This month the Air Training Corps of 1024 Squadron Isle of Wight will celebrate its 70th Anniversary.
Formed in 1941 the ATC based in Ryde, was setup to help provide part trained young men for service in the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. The Squadron is still much a valuable service to the local community and country now as it was back then.
Over the 70 years the squadron has seen many of its men and women serve all around the world in her HM forces. As result of this hard work and bravery some cadets from 1024 Squadron have been awarded OBE’s and MBE’s by the queen.
1024 Squadron is now one of only two squadrons in the Hants Isle of Wight Wing which has been in existence for 70 years. In 2011 the squadron would like to recruit new cadets to join the Head Quarters base in Ryde. This does not only involve 13 to 18 year old boys and girls, but the associated mums and dads and ex service personnel that may wish to lend some voluntary time each week training the people of tomorrow.
What sort of things will I be able to do if I join?
All sorts of activities are available for you to take part in. Here are just some:
Flying, Gliding, Shooting, Navigation, Camping, Expeditions, Field Craft, Football and Rugby for male cadets, Hockey and Netball for female Cadets, Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country, 5-a-side Football, Rock Climbing, Hill Walking, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Leadership, and trips to RAF Stations including the new state of the Flight Simulation Suite.
When do Cadets Meet?
The Squadron is open from 1900 hours to 2130 hours on Monday and Friday each week. The HQ base is just off Marlborough Road in Ryde. Once enrolled the cost is £6.00 per month.
Does the ATC have a website?
Yes, you can find more general information including the recruitment video, photos and an ex cadet’s page at www.freewebs.com/atciow or you call us on 01983 563222.
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