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.
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?
North Region is developing an Aerospace Strategy and is looking for individuals to help shape and support it.
Flight Lieutenant Kellyann Martin, Commanding Officer of 2490 (Spen Valley) Squadron took up the Duke of Edinburgh Award's Diamond challenge recently. Her challenge took her to Peru, where she saw the mighty Inca settlement of Machu Picchu.
HM The Queen has approved an historic new commission for Cadet Force volunteers.
The new commission will be introduced for adult volunteer officers in the RAF Air Cadets, the Sea Cadets, the Army Cadet Force and the Combined Cadet Force Contingents in schools and colleges from April.
The month of November saw the cadets busy collecting for the Royal British Legion, helping to raise over £1000 on the 5th November in Bramhall Village despite the cold weather! Our thanks must go the The Mill Youth Club who provided us with Hot Chocolate and a warm place to sit in-between shifts. Continuing on the theme of Remembrance, 10 cadets from 55 SQN attended the annual Festival of Remembrance at Manchester Airport held under the wings of Concorde. The service was powerful and moving, reminding everybody of those who fought for our freedom in the World Wars as well as those who are still fighting today. Just a few days later on the 13th November, the squadron was in action again with everybody turning out to take part in the Bramhall Remembrance Day Parade and service. All of the cadets looked exceptionally smart and performed beautifully to keep the spirit of Remembrance alive.