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Welcome to Air Cadets North

The website for North Region, Royal Air Force Air Cadets

The Region covers most of Northern England in a line from the Mersey in the west, to the Humber in the east and north to the Scottish boarders. There are over 6000 Air Cadets in North Region, located at one of our 168 Squadrons. This means that where ever you are in the Region, there is usually an Air Cadet unit near you.

The 75th Anniversary Torch Relay

The Air Training Corps. 75th Anniversary Torch will be travelling through out the country from the 13th July – 28th August 2016 on an epic John O’Groats to Land’s End journey.

It will be travelling via many different means, from helicopters to canoes, riding on roller coasters and trains and visiting as many Air Cadets as it can along the way.

To find out where it will be, what it is doing and when, look here.

What Do Air Cadets Do?

You name it, there is a good chance there is an Air Cadet somewhere doing it!

Air Cadets is a voluntary, youth organization supported by the Royal Air Force. It is open to anyone aged 12 (And in year 8) to 20. It is considered one of the country's premier youth organisations and the world's largest youth air training organization.

Air Cadets provides a stimulating, exciting and varied program which ensures that all cadets achieve their full potential.  This may come in many different ways including academics, sport, flying, gliding, skiing, adventure training, leadership training and in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Most Squadrons will meet twice a week during which cadets are able to take part in many activities, as well as planning for additional ones. There are also numerous weekend events and activities, provided by the Squadrons.

Additional activities are organised by Wings, North Region and the Corps. These can take place at RAF Stations, Army Training Estates and even abroad and can last a lot longer than just a weekend. Your local Squadron is always looking for new people to join, be it as a cadet, volunteer staff or as a member of a Squadrons Civilian Committee.

Why not see where your nearest North Region Squadron is and see how you could get involved?

A Platform of Respect

A Platform of Respect

A normal day at Newcastle Central was interrupted by a group of First World War soldiers arriving at the station on their way to the Front.

RAF Photographic Competition 2016

RAF Photographic Competition 2016

With the longer days now with us and the upcoming 75th anniversary events, Easter Camp season etc etc, now is the time to consider making your entry for the RAF Photographic competition (or digging out the best of last year's).  When you go away on any activity, do not forget your camera.  Pictures of any ACO event can be entered but remember that this is a competition for Public Relations photos and so try and show some ACO "branding"; badges, brassards etc.  There is a no longer a dedicated class for cadets but all are eligible to enter the "Amateur Military" class.

A Party Fit for a Queen

A Party Fit for a Queen

A party fit for a Queen occurred at 2490 (Spen Valley) Squadron, where the air cadets held HM The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration. 

Tyneside Teen at Palace Party!

Tyneside Teen at Palace Party!

He may not have been listed in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, but a former Whitley Bay High School student has enjoyed a party at the palace, after being invited by Her Majesty the Queen as a thank you for the role he has played in the community.