Wg Cdr Ladwa and CI Mason
Wg Cdr Ladwa and Cdt Andrew
On Tuesday 8th December, Wg Cdr Ladwa, OC Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC, visited 487 Sqn to present Wing Medals to the Sqn’s Aircraft Recognition Team.
The team, ex FS Steve Mason, now CI Steve Mason and Cdts Andrew and Kemp, have won the wing championship for the past three years, and they have also won the regional championship for the past two years.
Wg Cdr Ladwa commented “This team has not represented 487 Sqn, but also our wing and our region for the past two years. This is a great achievement by the team and they are a credit to both your Sqn and our Wing. The commitment that these cadets have shown is fantastic and they are to be applauded”.
The pictures show Wg Cdr Ladwa presenting wing medals to CI Steve Mason and Cdt Robert Andrew. Unfortunately, Cdt Kemp couldn’t attend on the evening, but he was given his medal by Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn, on 11th December.
On Sunday 30 November 08, 6 cadets from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn attended the second of a two day VHF radio Operators Course at 485 Squadron in Harborne, having previously completed their “Provisional” training.
The following cadets were in attendance: -
All cadets successfully completed the course and having passed the practical and written assessments are now authorised to operate radios unsupervised. They were awarded their Provisional Certificates and will shortly receive their Full Certificates.
The course together with the First Class & Leading Cadet Communication examinations is part of the modular training required to achieve their ATC Communication Badge (pictured), which is their ultimate aim.
On Saturday 22 November 08, 6 cadets from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn and one from 487 (Erdington) DF, along with Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, travelled to 633 VGS at RAF Cosford for a session of GIC (Gliding Induction Course) flying in the Vigilant motorised aircraft (see picture).
Although the weather conditions were not perfect, it was very cold with patches of cloud, all the cadets from 487 Sqn & DF, along with other cadets from Warks & Birmingham Wing got airborne.
The following cadets completed their first flight and collected a GIC 1 Certificate: -
Cdt Barnhurst also flew and collected a GIC 3 Certificate.
A big thank-you to the OC and staff at 633 VGS for an enjoyable experience.
Cadets from 487 Squadron paraded - along with members of the armed forces and other cadet organisations - in Centenary Square, Birmingham, to remember those that had given their life in the service of their country.
The Parade, which took place on 9th November 2008, was for Remeberance Sunday.
On Saturday 22nd November, 3 cadets from 487 Sqn Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC had the honour of representing the Central and East Region at the National finals of the ATC Aircraft recognition competition.
FS Steven Mason, Cdt’s, Robert Andrew and Martin Kemp travelled with Plt Off Simon Jennings to the RAF Museum at Hendon. This team had earlier in the year won the Wing competition and then gone on to win the regional competition at RAF Wittering. The team were accompanied by Cdt Tom Bell who is hoping to join the team in 2009.
The team were representing all six wings in our region and they came up against some very stiff competition. The aircraft recognition test itself was extremely difficult as you might expect, and the team did extremely well. The Sqn were 4th overall, but this was an extremely close competition with very few points separating the top four teams.
Gp Capt Evans, Chief of Staff at HQAC, attended the event and he praised the cadets for all their hard work. The picture shows the team with Gp Capt Evans standing in front of one the newly renovated Spitfires at the RAF Museum.
Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, CO 487 Sqn commented “Yet again this team of cadets as proved they are the best at Aircraft Recognition. It’s been a great year again for the team and all at the Sqn feel extremely proud that we have represented our region for the second year running. The team will not compete together again because FS Mason will shortly be leaving the cadets to become an adult instructor. The team has now won three wing and two regional championships and they have helped propel our Sqn up the rankings within our own wing.”
On Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November, cadets and members of staff travelled to Birmingham City Centre to collect money in aid of the Royal British Legion poppy appeal. We were also joined by a Cadet from 487 (DF) Sqn. The Sqn is affiliated to the Kingstanding branch of the Royal British Legion and we have supported them for a number of years.
The cadets and staff were positioned around the Bull ring and New Street, and despite a slow start we were soon collecting lots of pound coins and even five and twenty pound notes!!
