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Success for 733 Squadron at Wing Training Day!

2015-05-18 11:49:03
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By CI M Richardson - 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron

Cadets from 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron recently had great success at Wing training day bringing home a trophy and a number of certificates!

Having spent a number of weeks in preparation for Durham and Northumberland Wing’s annual training day, a group of 12 cadets from 733 Squadron set off for South Shields with their eyes set on a number of prizes. The cadets had worked hard to prepare teams for a series of competitions they entered on the day; these included a First Aid team, a Drill team, a Banner Drill team, an Aircraft Recognition team, and also a team of budding photographers who submitted their entries into the media competition.

On the day, cadets from the squadron competed with teams from squadrons across the Wing. The Under 16 Aircraft Recognition team had great success, winning first place and taking home the Aircraft Recognition trophy! For 18 year old Cadet Flight Sergeant Matthew Ross this was a reason to celebrate, having spent numerous evenings training the team for the competition. On hearing the news of the squadron’s success, Matthew commented “I’d like to congratulate the team on their success! Our hard work and determination has really paid off and we now have a trophy to show for our efforts.”

There was success for other entrants from the squadron too with another first place win, this time in the Group B category of the Media Competition. 733 Squadron’s Media Communications Officer, Civilian Instructor Mark Richardson, said of the success, “It’s fantastic to see the skills and talents of our cadets being recognised and hopefully this will spark an interest that motivates and encourages them to continue developing their talents in the future.”

Overall the day was a great success for the squadron and also an enjoyable day for all the cadets that took part. Officer Commanding 733 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Greg Smith, added his congratulations; “It was great to hear of our Squadron’s success at Wing Training Day and I’d like to thank the staff team and cadets who worked hard to represent the squadron and prepare for all the competitions we entered.”

733 Squadron prides itself on providing a wide range of opportunities to cadets from the local area, with activities such as flying, gliding and shooting complementing schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC qualifications and the Youth First Aid Award to name but a few. The Squadron Parades on Monday and Friday nights at Kingston Park TA Centre. Visit for more information or email

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