Cadets: Hercules aircraft heading to Belvoir

Cadets from Grantham with a Hercules on their visit to RAF Brize Norton.

Cadets from Grantham with a Hercules on their visit to RAF Brize Norton.

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Air cadets from Grantham visited RAF Brize Norton where they were given a tour of the RAF parachute school.

The cadets from 47F Grantham Squadron Air Training Corps met up with 47 Squadron Royal Air Force last

week at RAF Brize Norton.

The squadron of cadets and staff from 47F Grantham squadron met up with 47 squadron which operates the C130J Hercules transport aircraft. Their their role is to fly support equipment for all three services, with their current demands in Afghanistan.

The squadron were shown around the aircraft and also met with 47 squadron Air Despatch, Royal Logistics Corps who are responsible for loading the aircraft.

The cadets were also given a tour or the RAF parachute school and were able to try on the parachutes. All then enjoyed a lunch in the junior ranks mess before returning back to Grantham.

Gary Allen of 47F said: “The links now formed between the two squadrons means that further trips will be arranged and next time some flying will be on the program. 47 Squadron will also take part in the next exercise at Belvoir Castle with the plan of landing a Hercules aircraft on the Belvoir estate.

“The 100 years anniversary of 47 squadron at RAF Brize Norton is in 2014, with the squadron being formed 4 years before the formation of the Royal Air Force and 47F Grantham squadron has been invited to take part in the celebrations.”

The cadets are pictured with a Hercules aircraft.