The Sqn is aiming to collect more than the £2000 we collected last year and despite a busy programme of events, we are hoping to have cadets out collecting in our local area on 8th November. The Sqn is also hoping to take up to 30 cadets to the annual Armistice parade in Birmingham City Centre on 9th November.
All the cadets came away with nearly full collecting tins and despite all feeling cold, all had a great day.
Tuesday 14th October 2008 saw the “retirement” of 487 Sqn’s first female CWO Gemma Walden. Gemma who is now 20, leaves the ATC; however, it’s not for good!
Gemma joined the ATC in 2001 and over the years she has given great support to the Kingstanding Squadron. She has attended numerous annual camps in the UK along with an overseas camp in Cyprus. Gemma has also laid the wreath on behalf of the Warwick and Birmingham Wing at the annual Remembrance parade in Birmingham City Centre for the past three years.
However, it’s her work on the Sqn for which she will best remembered. 487 Sqn has always had a good number of cadets on parade at anyone time and in recent years the number of cadets has grown, and Gemma has been at the forefront of organising each parade night in order that everybody, including the staff, knows what they are doing!
Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn commented “Gemma has been a rock in the Sqn for the past 6 years and she will be missed by all. Cadets don’t often seen the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that all are trained correctly and events are organised properly, but Gemma has helped all members of staff in ensuring that the training plan is delivered”
Sgt Sarah Cotton ATC, presented Gemma with three pictures as a memento of her service within the Sqn. The main picture showed the whole Sqn on parade, and the other two pictures showed her at the top of Snowdon (Yes, she did get up there!).
CWO Gemma Walden is however, not lost to the ATC. Gemma has passed her wing commissioning board, and she is now awaiting the date for her regional board, so good luck to her. Gemma has now moved from 487 Sqn to 489 Sqn, they have obviously gained a great asset!
On Friday 19th September, 15 cadets and 4 staff traveled to the Snowdonia National Park to take part in the Sqn’s Snowdon Challenge 2008.
The Sqn was attempting to climb Snowdon in order to raise funds towards the up keep of the Sqn’s new mini-bus.
The cadets and staff arrived at the Capel Curig Army camp at around 2230 on the Friday night and all were soon settled into their accommodation. It was an early start on the Saturday morning, and with a good Army breakfast inside all, the challenge started.
The Sqn had decided to walk up the Pyg track and come down on the ranger track so the logistics of getting vehicles into the correct places was a challenge in its self! The climb started in fairly cool cloudy weather, however within an hour the sun had burnt all the cloud away and the views were tremendous as the climb continued upwards.
By around lunchtime, all the cadets and staff were at the top of Snowdon, except Plt Off Jennings who because of a dodgy knee decided he would go up a smaller mountain opposite Snowdon!
After all the pictures were taken at the top, mostly with a party of Royal Marines who were also climbing the mountain, the descent started and all went extremely well. All the cadets were off the mountain by 1600.
There was no let up on the Sunday; Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, CO 487 Sqn decided everybody needed to go on a map reading exercise, up another mountain. The challenge was to find a small lake and all the three groups managed to get there without any problems.
487 Sqn hope to raise a significant amount of money through sponsorship and it will all go to the mini-bus fund.
Flt Lt O’Neill commented “This has been a great team effort by both the staff and cadets. All the staff played a part in organizing the event, particularly in completing the paperwork for both Wing and organizing the accommodation at Capel Curig. All the cadets coped well and we were very fortunate to have one of the nicest weekends of the year to complete the challenge”.
Sunday 14th September was a special day in the history of 487 Sqn Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC. The Sqn, which was formed on 5th February 1941, paraded along with members from the Sqn’s ex cadet association at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire.
The Sqn had been invited to join a ceremony at the memorial to dedicate a tree to all those who have served on the Sqn through its history and in particular to those who fought in the Armed Forces during the Second World War.
A total of 57 people gathered around the tree and plaque for a short service in which dedications and speeches were made. CWO Gemma Walden read a short lesson which was well received by all. A poppy wreath was laid at the base of the tree by Ted Willets, who was the OC of 487 Sqn for over 20 years. Jack Smith, 84, an ex-Spitfire Pilot and who was the oldest person at the dedication, thanked members of the ex-cadet association for making the day possible. He also thanked the current cadets of 487 Sqn for making the effort to attend.
Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, commanding officer of 487 Sqn commented “Today was a great day in the history of our Sqn. To parade with the original founding members of our Sqn was very humbling. All the staff and cadets of the current day Sqn wish to pass on their thanks for the invitation to attend today’s events by the ex cadet association. We are now re-developing our website so that the history of the sqn is there for all to see.”
The three pictures show: The founding members and old cadets of 487 Sqn, the cadets of 487 Sqn in 2008, and the plaque which is at the base of the tree at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.
On Sunday 7th September, FS Steven Mason, and Cadets Robert Andrew and Martin Kemp from 487 Sqn, Kingstanding & Perry Barr ATC, travelled with Plt off Simon Jennings to RAF Wittering. The Cadets were taking part in the Central and East Region training day and this was the third year in a row that the Sqn had won through to the regional competition. The cadets were taking part in the Aircraft Recognition Competition, and once again they faced stiff competition.
Earlier this year the team had won the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Aircraft Recognition Trophy, this completed a hat trick of wins and once again the Sqn was selected to represent the Wing at the Regional championship.
The competition entails the cadets viewing a power point presentation of 30 different aircraft. However, they are not all Military aircraft and the civilian aircraft section was particularly tough. The image of the aircraft is only shown for a few seconds and the cadets then have a short time to right down their answers.
After a long and tiring day, the Final parade saw the 487 Sqn Team named the Regional champions for the second year running. The team will now go on to represent the Central and East Region at the National Finals which will be held at the RAF Museum, Hendon in November.
Plt Off Simon Jennings commented “Once again this team of cadets has proved that through hard work anybody can gain the knowledge needed to compete at the highest levels in the Air Training Corps. I would like to single out FS Steve Mason in particular; this was his last event as a cadet before he moves on to become a member of our adult staff. FS Mason has led the team over the past three successful years and he will be missed by all at the Sqn”
The picture shows from left to right, Cdt Martin Kemp, Cdt Robert Andrew and FS Steven Mason.
On Sunday 3rd August, 5 cadets and Plt Off Jennings travelled from the Sqn Headquarters in Kingstanding to RAF Cosford to fly with 8 AEF. These were extra flying slots and the Sqn was only too happy to take up the offer.
When we arrived at Cosford only a total of nine cadets were due to fly, so Plt Off Jennings, and two other staff members were able to fly as well.
All the cadets, for some unknown reason, wanted to complete as many aerobatic’s as they could, so the pilot’s vision of a nice quiet Sunday was shattered immediately. Cpl Rigby came back with tales of completing every aerobatic manoeuvre in the book, the Red Arrows had better watch out!
Cdt Kirby was the only cadet taking part in his first flight, and he too enjoyed the whole experience, including turning the aircraft upside down!
Pilot Off Jennings flight was a bit more sedate, a chance to try some proper flying for once, he now knows what the trim does anyway! However, his normal bank to the right turned into a scene from the Battle of Britain, Tutor’s can peel off like a spitfire!
All had a fantastic and safe day and all are looking forward to their next flight.
“Staff and cadets from 487sqn ventured to Earlswood on Saturday 26th July, for a weekend of initial expedition training. It was the first time the cadets had been on a walking exercise, and the first time for most staying in a tent. The Saturday morning began with some map reading instruction and the putting up of the tents.
As the morning drew on, it became increasingly apparent that it was going to be one HOT weekend, with the temperatures well into the mid 20’s! As the last of the clouds cleared from the sky, it was time to set off. We walked a challenging route for first time cadets, allowing them to navigate and take charge of the group using the SMEAC briefing method, which the cadets took in their (sweaty!) stride.
As fate would have it, we discovered we were sharing the campsite with 84 sqn! We joined forces after dinner for a great evening of initiative exercises and team building, followed by some relaxing by the campfire.
