On Thursday 31st August 2017 cadets and staff from 1182 (Shepton Mallet) Squadron spent the day at RAF Brize Norton being hosted by 622 (RAF Reserve Aircrew) Squadron finding out what life on the Air Base is actually like. The day started with a presentation about the capabilities of the station by Sqn Ldr O’Brien Officer Commanding 622 Sqn. This was followed by a guided tour around the RAF’s newest transport aircraft the Airbus A400M Atlas aircraft.

After lunch that was provided for all in the Sergeant’s Mess, the visitors attended the Station’s armoury where they learned about the different types of armaments that the military use. The Air Traffic Control tower was next on the itinerary where the cadets learnt how the military controlled air stations and movements around the airfields whilst at the tower they were treated to shows by the home station aircraft being the C17 Globemaster and A400M practising touch and go take off and landing’s along with fly-bys of an Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopter.

To conclude the visit nicely, all of the cadets got to try and their skills at flying a Hercules C130 around Gibraltar Station in a traditional short circuit. Some were better suited at this than others but all of cadets successfully landed the workhorse of the Air Force in a full motion state of the art simulator used to the train pilots.