Friday 5 February marked the 75th anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps – now known as Air Cadets – and 59 Squadron, together with the rest of the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Forces will be celebrating throughout the year with a series of events.

The Air Cadets is a youth organisation aimed at teenagers between 12 – 20 years old who may have an interest in joining the armed forces or may have an interest in aviation. The aims of the cadet organisation include promoting and encouraging interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force, to provide training useful for both service and civilian lifestyles and to encourage spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.

Throughout their cadet careers, young people over the years have had access to a range of opportunities not available to others such as dual and solo flying & gliding, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh’s award, adventure training including climbing or kayaking, sporting events, further BTEC studies, military camps and exercises and overseas visits.

Celebrating 75 years of the Air Cadet Organisation