By 8am the next morning, the sun had already begin to blaze once again! After eating breakfast and ensuring everybody was ‘watered’ in preparation for another walk, we set off into the sun, armed with plenty of sun cream. Not only did the cadets tackle some more intensive map reading, but they were also tested with some challenging emergency scenarios. After some fake broken ankles, missing cadets and missing staff, the cadets were well versed in emergency procedure.
We returned to the campsite after a tiring weekend in the sun, waved goodbye to 84 sqn and returned to the squadron for a de-brief.
The cadets did very well on their first weekend of expedition training and are now well prepared to begin their bronze Duke of Edinburgh training in the autumn.”
On Saturday 19th July, 4 cadets from 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr, and Plt Off Jennings, travelled to 632 VGS at RAF Ternhill to take part in a GIC programme. 633 VGS from RAF Cosford moved from their normal base to Ternhill for the day, and once we had found the way into the station, all had a good day!
632 VGS has won the trophy for best VGS over the past two years and it has to be said that their facilities are excellent, both for the cadets and the staff!
Again, due to weather conditions, the flying was very challenging during the day with strong winds and rain been interspersed with bright periods of sunshine, we had it all!
All the cadets managed to get up during the day and complete their various GIC’s.
Thanks go to Sqn Ldr Tisley who had worked hard to get the Wing places at RAF Ternhill, it was certainly appreciated by all the cadets and staff of 487 Sqn.
On Saturday 5th July, 6 cadets along with Flt Lt Brendan O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn, travelled to DCAE Cosford to fly with the AEF. This was a re-scheduled visit; the Sqn had swapped with another unit who could not attend their AEF date in November.
Once again, this trip goes to prove that Cosford has its own weather patterns! When the cadets turned up at the Sqn, it was dark, the clouds were low and it was raining, it didn’t look promising!! However, a trip of just 30 minutes down the motorway changed all that, the weather at Cosford looked altogether more promising.
All 6 cadets flew during the day and all carried out aerobatics with their respective pilots. The sqn was helped during the day by its own staff cadet at the AEF, FS Steven Mason.
487 Sqn has been very fortunate this year, both in the number of flights and the weather we have experienced, over 20 different cadets have flown this year. The Sqn has also been able to take up other Sqn’s allocations and indeed even travelled out of our region to fly. All are looking forward to the second half of the year and more opportunities to fly both the Tutor and the Vigilant.
On Saturday 28th June 2008, 4 cadets and one staff member from 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, travelled to RAF Syerston take part in the Longest Day Exercise.
The Sqn had been invited by 643 VGS to take part in their day long event on which they try to break their record for the number of launches in one day. It’s not all about record breaking though, the staff tries to compensate for all those sqn’s who could not fly earlier in the year due to bad weather. With 643 VGS being out of our region we were very fortunate to be invited to take part.
643 VGS fly the Viking T Mk1 glider and as such this was a great opportunity for the cadets to fly this type rather than the vigilant based at Cosford and Little Rissington.
The cadets soon found out that it’s not as easy as flying a Vigilant however, no sitting down in a crew room waiting for your turn to fly. The cadets were transported to the middle of the airfield and were soon being instructed in the art of winches, holding the wings level whilst the winch goes “all out” and then running with the wing a short distance until the glider gets airborne.
All the cadets were undertaking their Gliding Induction Course (GIC) and as such they all had the opportunity to have three launches. The rate of climb of the Viking is tremendous and all the cadets were a bit nervous prior to their flights. However, all the work the cadets have to complete before their flights kept them busy and all eagerly climbed into the glider ready for their launches.
When the cadets had completed their launches all said that they had had a brilliant time.
The cadets and staff of 487 Sqn would like to send a very big thank you to the staff of 643 VGS. It was great to part of this special day and the Sqn hopes to visit them again in the near future.
The picture shows the cadets who attended the day along with Plt Off RAFVR(T) Simon Jennings:
Cdt Joshua Waldron
Cpl Anthony Rigby
Cdt Steven Lycett
Cdt Ryan Barnhurst
On Sunday 15th June, 4 cadets from the Sqn travelled to RAF Cosford to undertake their Gliding Induction Course (GIC1).
