took part in a navigation and equipment gathering exercise in the growing darkness (although the darkness was briefly dispelled by the spectacular Graduation Ball firework display at the nearby College!)
Friday morning was spent taking part in a variety of activities including a teamwork exercise using the Low Ropes course at the College and a demonstration of how to prepare rabbits and pigeons for consumption in the field by Sergeant Robbie Stewart of the RAF EOD Team from St George’s Barracks at Bicester. For a very happy few – actually, six – a thirty-minute Air Experience Flight in a Grob Tutor was the highlight of the two days as normal flying opportunities have resumed after a two year break in service. Many more flying opportunities will be available next term and the primary reason for joining the RAF section will once again be open to all.