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487 Squadron ATC
(Kingstanding and Perry Barr

2 Squadrons form largest cadet contingent at the Remembrance Day Parade in Birmingham


Staff and Cadets from 487 Sqn and its Detached Flight, and 493 Sqn recently took part in the largest Midlands Remembrance Day Parade in Birmingham City Centre.

A flight of 36 cadets was led by Flt Lt Munford with officers from 487 Sqn and 493 Sqn. also taking part.

The parade was watched by thousands of people from around the Midlands on what turned out to be a very cold, bright Sunday morning.

Instructor Cadet Sergeant Walden laid the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing wreath at the Hall of Memory.

Mr S.Jennings
Published 2006-12-01 20:26:07
Air Cadets Successfully Pull nine tonne Fighter Aircraft for Charity!!


On 26th October 2006, 25 cadets from 487 Sqn Air training Corps (ATC) based in Kingstanding, and 487 Sqn Detached Flight, based at the Stockland Green School attempted to pull a Jaguar Fighter Aircraft at RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton.

The aircraft weighs over nine tonnes and has recently retired from front line service with the Royal Air Force.

Using two ropes, the cadets successfully pulled the aircraft over more than 100 yards, into a howling gale and up a slight incline!

The cadets were taking part in the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Top Flight Competition. ATC Squadrons across the United Kingdom have been asked to come up with innovative ideas to raise money for RAFA. The Squadron and DF are hoping to raise over one thousand pounds and are already well on the way to reaching that target.

The winning squadron has a chance of going to Cyprus with the Red Arrows in 2007.

Mr S Jennings
Published 2006-11-16 13:14:06
Cadets Fly High

On Saturday 27th May 2006 cadets from 487, 495 and 165 squadrons, along with cadets from 487 DF, attended 8 AEF at RAF Cosford to participate in Air Experience flying.

There Cadets were given the opportunity to fly in and take control, with an instructor, of the Tutor aircraft. If cadets wished they could participate in aerobatic manoeuvres - including barrel rolls, stall turns and loops - under the guidance of an instructor.

After they had completed their flying the cadets visited the Air Museum. They were allowed full access to all the displays and even got a look at the new hanger been built to house the legenday V-bombers.

Cdt K Molyneaux
Published 2006-06-01 00:00:00
Valley of the Hawks

Cpl Steve Mason visited RAF Valley on the 19th of April 2006. Cpl Mason was first invited to sit in on the daily weather brief, after that Steven led by hawk pilot 'Trigger' was taken to the 208 Sqn hanger to be shown around a Hawk aircraft. Cpl Mason was then treated to an hour in the Hawk simulator.

The eventful day was then ended with a visit to 22 (Serch and Resuce) sqn to visit the squadron's Sea King Helicopters. Cpl Mason very much enjoyed his day at RAF valley and would like to thank 'Trigger', 'Kendo' and all at 208 and 22 sqns.

Cpl Steve Mason
Published 2006-05-01 00:00:00
Classic Air Atlantic

2 Cadets and 2 staff got the opportunity for a guided tour of Air Atlantique's classic flight on Wednesday 15th February 2006.

Air Atlantique's classic flight of a wide range of diverse classic aircraft that are restored and kept in airworthy condition. The cadets were shown round inside several of these aircraft, including a DC3 Dakota and the only Flying Twin Pioneer in the world. They also had the opportunity to see inside the cockpit of a modern ATP airliner, allowing them to compare the differences.

The day finished with a visit to the Midland Air Museum, Where aside from seeing the exhibits cadets were also shown inside the cockpits of an Avro Vulcan Bomber and an Argosy Transport aircraft.

The Cadets enjoyed the day which was arranged by Cadet Corporal Steven Mason.

Alan Lodge
Published 2006-02-19 00:00:00
Poppy Appeal Presentation


Cadets and staff from 487 Squadron and 487 DF attended a presentation evening, at the local British Legion Club. The presentation evening was to thank all those that had collected money for the 2005 Poppy Appeal. The Branch had raised over 17,000

Flight Lieutenant Chris Mumford accepted, on behalf of the squadron, the "Youth trophy". This trophy is given to the local cadet unit - ATC, ACF or Sea Cadet - that collects the most money for the appeal. 487 Sqn collected nearly 1900, towards the appeal, with Cadet Michael Wallis collecting the most money.

Alan Lodge
Published 2006-02-10 00:00:00
ATC Sunday Parade

On Sunday 5th February 2006, Cadets and Staff of 487 Squadron, and its Detached Flight, along with another 180 members Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing, travelled to Daventry to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Air Training Corps. In this they were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Air Commodore Mitchell, The Regional Commandant - Group Captain Ford and other invited guests.

The Wing Paraded through the town centre to a church service, presided over by both the Wing and Regional Chaplains, held at Holy Cross church. The service saw the cadets and staff renew their promise to the Corps.

After the service the Wing paraded back through the town centre, where the Deputy Wing Commander - Sqn Ldr Harrison - and the invited dignitaries received the salute.

Alan Lodge
Published 2006-02-09 00:00:00
Wing Netball and Rugby

On Sunday the 28th January, Warwickshire and Birmingham wing competed against other wings, within the Central and East Region, in junior Netball and Rugby. Both the Netball and Rugby teams had represntatives from 487 Squadron, Corporal Walker as part of the Netball team and Cadet O'Hare in the Rugby team.

Both teams performed fantastically giving the wing a very succesful day, with the Netball team losing just one game they walked away with a silver medal. The Rugby team on the other hand walked away with a gold medal, and of course the trophy.

Well done to Corporal Walker and Cadet O'Hare, as they both recieved a Wing Blue, and good luck to Cadet O'Hare as he has been selected to attend the regional Junior Rugby trial.

Cpl Clare Walker
Published 2006-02-07 00:00:00