Cdts Hodgeson, Barnhurst, Pennells and Forys travelled with Plt Off Jennings on what turned out to be a wonderfully sunny day at the RAF Station.
It was a busy weekend for 633 VGS, there were a number of more senior cadets attending the school, and they were all undertaking their Gliding Scholarship (GS). The GS is open to selected cadets who are aged 16 or over and it is a very demanding course.
The four 487 Sqn cadets were soon up in the air though and all took control of the aircraft during their flight. The VGS at Cosford flies the Vigilant glider, which is powered by a small engine which allows it to get airborne by it’s self, and gliding is then carried out at a higher altitude. The engine is then used to bring the aircraft back into land.
All the cadets were presented with their GIC1 certificate at the end of the day, and all had had a great day.
Because the cadets were up and down quite quickly, the much visited RAF Museum at Cosford was once again visited!
If anybody would like to join the ATC why not contact Plt Off Jennings on 07989 967051.
On Sunday 22nd June 2008 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, travelled to the Bramcote Army Barracks in Warwickshire, for the annual Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing field training day.
The Wing Field Training day is a day full of competitions and 487 Sqn were entered in all events apart from Netball. The Sqn had won through to the football semi-finals and had also qualified to shoot in the 25 metre competition.
The day didn’t start well; both the junior and senior football teams were knocked out at the semi-final stage, however, to get through to this stage was a great effort by all.
The Sqn then entered teams in the First Aid competition and the Sqn was also defending their Aircraft Recognition trophy which they had won for the past two years. The Sqn then took part in the shooting competition and despite being a team member down; the team achieved a very acceptable score.
Finally came the drill competition for which all had been practising hard for a number of weeks in the run up to the actual day. Sgt Wilkes led a team of 12 cadets through the long display and nobody made a mistake, again a great effort by all.
After a long day of competition came the final parade. Approx 450 cadets from across the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing were on parade to watch the prize giving. After a long day, the cadets of 487 Sqn had won the following trophies:
Retained the Aircraft recognition trophy for a third year.
Cdt Andrew won the individual Aircraft Recognition trophy.
Cdt Creamer won the best individual shot.
To cap the day off it was announced that the Sqn had finished in third place in the overall standings, this out of a total of 27 Squadrons in the Wing.
Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn was also presented with a special certificate in recognition of all the hard work he has put in over the years in relation to BELA Training (Basic Expedition Leader Award).
Flt Lt O’Neill commented “To finish 3rd in the overall standings was a great effort by the cadets. We have being practising hard for this competition and all the hard work has paid off. I am particularly pleased for Cdts Creamer and Andrew, wining individual trophies in such a large competition is a great challenge. We finished 4th in the overall standings last year and third this year, we can only climb higher next year!”
The picture shows the staff and cadets of 487 Sqn with their trophies.
On Sunday 1st June, 11 cadets and two members of staff visited the RAF Cosford air show.
A journey that normally takes around 30 minutes took us nearly 3 hours!! Thousands upon thousands of cars were stuck on the M54 hard shoulder, probably because this was the first big air show of the year. There were also rumours that the long awaited first air display of the Vulcan was to take place and indeed RAF Cosford had put the aircraft into the line-up for the day. However, it was soon announced that due to paperwork problems the aircraft would not be turning up. It now looks like the RAF Waddington air show will be the Vulcan’s first display, rather apt really in that XH558 used to be based there.
We just managed to park the mini-bus as the first display started and there then followed around 5 hours of flying with some great displays. The two highlights of the show were firstly the Red Arrows, having to carry out their flat display due to the low cloud levels. Because the cloud was so low we were treated to the spectacle of the red white and blue smoke hanging low over the airfield. Directly after the Red’s came the thunderous display by the Typhoon. Again because of the low cloud levels, the aircraft seemed even louder than normal and when the re-heat was used, the whole ground shook!
Later in the day, the Blades display team entertained all at the show. The pilots are all ex Red Arrow pilots and their display was breathtaking.
Despite the traffic problems, a good day was had by all.
487 Sqn will next be visiting RIAT in July 08; we are all looking forward to that.
Cadets and Staff from 487 Sqn joined Warwick and Birmingham Wing for a weekend camp aboard HMS Bristol moored at HMS Excellence in Portsmouth.
