South West Region


Text and photographs provided by Flt Lt Roger Starling, MCO, Dorset Wiltshire Wing One of the first events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Air Training Corps is the official opening of a special exhibition at the RAF Museum at Hendon on Sunday, 7th February 2016. The specially constructed exhibition will occupy a large gallery on the first floor of the museum until Remembrance Sunday in November 2016. A similar, smaller, exhibition will be located at the RAF Museum at Cosford. For more than a year, Gp Capt Mike Remlinger, SW Region Commandant, and Project Officer, Flt Lt Roger Starling, Media Communications Officer, Dorset Wiltshire Wing, have been working closely with a project team from the RAF Museum to produce a fitting tribute to the first 75 years of the ATC. Flt Lt Roger Starling explains: “The objective is not just to celebrate our anniversary but to tell the Air Cadet story in a way that will be interesting to those who have no previous knowledge of our organisation and raise awareness of the wide range of our activities.” “The exhibition has display panels illustrating the wide range of activities undertaken by cadets and celebrating individual achievements. Supporting these are an audio-visual presentation and artefacts from the museum collection. There is even a Viking glider cockpit to reflect the importance of gliding within the Corps.” Entrance to the RAF Museum is free and details of opening hours can be found on their website at Photographs 1   Slingsby “Grasshopper” Glider One of the first things seen by visitors to the exhibition will be a Slingsby “Grasshopper” glider suspended from the ceiling of the entrance hall – complete with cadet pilot! These gliders, based on a pre-war German design, were used by ATC Squadrons and RAF sections of the Combined Cadet Force from 1952 to the late 1980s. Many “early” cadets made their first very brief solo flights in these gliders. 2   The RAF Museum at Hendon ENDS RHQSW#AC75~Hendon Grasshopper RHQSW#AC75~HendonMuseum    

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