The home of Consett Air Cadets

Are you up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Are you looking for something to give you the edge in life? Then welcome to RAFAC, better known as the ‘Air Cadets’. We’re part of a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.

We’re sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do.

As a cadet you’ll have the opportunity to do things that others only dream about. Want real flight experience? No problem. How about heading out on adventurous training and camps, sometimes overseas? Normal for cadets. Competitive sports, drill, shooting, music, abseiling, engineering projects? Our list of activities is long, varied and open to all cadets. Yes it’s a challenge, but that’s what life’s all about.

We do it all, at 1409 (Consett) Squadron.

tHINKING OF JOINING?

Our next recruitment evening will be taking place on Wednesday 5th October 2022 @ our Squadron HQ in Consett. Why not register your interest below and pop along to see what were all about!

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With numbers like these, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets truly is no ordinary hobby.

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What we've been up to...

Our latest community engagement

On Saturday 30th October, Cadets and Staff from 1409 (Consett) Squadron embarked on a 12 endurance hour, in aid of the charity Clowns in the Sky.
 
Split into 18 legs, our cadets flew our simulator over 1000 miles from the northern most airfield in the UK, John O’Groats, to the southern most point of Land’s End. In the cockpit, the cadets flew with a fully qualified pilot, (Flt Lt Blount/CI Ullathorne), and realistic enroute air traffic control provided by FS Campbell Andrews from RAF Brize Norton. Along the way, we visited many military airfields as well as some civilian, either landing or ‘flying past’ at the majority.
 
Meanwhile, whilst not flying a leg, the cadets and many members of staff hopped onto an exercise bike, in an attempt to achieve a culmative total of the same distance of 1000 miles, effectively racing the aircraft.
 
On the day, the cycling team pipped the aircraft at the posts by a time of approximately 45 minutes ahead, but as the sun begin to set and our aircraft was cleared to land from the break at Land’s End, our total sponsorship value had been revealed.
The cadets had raised over £2500 alone from their sponsorship efforts, with the total raised rising to well in excess of £5000. A truly remarkable achievement from all involved!