For many of our cadets this was their first experience of a camp with the ATC and our journey started full of excitement. We enjoyed a trouble free trip to Portsmouth and were soon settled aboard HMS Bristol. Some cadets visited the Submarine Museum others looked around the Royal Marines Museum. The trip to the submarines involved a boat ride across Portsmouth harbour and the cadets also had the opportunity to drive the boat. Unfortunately for everyone else Flt Lt Westcott also took the wheel, which had every one racing for the lifeboats.
The cadets enjoyed a trip around HMS Alliance, a former World War Two designed submarine and saw how living quarters aboard were even more cramped than those aboard HMS Bristol. The Cadets then had the opportunity of visiting the Submarine Museum and, of course, the shop!
After another hair raising trip with the cadets driving the boat across Portsmouth Harbour the boat moored and the cadets had dinner followed by a bit of drill. In the evening all of the cadets and staff travelled to the local pier where the staff seemed to spend more time on the rides than the cadets.
After a 07:00 wake up on Sunday morning the cadets packed up and departed for the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. The Cadets enjoyed a visit to Action Stations, which allowed them to play with a full-scale Merlin helicopter simulator, scale a rock-climbing wall and to have a go at shooting down incoming missiles. The cadets were also treated to a film all about the Royal Navy.
Then came the highlight of the day a chance to go aboard HMS Victory. The cadets were treated to the expert knowledge of Flt Lt Westacott and his version of the tour. After all he had been on the Maiden Voyage!
After an excellent packed lunch provided by the Royal Navy the cadets were taken round Fort Nelson, which is situated outside of Portsmouth. Its original function was to protect the harbour of Portsmouth from attack. Today it is part of The Royal Armoury Museum. Soon the 15:00 gun signalled time to leave. The cadets enjoyed an interesting and stimulating weekend and all were looking forward to coming again to HMS Bristol.
The picture shows Cdts Reynolds and Dubbleman aboard HMS Victory.
On 27th May 2008, the new Central and East Regional Commandant, Gp Capt Morrell, visited 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC. 487 Sqn was the first Sqn in the Warwick and Birmingham Wing to be visited by the Commandant, and the first time the Sqn has been visited by the Regional Commandant since 2001.
Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn greeted the Commandant along with Sqn Ldr Coats who was also visiting the Sqn to deliver Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Despite it being half term, there was a good turn out of cadets on the evening. The Sqn is currently deep into a training programme for the Wing Field Training day on 22nd June, and the Commandant was given a drill demonstration which also included a short period of continuity drill.
At the final parade, Gp Capt Morrell thanked all the cadets for parading, in particular the new group of probationers currently under going training on the Sqn. The Commandant was particularly impressed with the Sqn’s overall training record, in particular in the area of sports, DofE and Aircraft Recognition.
Gp Capt Morrell also handed out Bronze DofE awards to Cpl Rigby, Cdt Mcguire, Cdt Webb and Cdt Creamer.
Flt Lt O’Neill, commented “We would all like to thank Gp Capt Morrell for taking the time in a busy schedule to visit our Sqn. The staff and cadets are working hard at the moment and we all look forward to seeing the Gp Capt again at our Wing Field Training Day in June”.
On Sunday 18th May 2008, cadets from 487 Sqn travelled the short distance to the Stockland Green Leisure Centre to compete in the Wing 5 a-side competition.
The Sqn entered teams in both the Junior and senior competitions and upon our arrival we were informed that we had a bye into the next round.
The Juniors placed first against 29F Sqn. 29F soon went into a 2-0 lead and all did not look good for 487, however, we managed to pull one back just before half time. 29F then scored again; however, it was disallowed due to the striker being inside the box, and shortly after 487 Sqn managed an equaliser. So at full-time it was 2-2 and it went to golden goals. 487 started really well in the first period and very quickly Cdt Thiarra scored the winning goal. A hard thought win, with great team work.
