Cadets head to air ‘battle’ on military course

Daventry Air Cadets at the Air Operations Acquaintance Centre RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
Daventry Air Cadets at the Air Operations Acquaintance Centre RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

Air Cadets from Daventry have experienced what it feels like to fly aircraft in a battle situation.

Twelve youngsters were given the rare opportunity to try out airspace management and battle control at the Air Operations Acquaintance Centre RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

The 12 cadets had been selected to take part in a special course using state-of-the-art flight simulators. During the weekend, they learn how to manage the airspace and air combat strategy. The course culminated in the cadets flying virtual F16s and Typhoons in a mock air battle.

Cadet Partridge said: “It was intense with lots to learn, but brilliant fun. The simulators were so realistic we felt we were actually flying the real thing.”

The course is run at the dedicated Air Cadet Air Operations Acquaintance Centre by the Corps highly skilled staff and is just one of many specialist courses aimed to broaden the cadets’ knowledge of a range of subjects.

Officer Commanding 497 Daventry Sqn, Flying Officer Chard RAF VR(T) said: “The cadets had a great time and now have a much better understanding of fighter control roles which is a highly skilled post.”

The Daventry Air Cadet unit is recruiting new cadets. Anyone aged between 12-and-a-half (year 8 in school) and 17 and who lives in the Daventry area is welcome to go along to see what the cadets get up to.

This year Daventry Cadets have tried their hand at shooting, basketball, walking, rock climbing and visited RAF stations. They also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and worked towards BTECs in aviation studies and public service.

The Daventry Squadron is based in the cadet centre in Waterloo, Daventry, and meets on Mondays and Thursdays between 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

To find out more about the squadron, contact Liz Chard at and to learn more about the Air Cadets in general, visit