Goole Cadets Visit RAF Scampton Heritage Centre
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By Sgt P Kelly - 2357 (Goole) Squadron
On Saturday 10th October 13 Cadets from 2357 (Goole) Squadron attended the Heritage Centre at RAF Scampton.
The cadets where given a guided tour by Mark Woods who works at the centre. The tour included the history of the station from it’s very early days and the transition from Army Air Corp to the Royal Air Force, through WW2 and the station being the original home of 617 Sqd, the Dambusters through to more recent history of the cold war and the last squadron of Vulcan bombers, which was poignant as XH558 was making its last flights that weekend, and our course now being the home of the Red Arrows.
The cadets were able to sit behind Wing Commander Guy Gibsons’s desk in the office he used during the Dambuster raids, spent time in the chapel with its stained glass window which depicts the history of the station, along with a number of other rooms which showed what life was like at the station during its years of service.
A room that sparked a lot of interest was the one dedicated to the history of the ATC, with some fantastic items showing how the ATC has changed since in conception in 1941. The room displays various uniforms that have been worn over the years and the types of activities that have been undertaken by cadets.
Finally they were shown into the hanger which houses a number of aircraft which have strong links to the stations history and many got the chance to sit in one of the Red Arrow Hawks which are on display.
Sgt George Killgallon said “it was a great experience to see how the RAF has evolved and also good to see how the ATC compares now to what it was so many years ago”.
Cdt Declan Greaves commented “the visit to Scampton was a great experience, looking at all the 617 Squadrons great achievement and special aircraft”
For more information please visit the Squadron website