Grandson of the RAF Founder inspects Air Cadets
Air Cadets from Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire had the great honour of parading before, and being inspected by, the Third Viscount Trenchard, Grandson of the ‘Father’ of the Royal Air Force, Lord Trenchard.
The cadets took a break from their annual Wing Field Day competition to form up on the Maitland Parade Square at RAF Halton, in celebration of the RAF’s 100th Anniversary. To make this occasion so memorable for all concerned, was the presence of Hugh Trenchard, the third Viscount Trenchard.
Accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss, CBE, and his vice, Mr Richard Beazley, the Viscount spent the morning before the Parade watching the cadets in active inter-squadron competition showing their skills in foot and banner drill, music, aircraft modelling and other activities associated with the Air Cadet Training.
The Parade, made up of 300 cadets and supporting staff made an impressive sight on the Parade square that has witnessed the graduation of countless airmen and airwomen into the Royal Air Force either as graduates of the apprentice courses or, in more recent times, Initial Recruit Training.
Viscount Trenchard expressed his feelings, saying: “I was very happy to attend. It’s clear to me that the air cadets are in excellent shape. I was delighted that 300 cadets from the two counties turned out for today’s special Parade.
“I thought the cadets were very well turned out and was impressed with the standards achieved in the various activities. RAF Halton was one of the original pillars of the new air service headed by my grandfather, and the commitment to training and excellence which have always been its hallmark have clearly been taken on board by the future generations. I felt honoured to be invited and proud of my association with the RAF today. For the cadets it was an unforgettable occasion and one I’m sure they will remember for a long time.”
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