'It Makes Me Want To Be A Red Arrow': Air Cadets Inspired By Display

Red Arrows and Battle of Britain memorial flight, make an appearance at the last day of national aerospace camp at RAF Syerston.

Hundreds of RAF air cadets have been treated to their own private airshow with a thrilling display from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The show in the air was the climax of this year's National Aerospace Camp, held at RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire, and proved to be an inspiration for the young cadets.

Flight Sergeant Aisha Mohammed said: "It kind of makes me want to be a Red Arrow.

"I feel doing something like that, I want to make other cadets feel 'wow, that's incredible, that's amazing'."

For cadets wanting to pursue a career as a pilot, there were flying simulators included as part of camp activities – the same ones used to train the Royal Air Force.

RAF cadet discussing lockdown effects
Cadet Aisha Mohammed was inspired by the Red Arrows.

Sergeant Paul Allen, who showed the cadets how to use the simulators, said: "It gives them the chance to experience flying but in a safe environment."

As well as the air show, cadets could take part in a range of activities on the ground – from making drones to learning how to construct a robot that can navigate through obstacles.

The air cadet experience is a good path to a flying career, as Squadron Leader Adam Collins, the Red Arrows' Red 10, explained.

"Most of the pilots on the team and a lot of the engineers were all in the air cadets before joining the Royal Air Force, so it's great for us to be able to come here and give something back and help to inspire them, follow their dreams," he said.

Squadron leader Adam Collins
Squadron Leader Adam Collins, the Red Arrows' Red 10, supervises the aerobatic team.

"Maybe, whatever field they want to join the Royal Air Forces [as], or other careers outside of the Royal Air Force, will help them to follow that dream."

Even with the spectacular air show above their heads, a lot of the cadets were simply happy to be making new friends and catching up with old ones.  

Lockdown due to the COVID pandemic had kept the cadets apart for an entire year.

Cadet Aisha Mohammed added: "It was genuinely just a nice experience getting to see people my age again after being in such a harsh and lonely lockdown."