Welcome to Consett Air Cadets!

We are a voluntary youth organisation based on and supported by the Royal Air Force offering a huge range of activities and opportunities to young people aged 12-20 years.

Our cadets have the chance to get involved in a huge range of exciting activities such as powered flying and gliding, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, target shooting and fieldcraft to name but a few.

If you are 12-18 years old and you think you would enjoy doing a range of activities as flying, gliding,shooting, adventure training, as well as gaining a variety of new skills and qualifications, all whilst enjoying new experiences and meeting new people, then the Air Cadets is for you!


Find out about the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, the Squadron’s history and where we are today.


From flying and gliding, to shooting and sports – our cadets get up to far more than you average teenager…


Whatever questions you have we’ll be happy to answer, in the meantime, take a look at some frequently asked questions.

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I’m Flight Lieutenant Keith Gilmour, Officer Commanding of 1409 (Consett) Squadron. Consett squadron has been parading in the Consett area for over 75 years, and during this time, the squadron, and the organisation, has changed & evolved to keep its place in the local community and maintain its appeal to the younger generation.

The Air Training Corps is the premier uniformed cadet organisation in the United Kingdom with over 40,000 cadets and 13,000 highly trained adult members of staff. Cadets aged 12-19 have the opportunity to take part in a bewildering array of fun activities including flying, gliding, target shooting, radio communications, field-craft and adventure training at a minimal cost!
It is an incredibly exciting time for 1409 (Consett) Squadron as our squadron is growing and the past three years have been our most successful to date!
So if you are in Year 8 or above at school and think you have what it takes to be an Air Cadet, why not browse this website or feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to tell you about the joining process and answer any other questions you might have!



About us

1409 (Consett) Squadron, was originally formed in mid-april, 1941. This was only 2 months after the formation of the Air Training Corps. We have primarily been in the same location since then – occupying three different buildings, the most recent of which opened in April 2015.