The Senior then played next, a local derby against 495 (Sutton Coldfield) Sqn. 495 were an extremely confident and skilful team, and they had earlier beaten 487 DF. 495 scored first, but our seniors quite quickly equalised. The rest of the game was a tense affair with a lot of hard tackling, but 487 managed to hit home the winner with seconds to go.
This is an extremely good performance by the Sqn and both teams now go onto play at the Wing Field Training Day in June.
The picture shows both teams prior to their games.
7 cadets from 487 Squadron joined cadets from 495 (Sutton Coldfield) and 165 (Castle Vale) squadrons to spend a chilly April Sunday on the range.
The day gave the chance for cadets to fire the No.8 .22 rifle, and for those that were qualifield also the opportunity to fire the L98 5.56mm Cadet GP Rifle. Cadets had the chance to improve their shooting skills and attempt to gain a marksman. Whilst no marksmans were achieved there were several cadets that came close to gaining one.
3 cadets - and one member of staff - from 487 Sqn joined other cadets from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing in attending the Wings first `Greens camp` at the Army Training Estate at Nesscliff. The camp ran from the 29th March to the 4th April.
The camp, run by WABSATT, enabled the cadets to participate in a range of outdoor activities. The cadets participated in Climbing, Absailing, communications training, fieldcraft and shooting. As a result of coaching over 15 Squadron and wing marskmans were earned during the shooting sessions.
The RAF Regiment at DCAE Cosford supported the camp with a Training day that included Shooting on the DCCT range, use of the low ropes confidence course and a pyrotechnics display. This was rounded off with RAF shawbury providing a flight in a Squirrel Helicopter for the 2 best cadets of the camp.
The camp finished with a final 24 hour fieldcraft exercise, with the cadets biving out for the night and completing various tasks set for them by the staff.
By the end of the camp all the cadets and staff were tired, but had had a very enjoyable camp.
On 27th March 2008, 487 Sqn held an open evening for the parents of existing cadets and also those potential recruits looking to join the Sqn. On what proved to be a very successful evening, the Sqn also celebrated the 90th Birthday of the RAF.
Over 30 cadets were on parade on the evening, and it is estimated that there were approx 40-50 parents attending also.
The evening was kicked off by the OC 487 Sqn, Flt Lt O’Neill. A short montage of the RAF followed, ending in a video showing the new Typhoon aircraft. The main theme of the evening was to show the parents the time line of a cadet, from them walking through the door, right up to producing an excellent drill squad display.
Flt Lt O’Neill commented “This was a very successful evening and I’m sure that all the parents enjoyed seeing their sons and daughters performing to such high standards. We also attracted a potential group of new cadets, and with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the RAF, all in all, it was a great evening.
The picture shows Flt Lt O’Neill cutting the Birthday cake, along with CWO Walden and Flt Lt Westacott.
If anybody would like to join the ATC why not contact Plt Off Jennings on 07989 967051.
487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr, Air Training Corps are planning a busy evening of recruiting and celebrating on 27th March 2008.
On 1st April 2008, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 90th Birthday, this makes it the oldest Air Force in the world. Unfortunately, due to annual camp and other training commitments the Sqn cannot celebrate the birthday on the actual day.
As well as celebrating the birthday of the RAF, the Sqn are also holding an open evening for the parents of existing cadets and for all those 13-18 year olds (both Male and Female) who are interested in joining the ATC.
The ATC is one of the largest youth organisations in the UK and is very proud of its links to the RAF. The ATC carry out many activities which include, flying, both gliders and fixed wing aircraft, adventure training, the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and many sporting events.
So, if you’re interested in joining the ATC why not have a look at our Sqn website at www.487sqn.org.uk? If you’re still interested we look forward to seeing you at 19:30 on 27th March 2008.
Go on, We Dare You!
Cadets from 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr, along with cadets from the Detached flight have been presented with a shield by the Kingstanding Royal British Legion club.
The cadets and staff of 487 Sqn collected £2100 over two days in November 2007. The cadets collected monies in Birmingham City Centre and also in and around the Kingstanding area. The total is £1000 more than last year. Members of the Civilian committee also took boxes of poppy’s into their workplace to help the overall effort.
