Exercise Northern Viking – Iceland Expedition

  • By Sqn Ldr Thompson
  • 1 August, 2016
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On 27 July 2016 seven cadets and two staff flew to Reykjavik for the adventure of a lifetime. Their aim is to commemorate the ATC’s 75th Anniversary by successfully completing Iceland’s spectacular Landmannalaugar trail.  They will carry full expedition kit and camp out for five days.  After the trail they will hike up to a glacier and go ice climbing with local guides before spending a day visiting natural hot springs. The cadets will be led on the Landmannalaugar trail by a qualified mountaineering instructor but, throughout the expedition, they will have to make their own decisions about how the group’s budget is spent. Exercise Northern Viking is another fantastic Bristol … Continue Reading →

Cadets from 2146 Sqn take to the water in Bristol

  • By Wing IT Officer
  • 31 July, 2016
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Recently cadets from 2146 (South East Bristol) Squadron, coached by Flt Lt Martin Neate from 2124 (Bristol Airport) Squadron took to the water in Bristol to train for this year’s Moat Boat Race in Wells. The cadets used the Feeder Canal for the first time as a watersports training area and practiced paddling their raft ‘U-2146’ in teams in order to hone their race technique. The cadets built the raft last year for the annual race in Wells and while their staff took home a trophy, the cadets weren’t so lucky and are keen to emulate that success this year. … Continue Reading →

Success for 1860 (East Bristol) Squadron at Wing Activities Day

  • By Sqn Ldr Thompson
  • 17 July, 2016
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A day of competitive activities was held at Buckley Barracks at the weekend in involving drill, modelling, sports, first aid aircraft recognition and among other things.  Although it was hard fought there could only be one winner, 1860 Squadron led by Officer in Charge Flg Off (Flying Officer) Meg Wild RAFVR(T) rose to the challenge letting out a big cheer on hearing the results read out by Officer Commanding Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, Wing Commander David Cox RAFVR(T).  Flg Off Wild said “I am really proud of them, the agreement was if they win it was a trip to Nando’s on … Continue Reading →


Bristol & Gloucestershire WREV (Wing Recruiting & Educational Vehicle) was on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo over the weekend of 8th -10th July taking its place in the RAF Village. The new position proved to be very successful in capturing the interest of the public with young people flying the Viking simulator, dropping parachutes in the drop zone from the back of a Hercules model on a zip wire and the trusted old wire buzzer game. The weekend saw many enquiries from near and far with some children only aged 7 to 11 it gave them an insight of … Continue Reading →

75th Anniversary Parade at RIAT

  750 Air Cadets and Staff assembled at the Royal International Air Tattoo RAF Fairford for the 75th Anniversary Parade on Friday 8th July.  Arriving from near & far the cadets and staff accompanied by the Air Cadets national band marched along Patrons Way where there was an “Eyes Right”, taking the salute was Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, and the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE. Thousands of onlookers were entertained with music as the proud cadets and staff took part in one of the biggest events of the year to … Continue Reading →

Flight of a lifetime….

Cadet Warrant Officer Elin Caine was all smiles after her flight with the Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo last weekend. Elin, an Air Cadet with 186 Newent Squadron was selected after her success of completing the CVQO Duke of Westminster Award. The Award is designed to find and recognise the best of the CVQO BTEC cadets across the UK. It’s not just about being a great cadet – CVQO is looking for young people who go beyond the cadet experience, who become valuable members of their communities and who show a willingness selflessly to help others. See … Continue Reading →

Going Back in Time

Annual camps with over 200 cadets, delaying a Wing Commander so cadets could eat their chips in peace, being interviewed in a pub for promotion by a Regional Commandant are some of the vivid memories of retired Wing Commander John Mandeville, who lives in Stroud. John joined the RAF in 1948 and completed basic training at RAF Padgate. During a lesson on ranks and badges he recalls being told that it was unlikely that he would ever see anyone above the rank of Wing Commander, unless on a big parade. That proved far from the case, as being posted to … Continue Reading →

Wing celebrates 75th anniversary at Gloucester cathedral

  • By Wing IT Officer
  • 4 July, 2016
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The sun shone on the Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing parade on Sunday 3rd July as Cadets and staff marched to the Gloucester Cathedral for a service to celebrate the forming of the Air Training Corps 75 years ago on 5th February 1941 and to acknowledge the 100 years since the start of The Battle of the Somme. About 300 cadets and staff took part in a march past, the salute was taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter DBE and Air Marshall Julian Young CB OBE RAF. The cadets played a large part in the service by … Continue Reading →

Promoting the ATC live on BBC

A 181 Sqn cadet gave a brilliant performance live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire promoting the ATC on the eve of the 75th Anniversary Parade in Gloucester.

Bristol & Glos. Wing Staff and Cadets pass BEL Assessment

  • By Wing IT Officer
  • 26 June, 2016
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Congratulations to Bristol and Glos. Wing’s 9 staff and 2 cadets who passed their BEL assessments today in the Cotswolds. Thanks go to all the tutors who gave their time to make it possible and whose approach was praised by the Sports Leader UK External Validator. The new Basic Expedition Leaders will achieve a Level 3 qualification that will increase the Wing’s capacity to deliver adventure training and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions.