Flying & Gliding
It comes as no surprise that the Air Cadets can often be seen in the air. The ATC allows cadets to fly a variety of aircraft, most commonly the Grob Tutor, Vigiliant Glider and the Viking Glider. The Grob Tutor is a light aircraft that pilots in the RAF train in, before moving onto fast jets or multi-engine aircraft. The two gliders are flown with the engine off, and the trick to staying airbourne is by finding pockets of turbulence and using these to maintain, and gain altitude.
Parades are an essential part of ATC life. Bromley Squadron can be seen every year marching along Bromley High Street in November for Rememberence Sunday. The Squadron will parade several times a year at a range of public events, and as there are no RAF stations in this part of the country, 228 (Bromley) Squadron ATC is proud to be one of a few ATC squadron's representing the Royal Air Force in Kent.
The Air Training Corps love to help the community, and Bromley Squadron is no different. 228 help out with several events throughout the year, including summer fayres, fund raising for charities, participating at services with St. Christopher's Hospice, and even the Bromley Santa Dash in December.
The Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) gives cadets the opportunity to fire two weapons, with the possibilty of using other weapons depending on circumstance. The two most commonly used, are the No. 8 22. bolt action rifle seen in the picture above, and the L98A2. The L98 is a modified version of L85A2, the same weapon that the UK Armed Forces operate. Cadets may shoot for practices, in competition, or to earn markmanship badges. The real sharpshooters in the Air Cadets are taken to Bisley, to put their skills to the test against other cadet forces, such as the Army cadets.
What we do
The Air Training Corps was formed during the Second World War, and the activites undertaken by Air Cadets have changed dramactically over the years. Yet the qualities of a good cadet remain the same. Here you can find out more about what the ATC does, and what it can do for you.
Adventure Training encompasses a whole range of activities. These include: rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, abseiling, mountaneering, canoeing, archery etc etc. The list is a long one, and cadets can enjoy all of these activities on a regular basis, gaining qualifications while at it. Adventure training is a fantastic part of cadet life, and not something you get offered everyday outside the corps!
Throughout the year there are several opportunities for a cadet to prove their worth in sport. There are 5-a-side football competitions, as well as 11-a-side, rugby, cricket, atheletics, hockey, cross country running and much much more. At Wing level competition, you may get scouted to play for Kent, and can progress even further to represent London and the South-East Region.