During a delayed presentation ceremony at the British Legion club the President and Chairman made speeches in which they praised the efforts of the Sqn. Other British Legion members also passed on their appreciation of the cadets efforts.
Cdt Nolan collected the largest amount of money, a great effort to collect over £170, so well done to him.
All at the Sqn look forward to the poppy appeal this year and all are determined to raise even more money for the Royal British Legion.
On 16th February 2008, five cadets from 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr ATC, travelled to DCAE Cosford for a scheduled visit to 8 AEF.
On what turned out to be a freezing cold morning, the cadets from 487 were also joined by 4 cadets from 487 DF along with CI Sean Philips and Plt Off Jennings. Despite there being bright sunshine when all arrived at Cosford, the temperature was still below freezing and therefore the Tutor aircraft could not be pulled out of the hangar due to the risk of ice.
However, the sun soon warmed everything up and flying started at around 10:30. All the cadets who attended had a great day with all completing aerobatics during their flight. All the cadets were first timer flyers in the Tutor.
It was another long day at Cosford, but the chatter in the minibus on the way home showed that all had had a great day.
The picture shows Cdt Waldron returning after his eventful flight.
Cadets and staff from 487 ATC (Accompanied by the rest of Warwickshire and Birmingham wing) paraded at Holy Cross church, Daventry, for the 67th annual ATC Sunday parade marking the founding of the ATC. Cadets lead the singing with a rousing Jerusalem after which cadets and staff renewed their ATC promise.
Following The Church service the Wing paraded through the centre of Daventry, with the salute been taken by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire Lady Juliette Townsend, Central & East Regional Commandant Group Captain Ford, the Officer Commanding Wing, Wing Commander Ladwa and other honoured guests.
The cadets enjoyed a free buffet at the local legion club after completion of the formalities.
Flt Lt Westacott, commanding the detachment from 487, commented “The cadets behaviour was exemplary as was their singing !!,it was a pleasure to see so many cadets turn out for a Sunday parade and show their dedication to the corps".
487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr, marked another milestone in its long history recently when it promoted its first female to Cdt WO.
Cdt WO Gemma Walden, 19, has been with 487 Sqn for 6 years and she has enjoyed every moment of it. As you might imagine, Gemma has been involved in all aspects of training given by the ATC, including attending numerous annual camps, an overseas camp in Cyprus, DofE and for the last three years, she has laid the wreath on behalf of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing at the annual remembrance parade held in Birmingham.
Gemma commented “I feel very proud to have become the first female Cdt WO at 487 Sqn. I hope this will show all our other cadets, both male and female, that with hard work, anyone can make it through the ranks”
Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn, acknowledged all the hard work that Gemma puts in at the Sqn, particularly behind the scenes. He commented further “Gemma has helped the Sqn tremendously over the past few years, and the whole Sqn would like to congratulate her on reaching this milestone. Her enthusiasm is fantastic and we all look forward to working with her in the coming years”.
If anybody would like to join the ATC why not contact Plt Off Jennings on 07989 967051
The last two parades of the year saw 487 Sqn, Kingstanding and Perry Barr, letting its hair down!
On the final Tuesday parade of the year, the Sqn took a record number of cadets and staff to Tenpin at Star City. A total of 33 cadets, 7 adult staff and one member of the Civilian Committee travelled the short distance for a great night out. The Sqn took up 8 bowling alleys and all were able to play two games, and everybody was also fed with an assortment of burgers and chicken nuggets!! Everybody had a great night out and the staff at Star City were fantastic. The picture opposite shows the OC, 487 Sqn, Flt Lt O’Neill tucking into his meal!
The last Thursday parade saw everybody at the Sqn taking part in a general knowledge quiz. There were different categories during the quiz such as the RAF/ATC, Sport, Music, General Knowledge and History. Despite having their most educated and brainy person missing from their team (he was asking the questions!), the staff still managed to score a respectable 39 out of 50. The cadet competition was won by Cdt Tinkler’s team, so well done to them.
Flt Lt O’Neill, OC 487 Sqn and a Birmingham City fan, thanked all those who had taken part in the two events and he wished everybody a great Christmas and New Year, even Aston Villa fans.